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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

New Age of Paranoia

A viral cult film’s hidden right-wing agenda

Movie Reviews Thrive, a two-hour documentary that screens Friday at the Performance Space in La Tienda, sells itself as an optimistic vision of a utopian future marked by “free energy,” freedom from oppression and spirit...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Eric Johnson

Three Boys

Taika Waititi’s Boy is slight, charming and fun

Movie Reviews It’s 1984. Our hero is Boy (James Rolleston), a plucky kid living in an isolated New Zealand town with his younger brother, Rocky (Te Aho Eketone-Whitu), four younger cousins and their grandmother, who cares ...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 David Riedel

This is a Film

Iranian director makes art despite a government ban

Movie Reviews Filmmakers, filmgoers, students and academics have debated for years about what makes a film. Is it a series of uninflected images strung together? Tightly choreographed camera moves?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 David Riedel


WE's two stories still don't make a full film

Movie Reviews Watching WE, Madonna’s latest terrible directing effort, it’s difficult to know exactly for what she was striving. An old-fashioned romance? A softhearted take on Wallis Simpson, a woman with whom she clear...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 David Riedel

A Good Turn

From New Wave crap to endearing drama

Movie Reviews Spanning eight turbulent years, Declaration of War (La guerre est déclarée) nods at Shakespeare in the lead characters’ names, but then the rest of the film is all French.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Sara Malinowski

The Horror

In Darkness exploits Holocaust for effect

Movie Reviews Here’s the danger with Holocaust dramas: At some point, they run the potential of departing from themes of war, human suffering and triumph in the face of adversity, and tipping into standard horror fare.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 David Riedel
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Morning Word: Santa Fe Proposal Aims to Protect Native American Art Consumers

Morning Word Local businesses would be required to prove they are selling authentic Native American art if the proposal is approved by city councilors.  ... More

Oct. 18, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr


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