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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

Your Move, Kids

You’ll live and die by chess in 'Brooklyn Castle' [yay!]

Movie Reviews Each time I’m feeling cynical about our country’s future, along comes a documentary like Brooklyn Castle.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 David Riedel

There Will Be Three of These Films

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' is totes meh [meh, duh!]

Movie Reviews In the beginning, there was writer-director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings series, and it was good. There was Middle Earth, a magical world of elves, wizards, hobbits, dwarves and men. Even those who wer...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 David Riedel

Clean and Sober

'Smashed' gets recovery right [ok]

Movie Reviews There have been so many addiction and recovery stories in the past decade that it’s entirely reasonable to think we don’t need another. As singer-songwriter Mike Doughty writes in his recent drug-filled m...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 David Riedel

Look Out For That Train!

'Anna Karenina' misses [meh]

Movie Reviews Occasionally, a movie comes out that begs the question, “Really, what was the point of that?” Congratulations to director Joe Wright, star Keira Knightley and writer Tom Stoppard.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 David Riedel

Five Movies In One

'Rust and Bone' shouldn't work, but does [ok]

Movie Reviews One of the pleasures of Rust and Bone is that it just begins. We’re plopped into the story of Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) and his young son. They’re broke and trying to find food.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 David Riedel


'Life of Pi' is smart and moving [yay!]

Movie Reviews Life of Pi is a 3D-enhanced movie that avoids 3D trappings. Its use is like Avatar’s: completely immersive. It’s also a successful adaptation of a popular novel—no easy feat—that’s set mostly on a lif...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 David Riedel

Who Knew Adultery Was So Drab?

'28 Hotel Rooms' looks good, lacks personality [meh]

Movie Reviews One day, someone will have to explain the virtues of the adultery movie. Not because adultery is immoral; why would a filmmaker stack the deck from the beginning against the lead characters? Moviegoers can for...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 David Riedel
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