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A Smart Comedy About Divorce

'Celeste & Jesse Forever' is sharp, funny and heartbreaking

Movie Reviews Imagine this: Two best friends fall in love, get married and seem to have the happiest union of anyone around. Then suddenly, they split up. The weird thing is, they remain inseparable friends.That’

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 David Riedel

He Sees Dead and Dismembered People

ParaNorman is fun with a message

Movie Reviews It seems crazy, but animated films may be the best way within the movies to tackle mature themes. How else can a movie make us deal with subjects such as death and bullying without coming off like an After Scho...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 David Riedel

Late Summer Cars and Guns

'Hit & Run' is fitfully fun

Movie Reviews Just because Hit & Run hits theaters now doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s not necessarily good, either. However, there are enough solid laughs and stunt driving to make one gloss over the many things ab...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 David Riedel

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
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