Feb. 14, 2016

Let Him Die!

Dirty Grandpa is just so very awful

Barf It’s hard to say for whom Dirty Grandpa is more embarrassing: Aubrey Plaza or Robert DeNiro. 

Jan. 25, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Fervor on the Red Carpet

Documentary looks at cult of celebrity and awards shows

Barf What do the gritty details of the OJ Simpson trial and the splendor of the red carpet have in common? Aside from being studded with celebrities and paparazzi, it might not seem like much.  Howe

Jan. 25, 2016 by Anna Mae Kersey

Stove by a whale of a film

Ron Howard’s latest soaks viewers in tons of stinking blubber

Barf “No right-minded sailor discards what might yet save him,” a first mate tells one of his desperate men after a month adrift at sea.

Dec. 09, 2015 by Lucas Iberico Lozada

Wonder-less

Reality TV meets Tuscan beekeepers, with disappointing results

Barf Ah, the world of foreign film, wherein we find ourselves nonplussed by societal pressures which practically dictate we must enjoy the work simply for its seemingly exotic nature.

Dec. 09, 2015 by Alex De Vore

A Coming-of-Age Story for the Dustbin of History

'Ten Thousands Saints' is terrible

Barf The story, despite being convoluted, is entirely predictable. The characters are paper-thin, and everyone is an asshole.

Aug. 26, 2015 by David Riedel

Yawning for Fire

Yep, 'Digging for Fire' is standard white malaise fare

Barf I’m all for movies that mirror real life (or attempt to mirror real life), but Digging for Fire is so vapid I can only feel pity for the people who find it interesting.

Aug. 26, 2015 by David Riedel

Made for TV?

'A Murder in the Park' has a big-screen story but small-screen treatment

Barf This documentary has a can’t-miss story, but the filmmakers have hacked this film together as if it’s a true-crime doc on cable.

July 22, 2015 by David Riedel

Snoozeland

It’s all glowers and dropped plot threads in 'Strangerland'

Barf This is a movie where people look sternly at each other for long periods of time and then shout, and then look sternly at each other again.

July 08, 2015 by David Riedel

People Suck, and So Does This Movie

Take heart; the Italians are as bad as the Americans if 'Human Capital' is proof

Barf If Human Capital is the kind of thing that’s supposed to pass for great foreign cinema these days, we’re all assuredly fucked.

Feb. 18, 2015 by David Riedel

Gobbledygook and Silliness

'Jupiter Ascending' is so, so bad

Barf Is it too early to declare the Jupiter Ascending the worst movie of 2015? Probably, but there's going to have to be some serious shit out there to compete with it.

Feb. 04, 2015 by David Riedel

Your Kung Fu Is Badath

Mike Tyson and Donnie Yen, together at last

Meh Kung Fu movies are awesome. When given the opportunity to review Ip Man 3, it’s advisable to jump-kick at the chance. Unfortunately, Ip Man 3 disappointed in everything but the Kung Fu department.

Jan. 20, 2016 by Ben Kendall

Dealing with Daddy

Bowling brings the boys together in Ally Walker’s directorial debut

Meh Sex, Death, and Bowling is an amusing and occasionally touching—if utterly predictable—traipse through family, the afterlife and, well, death and bowling.

Dec. 02, 2015 by Lucas Iberico Lozada

Film-Flam

The true story of a gifted writer who was kind of a huge jerk

Meh The ultimate issue with the film version of Trumbo's life is that it mostly seems like he was an insufferable prig rather than heroic crusader for political freedoms.

Nov. 25, 2015 by Alex De Vore

Agent Down!

'Spectre' is the long-awaited 26th Bond film, but it's long and hollow

Meh How do you like your James Bond? Brooding and brutal, with a healthy dose of melancholic angst? Or breezily throwing out quips as he murders his way around the world?

Nov. 11, 2015 by AP Kryza

Lost in Translation

Bill Murray can't save 'Rock the Kasbah's cultural missteps

Meh Bill Murray plays a has-been—or perhaps never-was—rock manager named Richie Lanz, whose favorite client (the insufferable Zooey Deschanel) finds her way onto a USO tour of the war-torn Middle East.

Oct. 28, 2015 by Casey Jarman

If You Don't Watch This Movie, They'll Probably Shoot a Dog

It’s there in the title of 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon'

Meh Is this movie worth seeing? That will depend on how you feel about 1970s and 1980s comedy nostalgia.

Oct. 21, 2015 by David Riedel

Surprise, Surprise, the Genius Is Difficult

'Steve Jobs' is not difficult, but it is a chore

Meh Give screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle credit for making a biopic that skirts tradition.

Oct. 21, 2015 by David Riedel

Not Enough Romance, Comedy, or Drama

Sleeping with Other People is a chore to get through

Meh What makes Sleeping with Other People rank above a “barf” rating is its willingness to explore the seamier sides of human interaction.

Sept. 30, 2015 by David Riedel

Better Deported than Red

'Jimmy’s Hall' has fine performances but a limp narrative

Meh Not that it matters, but Jimmy’s Hall is based on a true story, a 10-year chunk of real-life Irish Commie Jimmy Gralton’s existence; he’s infamous for being the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland.

Sept. 09, 2015 by David Riedel

Cold Inside

There are no big surprises in 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine'

Meh Alex Gibney spends two hours going through every rotten thing Steve Jobs did in his life, and that would be a revelation if all this information hadn’t been available when Jobs was alive.

Sept. 02, 2015 by David Riedel

The Force Awakens: Not Just for Nerf Herders

JJ Abrams' foray into the franchise is far better than we could have hoped for

Movie Reviews As Thursday the 17th wore on, SFR Art Director Anson Stevens-Bollen and I felt our Star Wars tickets burning holes in our respective pockets. 

Dec. 18, 2015 by Alex De Vore

Nativize Me

Sandler gaffe proves old habits are hard to shake off in Hollywood

Movie Reviews Last week, news broke that some Native American actors working on a new Adam Sandler movie in the area walked off the set over what they say are disrespectful jokes in the script, historically inaccurate costumes, characters who speak in halting English and generally shitty attitudes (my take) from producers.

April 27, 2015 by David Riedel

Good Riddance, 2014

It was a bad year for good movies and a good year for bad movies

Movie Reviews So 2014 is finally over, and I think I speak for everyone who loves movies when I say: Good goddamn riddance, 2014. You sucked. Like, REALLY SUCKED.

Dec. 30, 2014 by David Riedel

It’s a Wrap!

2013 was a year filled with glory, slurps and triple barfs

Movie Reviews So this year was a pretty good one for movies. It’s just that movies that were bad were so bad. Just inexcusable. Sweet Jesus. But we’ll get to those after my five favorite movies of 2013.

Dec. 31, 2013 by David Riedel

Fall Flicks

It’s the attack of the award-worthy films!

Movie Reviews Welcome to autumn. As we all know—and if you don’t, WHAT THE FUCK, ARE YOU LIVING UNDER A ROCK?—it’s the time of year when the studios, big and small, start pushing their awards fodder picture

Oct. 25, 2013 by David Riedel

Blood and guts… gotta problem with that?

'Machete Kills' is long, dumb, and a lot of fun

Movie Reviews The early reviews for Machete Kills have largely been unkind. The big gripe appears to be that Machete Kills is too long, too repetitive and too superviolent. How many of these critics have seen a Robert Rodriguez movie before?

Oct. 11, 2013 by David Riedel

Tom Hanks… and pirates

'Captain Phillips' has its moments

Movie Reviews Sometimes when watching a movie that’s particularly emotionally distressing, one has to ask, “Just how much harrowing adversity can we watch these characters go through? What’s the endgame here?

Oct. 09, 2013 by David Riedel

Nothing to see here

'Love, Marilyn' is truly lame

Movie Reviews Hey, here's something to savor. A bunch of actors reading—on camera no less!—words by lots and lots of people who have written things about Marilyn Monroe. And words by Monroe herself.

Oct. 09, 2013 by David Riedel

I Seem to Be Floating, And Downward

It’s ‘Gravity’!

Movie Reviews Calling a movie Newton’s Laws of Motion would probably have the potential audience running for the hills.

Oct. 01, 2013 by David Riedel

Not Enough

‘Enough Said’ is delightful

Movie Reviews It’s a shame there aren’t more movies like Enough Said. It’s a touching (and truly hilarious) comedy with moments of drama about people who are actual adults—people with children and responsibilities and jobs—and not just assholes who work in graphic design.

Oct. 01, 2013 by David Riedel

Yet Another Comic Movie

There’s even a guy who gets killed by a Zamboni

Ok When two major studios announced they were working on a Deadpool feature film, it was hard to imagine how 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios were going to accomplish bringing a lesser-known cult-status character into motion picture territory.

Feb. 10, 2016 by Ben Kendall

Panda-monium

Jack Black is the chosen one, again

Ok The CGI animated film has practically become old hat at this point, with countless productions from Pixar, DreamWorks, Fox, etc. over the years and no shortage of vehicles looming on the horizon.

Feb. 03, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Shenanigans and Goings-On

Sisterly love go awry

Ok Here’s the thing about Amy Poehler and Tina Fey: They’re great at what they do, and they’re not so great at what they don’t do. I know, I know, shocker! This was precisely my problem with Sisters.

Jan. 13, 2016 by Ben Kendall

Crime of the Century

The crash of 2008 is made plain in Adam McKay's new film

Ok What’s that old saying about how if you’re not pissed off, you’re not paying attention? Obviously, this sentiment rings especially true in America, where the rich literally steal from the poor, and we know and allow it.

Jan. 06, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Animated Alternate Reality

Take the kids to see 'The Good Dinosaur' for goodness sake

Ok Disney/Pixar’s latest animated flick is also the first feature-length animated film from director Peter Sohn, best known as the model for chubby scout Russell in Up.

Nov. 25, 2015 by Brianna Stallings

Labyrinth of Whys

Labyrinth of Lies explores the Frankfurt Nazi trials but really only scratches the surface

Ok Labyrinth of Lies follows young a Frankfurt prosecutor as he seeks justice when he is unwittingly tangled within the hidden truths of a war-torn country.

Nov. 11, 2015 by Alex De Vore

Experimental Madness

Directors take off with comic aspects of genre in 'The Forbidden Room'

Ok The Forbidden Room melds the heavy symbolism of small-bore psychoanalysis with early-Hollywood camp.

Nov. 11, 2015 by Lucas Iberico Lozada

Candidate Zero

Manipulating the press and slandering your opponent to victory in 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

Ok Our Brand Is Crisis is based loosely on the 2005 documentary by the same (dumb) name, which is itself based on the real events of the 2002 Bolivian presidential election.

Oct. 28, 2015 by Alex Falcone

Gaslighting Charlie

It’s all head games until someone goes nuts in 'Breathe'

Ok Director and co-writer Mélanie Laurent (usually seen in front of the camera) crafts a heartbreaking tale of teenage cruelty.

Oct. 14, 2015 by David Riedel

Bless the Beasts and Children

'Beasts of No Nation' is good but relentlessly grim

Ok Even if this movie is fiction, child soldiers aren’t (which Fukunaga and the other filmmakers remind us of in the credits).

Oct. 14, 2015 by David Riedel

What Did You Do in the War on Terrorism, Daddy?

The Interview debacle isn’t over, and it’s pretty bizarre

See By the time you read this piece, it will be a week since Sony canceled the release of James Franco and Seth Rogen’s comedy The Interview. And then news broke Tuesday that the The Interview will screen on Christmas after all, just in limited release.

Dec. 23, 2014 by David Riedel

Killing Hollywood-Style for Real

‘The Act of Killing’ is a bizarre must-see

See The Act of Killing is such a surreal movie it’s almost hard to believe that all the killings in it took place. 

Feb. 25, 2014 by David Riedel

Rollin’ on the Dead River

A tense literary thriller from local filmmaker

Yay Write what you know. Never meet your heroes. Truth is stranger than fiction. There are two sides to every story. These ideas and more are at the heart of Dead River.

Feb. 04, 2016 by Brianna Stallings

Distant Murmurs

Documentary sheds light on old conflict

Yay War. War never changes. Between June 5 and June 10, 1967, Israel fought a two-front war against the collected forces of Syria, Egypt and Jordan.

Jan. 27, 2016 by Ben Kendall

Grizzly

DiCaprio serves up his own brand of mountain-side justice in González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant'

Yay Whereas there are any number of standout western films that occupy the pantheon of filmmaking, there has been an almost unnoticeable resurgence in postmodern, cerebral storytelling within the genre ov

Jan. 10, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Definition of Suspense

Documentary explores classic cinema bromance

Yay In 1966, French filmmaker François Truffaut, known primarily at the time for The 400 Blows, wrote to the acclaimed master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, and invited him to discuss his entire body of cinematic work in great detail.

Jan. 06, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Wide Awake

JJ Abrams’ foray into the franchise is far better than we could have hoped for

Yay As Thursday wore on, SFR Art Director Anson Stevens-Bollen and I felt our Star Wars tickets burning holes in our respective pockets.

Dec. 23, 2015 by Alex De Vore

Buckets of Blood on the Snow

Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' was worth the wait

Yay The Hateful Eight Filmgoers have been champing at the bit for The Hateful Eight—director Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film and second Western— since he announced it in 2013.

Dec. 23, 2015 by Brianna Stallings

Thou Shalt Be King

The Scottish Film aims big and delivers

Yay It’s refreshing in this age of flashy big-budget flops to see an enormous film take on an intimidating subject and thrust a dagger of nearly perfect artistry through it.

Dec. 16, 2015 by Lucas Iberico Lozada

What's Old is New Again

Paranoia surrounding technology isn't a modern invention

Yay It wouldn’t entirely make sense to call Dreams Rewired a documentary.

Dec. 16, 2015 by Alex De Vore

Women after the War

'Beneath the Olive Tree' explores untold horror story what happened in Greece after WWII

Yay Filmmaker Stavroula Toska’s new documentary, Beneath the Olive Tree, aims to uncover an often hidden chapter of WWII history from the viewpoint of Greek women who survived the aftermath of their country’s occupation.

Dec. 02, 2015 by Alex De Vore

Are You Ready

'Creed' is a knockout movie with a rocky premise

Yay Creed centers on Adonis Johnson Creed, the son of Rocky’s enemy-turned-friend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), who died in the ring in Rocky IV.

Nov. 25, 2015 by Alex Falcone
 

Morning Word: State Budget Woes

Land commissioner suggests raising gasoline taxes

Morning Word As the price of oil dropped to $26.19 a barrel on Thursday, Sen. Finance Chairman John Arthur Smith says the state budget will likely have to be cut again.  ... More

Feb. 12, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

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