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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

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
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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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