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So Much for Plot

Polisse is big, messy and emotional

Movie Reviews Polisse won the Grand Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and was nominated for 13 César Awards, the French equivalent of the Academy Awards. The film won two—Best Editing and Most Promising Actr...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 David Riedel

Quiet Escapism

The season’s first blockbuster antidote

Movie Reviews May is the time for Hollywood to say, “Smash, here’s your big fucking summer entertainment, America!” Exhibit A: Marvel’s The Avengers, which notably uses the word “smash.”For anyone suffe

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 David Riedel

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

What-Ever

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
 
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