Oct. 10, 2015
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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

Dirty Ol’ New York City

'A Most Violent Year' has elements of a great movie but falls short

Ok  A Most Violent Year shows the fallout on the human psyche of terroristic threats.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 David Riedel

Too Much Time on My Hands

'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night' is almost as good as it’s rumored to be

Ok Now that I’ve seen A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, I can sound off on whether its tagline—“the first Iranian vampire Western”—rings true.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 David Riedel


'The Search for General Tso' gets to the bottom of the popular dish

Ok As with all documentaries about deceptively simple subjects, The Search for General Tso seems to be about one thing but is actually about a much bigger topic.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 David Riedel

Don’t Go West, Young Women

'The Homesman' is unrelenting and bleak

Ok The question of a woman’s value is at the heart of The Homesman, director Tommy Lee Jones’ decidedly feminist Western.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 David Riedel

Flightless and Buoyant

The waterfowl in 'Penguins of Madagascar' are good for some yuks

Ok For those who like their animated movies crazy and with a throw-it-at-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks attitude, this is the flick for you.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 David Riedel

Comedy and Torture

'Rosewater' almost works

Ok Jon Stewart’s debut as writer-director almost works, and it’s not quite good, but it’s certainly better than a rainy day flick.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 David Riedel

We Call Upon the Author

'20,000 Days on Earth' documents Nick Cave

Ok If you’re a casual Nick Cave fan 20,000 Days on Earth probably isn’t for you.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 David Riedel
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