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Bless the Beasts and Children

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a must-see

Movie Reviews Just when it seemed there would be no respite from the glut of bad movies pouring into the multiplexes—and even the indie houses—we may all rejoice. Beasts of the Southern Wild is not only the best movie ...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 David Riedel

Verily, He is Risen!

'The Dark Knight Rises' and blows up summer movies

Movie Reviews There’s been griping that The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t reach the heights of The Dark Knight; that the villain, Bane (Tom Hardy), is no Joker, who thrived on chaos and was therefore the scariest bad guy ...

Thursday, July 19, 2012 David Riedel

Rainy Days and Monday used to get him down

Paul Williams: Still Alive is a fun, if slight, documentar

Movie Reviews If you don’t know the name Paul Williams, you’ll recognize his songs. This is the man behind “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “The Rainbow Connection” and Barbra Streisand’s smash, “Evergreen,” to ...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 David Riedel

The Youngish Man and the Sea

Josh Lucas is good but 'Hide Away' squanders the Great Lakes

Movie Reviews There’s something romantic about the water. Storytellers have been drawn to it over and over again, and great movies, have resulted—from Phillip Noyce’s Dead Calm, to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws a

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 David Riedel

A documentary as difficult to classify as its subject

Grant Gee’s Patience (After Sebald)

Movie Reviews Those not sufficiently steeped in the late W.G. Sebald’s work may find themselves puzzled at this documentary about him. Those who know his work will probably find it perfectly appropriate. I don’

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 David Riedel

Swallowed by the Darkness

Bela Tarr’s 'The Turin Horse' is powerful and bleak

Movie Reviews There are movies that feature difficult lives shrouded in adversity. There are movies that feature good people struggling through hard times. Then there is The Turin Horse, a movie that portrays lives that a...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Movie Review: Ted

Seth MacFarlane doesn't quite make a seamless jump into films with Ted, his feature directorial debut

Movie Reviews Seth MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy and several other nearly identical shows) hasn’t quite made a seamless jump into films with Ted, his feature directorial debut.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Corey Johnson

Enough of the reboots, OK?

The Amazing Spider-Man, sadly, is not

Movie Reviews After the way-too-much-going-on Spider-Man 3, one would think the cynical minds behind this reboot would concoct a story that doesn’t fly in a million directions at once. There’s nothing wrong wit

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 David Riedel

Rome as only Woody can do it

To Rome with Love is charming, slight and funny

Movie Reviews It’s been opined over and over that Woody Allen’s late career resurgence can be traced to his arrival in Europe. Starting with Match Point, the guy has churned out one winner after another. Even S

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 David Riedel

Lotta Quirky Goin' On

How about some hipster cred with your cinema?

Movie Reviews Because Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom is getting the kind of raves usually reserved for doctors who cure polio, it’s necessary for me to admit this up front: I don’t like his films. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 David Riedel
 
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