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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

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
 
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