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Ever Have the Feeling You’re Being Watched?

'Barbara' is quiet, dark and eerie [ok]

Movie Reviews Any time any American talks about being spied on by the government, that person should be forced to watch Barbara, a tense and quietly paranoid drama that takes place in East Germany in 1980. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 David Riedel

Beads, Boats and Brothers

'Tchoupitoulas' takes us on a tour of New Orleans [ok]

Movie Reviews It’s a documentary, sure. But it’s not really a documentary, if only because this magical night didn’t take place in one night, and these kids’ parents seem like the kind who would look for their boys i...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 David Riedel

They Shan't Be Released

'Any Day Now' shoots for the heart, misses [meh]

Movie Reviews It’s 1979. Two men meet in Los Angeles and quickly fall in love. One of the men, Rudy (Alan Cumming), the transplanted New Yorker who’s out and proud, works as the lead lip-syncher in a drag show at a Wes...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 David Riedel

The War on Terror

'Zero Dark Thirty' is one of the best movies of the year [yay!]

Movie Reviews Forget the brouhaha about Zero Dark Thirty’s politics. Any movie that can present events in which the audience knows the outcome and still have the audience holding its breath in anticipation succeeds.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 David Riedel

Yawn Park on Dullsville

'Hyde Park on Hudson' suffers needlessly [meh]

Movie Reviews The makers of Hyde Park on Hudson have a genuine head-scratcher on their hands. Their film about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, one of the most fascinating figures in American history, is stupefying in ...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 David Riedel

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

'The Central Park Five' details mostly forgotten wrongful conviction [ok]

Movie Reviews A piece of highly charged, quietly angry political filmmaking isn’t what the name “Ken Burns” summons, but that’s what The Central Park Five delivers.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 David Riedel

Santa Claus in Santa Fe

Enjoy the winter season, with some screen grabs.

Movie Reviews

Thursday, December 20, 2012 Jose V Chavez

The Western According to Tarantino

'Django Unchained' is bloody and fun [ok]

Movie Reviews First, the cynical: One wonders whether making a movie that takes place in the pre-Civil War American South is Quentin Tarantino’s way of getting around criticism for using the n-word.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 David Riedel

Congratulations, It’s Miserable

Dull and dreary 'Les Misérables' fails [barf]

Movie Reviews Les Misérables won’t go down as the worst movie of 2012, but it should go down as the biggest misfire. What this screen version of Les Misérables needs but doesn’t have is the artifice of theater.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 David Riedel

Take My Wife—In Fact, My Whole Family, Please

'This Is 40' revisits Pete and Debbie from 'Knocked Up' [ok]

Movie Reviews Anyone who walked out of writer-director Judd Apatow’s previous movie, Funny People, thinking his next would tread a tighter narrative line will soon be set straight.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 David Riedel
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