Aug. 29, 2015
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'Slow West'. Because Fast East isn’t a thing

Ok In its best moments, Slow West manages to take the piss out of genre-mandated laconicism without losing sight of why we like it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Turning Frowns Upside Down or Some Shit

'Misery Loves Comedy' is for fans

Ok Misery Loves Comedy works because its subject—comedians and how they operate—is important to comedy fans.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 David Riedel

Is That a Fourth Wall in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

'Playing It Cool' doesn’t, but it’s awright

Ok Playing It Cool gets points for trying to be a different kind of romantic comedy but gets demerits for being dumb as shit.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 David Riedel

Adult but Not Grown Up

Nick Kroll tackles family comedy and drama in 'Adult Beginners'

Ok It seems the big comedy trope these days is the screw-up-makes-good comedy, and now Nick Kroll is getting in on it.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 David Riedel

Some of His Lies Are True

Hill and Franco put on their drama coats for 'True Story'

Ok True Story is a quiet but tense rumination on the nature of truth.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 David Riedel

Lots of Bodices, No Heavy Breathing

'Effie Gray' is an effective portrait of an oppressive relationship

Ok In many ways, Effie Gray is a smart, sharp feminist film, and it deserves to be seen by as many people who can see it.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 David Riedel

Nothing Can Stop the Horror

The monster in 'It Follows' will never stop

Ok It Follows takes the standard horror tropes—horny teenagers and stalking killers—and ups the ante.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 David Riedel

In the Defensive Zone

'Red Army

Ok As compelling as Red Army is, it feels incomplete.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 David Riedel

Celebrity with a Side of Gross

'Maps to the Stars' is in its own galaxy

Ok Maps to the Stars is a nasty little film—and though I use “little” a little pejoratively, it’s better than his last three.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 David Riedel

The Long Weekend

'Two Days, One Night' gets at class struggles and has a masterful lead performance

Ok  The Dardenne brothers make films that are, simply put, not for everyone.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 David Riedel
 
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