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'Won't Back Down' backed down from decent screenwriting [barf]

Movie Reviews Won’t Back Down takes a very serious subject—public education and failing schools—and makes it seem as if changing a school’s curriculum and faculty is pretty easy if—gosh golly!—you want it enoug...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 David Riedel

Review: The Master

He shoots, he misfires [meh]

Movie Reviews The Master is competently made and beautifully acted, but there’s a larger sense that the parts do not add up to a whole.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 Corey Johnson

Birth, Death, Repeat

Samsara is a thing of captivating beauty [yay!]

Movie Reviews Forget what you’ve heard or read about Samsara. Non-narrative, dialogue-free, whatever. It is a completely immersive film experience—fascinating from the moment its first images appear on screen until th...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 David Riedel

Fortunately, this loop ends

Looper's premise its smart, its execution not [meh]

Movie Reviews In 2072, it’s impossible to kill a person. Living people can be tracked and, when they’re no longer living, the authorities are alerted. Pity the mafia, which faces the prospect of not killing any

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 David Riedel

Robot & Frank

Thoughtful, well-acted and unique

Movie Reviews It’s hard to find a movie that’s more thoughtful, better acted or more unique than Robot and Frank. Simply put, it’s one of the best movies of the year, and one of the best science fiction films of all ti...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Corey Johnson

Dredd 3D

Karl Urban bangs down the gavel

Movie Reviews With a sixth place debut and only six million dollars against a 50-million dollar budget (pretty low for a 3D actioner), it’s safe to say that this film has officially bombed. Which is incredibly depressin...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Corey Johnson

A Nebulous Stew of Whatever

Everything and nothing happens in 'Union Square'

Movie Reviews In independent filmmaking there’s a comforting near-truth: Good independent films are more likely to see release than bad independent films. Indie pictures don’t have gargantuan marketing budgets to cover...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 David Riedel

Bang Bang! You're Dead.

'End of Watch' manipulates

Movie Reviews The one thing worse than a movie that’s so totally rah-rah about its subject is to put the audience in a position to care about its subject and then to, rather ruthlessly, kill its subject. Or in the case of ...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 David Riedel

Killer Joe

William Friedkin's latest flick is finger-licking so-so

Movie Reviews Director William Friedkin has returned once again, however, this time, he’s dressed in Tracy Letts’ stage gown. Based on Letts’ eponymous play, Friedkin and his recent collaborator (Bug, 2006), deliver an...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Jose V Chavez

Matt, I’m Only Dreaming

'Sleepwalk with Me' is hilarious [yay!]

Movie Reviews Mike Birbiglia has made something of a miracle. Sleepwalk with Me is hysterically funny, filled with good stand-up, sympathetic performances and characters we care about.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 David Riedel
 
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Morning Word: Soda Tax Campaign Gets Sticky

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March 23, 2017 by Matt Grubs

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