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How Pruned Was My Garden

In 'A Little Chaos', Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet turn French history into a British period piece

Meh Alan Rickman has only directed two films now. His lack of practice is a hindrance, but not a deal-breaker on A Little Chaos.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Can You Tell Me How to Get to the Story?

'I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story' is featherweight

Meh When I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story is over, you'll have no better idea of what makes Spinney tick.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 David Riedel

Why Can’t You Just Play Ball, Dude?

'5 to 7' is great until it isn’t (and then it really isn’t)

Meh 5 to 7 starts so wonderfully that its left turn into bologna is all the more disheartening.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 David Riedel

Be Brave, Bold Robot

Alex Garland’s 'Ex Machina' has human limitations

Meh There are many things to admire in Alex Garland’s directorial debut, but there’s an underlying ickiness to the entire film.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 David Riedel

All Hail the Underdog(s)

'White God' is hard to watch

Meh For those who feel pained whenever animals suffer, on the screen or in real life, White God will be tough going.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 David Riedel

Stolen Art, Stolen Lives

'Woman in Gold' should have huge stakes but struggles dramatically

Meh Here’s a question for you: What happens when you make a movie that’s a shameless bid for awards but isn’t good enough to win any of those awards?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 David Riedel

Gay Panic! (At the Prison Yard)

Good chemistry can’t elevate 'Get Hard's lethargy

Meh Apparently in 2015, no one got the memo that it’s not funny when someone thinks sucking a dick is the worst thing that can happen to him.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 David Riedel

We've Seen That Robot Movie, Too

How many plots from better films can you spot in 'Chappie'?

Meh While Chappie has gritty style, it has jack shit for substance.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 David Riedel

It's Not Your Fault

'Insurgent' plays by the rules and is pretty dull for it

Meh Insurgent, bless its heart, relies even more on Young Adult fiction tropes than The Hunger Games.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 David Riedel


'Cinderella' is pretty, and pretty lifeless

Meh This version of Cinderella has no teeth; the only thing resembling conflict is Blanchett’s rather overblown  stepmother.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 David Riedel
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