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Hope Springs

Screenplay and milquetoast approach betray its supremely talented cast

Movie Reviews The latest from The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankle certainly knows how to deliver emotional truth, but its screenplay and milquetoast approach betray its supremely talented cast.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Corey Johnson

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Portrait of the artist as dissident

Movie Reviews When Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is asked how he’s so fearless, he replies, “I’m so fearful!" We wouldn’t know by his actions.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 David Riedel

She's alive...ALIVE!

Ruby Sparks can’t decide what to do with itself

Movie Reviews Ruby Sparks defies easy categorization. That’s not because it’s so original; it isn’t. Writer’s creation comes to life? Definitely seen it before. Its bigger stumbling block is that it can’t decide wh...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Total Recall Redux

Bombastic imagery and slick chase sequences

Movie Reviews I’m not going to talk about the 1990 film Total Recall. The remake should be allowed to stand on its own feet and justify its existence with its own virtues. And for about 40 minutes, it does just t

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Corey Johnson

Riches to Rags

The Queen of Versailles shows the American dream in reverse

Movie Reviews It began its life as a documentary about David and Jacqueline Siegel’s attempt to build the largest single-family home in the US. When the home was half finished, the housing bubble burst and the mo

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 David Riedel

Vote LOL

"The Campaign" is a welcome return to form for Will Ferrell

Movie Reviews Depending on your tastes, Will Ferrell hasn’t played the lead in a truly good comedy since The Other Guys (2010), Blades of Glory (2007) or Anchorman (2004). He’s starred in bad comedies and good

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 David Riedel

Don’t Watch, Whatever You Do

'The Watch' is so bad it’s kind of unbelievable

Movie Reviews 'The Watch,' which was called 'Neighborhood Watch' until the Trayvon Martin shooting, has bigger problems than its title. Here are two...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 David Riedel

Trishna of the d’Urbervilles

Michael Winterbottom’s latest take on Thomas Hardy is flat

Movie Reviews Director Michael Winterbottom takes a hard left from the comedy of The Trip into serious drama (and melodrama) with Trishna, his third Thomas Hardy adaptation.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 David Riedel

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
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Morning Word: To Protect and Troll

Morning Word Santa Fe Police Sergeant Troy Baker has a lot to say about some of the people he's sworn to serve and protect ... and it isn't nice. ... More

Feb. 21, 2017 by Matt Grubs


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