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Actually, She’s Not Alive

The 'Her’ here is an operating system

Ok In the sort-of utopian not-too-distant future, men wear high-waisted pants and mustaches without irony. Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his operating system, Samantha.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 David Riedel

Sing! But Hire a New Lyricist

'Enzo Avitabile Music Life' is a decent half-portrait

Ok Enzo Avitabile Music Life doesn’t feel like a finished film. It feels like 80 minutes of sort of compelling footage that’s missing the last 20 or so minutes that may make it vital.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 David Riedel

I got your spoonful of sugar right here

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is weightless, charming

Ok Walt Disney’s early animated movies considerably softened their source material. The witch in the Snow White fairy tale dies by dancing to death while wearing glowing hot iron shoes. In Carlo Collod

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 David Riedel

Promise You Won’t Helicopter, Parents

‘American Promise’ is fascinating, flawed

Ok American Promise is a muddled documentary that falls short but ultimately succeeds because of its fascinating subjects. The tale of two middle-class black children, Idris and his friend, Seun, who get...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 David Riedel

Stallone wrote it and you’ll see it

Ain’t no deer and antelope playin’ on this Homefront

Ok The 1971 thriller The French Connection has one of the worst poster taglines ever: “The time is just right for an out and out thriller like this.” What does that mean? Vietnam blows?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 David Riedel

ZERO CHARISMA

Ok If only we could point and laugh at Scott (Sam Eidson), the master of a game he’s created, a Dungeons & Dragons-type RPG populated by guys who won’t be getting a date for Saturday night. It’

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 David Riedel

Just Decide Already!

An impossible choice leads to infinite realities in Mr. Nobody

Ok So what happens when we we’re faced with making a choice we don’t want to make? That’s the question in director Jaco Van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody, a well-mounted, well-meaning, well-acted riff on

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 David Riedel
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 David Riedel

What goes up doesn’t always come down

Tragedy on The Summit

Ok In August 2008, 18 climbers ascended K2. Eleven died. Nick Ryan’s documentary makes clear why climbers (some of them, anyway) consider K2 more dangerous than the taller Everest. It makes clear why a

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 David Riedel
 
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