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You don’t know any people like them

“People Like Us” works despite its flaws

Movie Reviews In the movies, “Inspired by true events” usually means “100 percent horseshit.” The story in People Like Us feels like baloney, but we all know someone who’s uncovered a shocking secret

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 David Riedel

More Like 'Cautious'

Brave can't decide what it is

Movie Reviews Something’s not quite right with Brave. It looks wonderful, is acted expertly by its voice cast and has moments of catch-your-breath drama, but the tone is all wrong. After the inspired storytelling of Up, Fi...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 David Riedel

A Whole Lotta Clichés Goin’ On

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding is just plain bad

Movie Reviews Peace, Love & Misunderstanding is so bad that it’s a small miracle the picture was made at all. Even the premise is bad: Divorcing 40-ish mother of two takes the kids to see their grandmother, Gra...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 David Riedel

Driving M Philippe

Rich Man, Poor Man, and Earth, Wind and Fire

Movie Reviews  A fabulously wealthy quadriplegic (François Cluzet of Tell No One) hires an ex-con from the projects (Omar Sy) to take care of him in The Intouchables, which in March became the top-grossing non-English-...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Ann Lewinson

So Much for Plot

Polisse is big, messy and emotional

Movie Reviews Polisse won the Grand Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and was nominated for 13 César Awards, the French equivalent of the Academy Awards. The film won two—Best Editing and Most Promising Actr...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 David Riedel

Quiet Escapism

The season’s first blockbuster antidote

Movie Reviews May is the time for Hollywood to say, “Smash, here’s your big fucking summer entertainment, America!” Exhibit A: Marvel’s The Avengers, which notably uses the word “smash.”For anyone suffe

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 David Riedel

Above Water

Optimism from an island president

Movie Reviews I find it frustrating that human beings perpetuate destructive behaviors until they’re faced with death or worse fates. We don’t floss until we’ve had cavities; we don’t eat healthy or exercise until we...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Melina Laroza

If only distress were this easy

Damsels in Distress is ever so slight

Movie Reviews Writer-director Whit Stillman is back. We could debate over whether he was missed, but rest assured, after his 13-year break following the underwhelming The Last Days of Disco, he remains singularly Stillmanesq...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 David Riedel

Never More

The Raven tells an all too familiar tale

Movie Reviews The Raven is in trouble before the first thinly drawn character appears on screen. The audience is informed, via title card, that in the days before his death, Edgar Allan Poe was mumbling incoherently on ...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 David Riedel

Kind Stranger

The Dardenne Brothers lighten up

Movie Reviews The Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (L’enfant, Rosetta), who stumbled a bit with their last film, Lorna’s Silence, have made a winning comeback in The Kid with a Bike, a coming-of-age tale abo...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Ann Lewinson
 
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