Aug. 28, 2015
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A Bike Lane Runs Through It

Dutch doc 'The New Rijksmuseum' reveals how art institutions do and don’t work

Yay Though it actually observes people falling asleep in meetings, the film itself is not boring.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Well, They Seem Nice

Let’s all make new friends with 'The Overnight'

Yay The establishment of intimacy, with all its confusions, frustrations and consolations, is just what interests writer-director Patrick Brice, who juices this minimal scenario with maximum efficiency.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

In Defense of Shutting In

'The Wolfpack' is a documentary about kids growing up in a locked house

Ok The Wolfpack becomes a loose laboratory study of the nature of escapism, raising such context-dependent questions as whether an obsession with Reservoir Dogs is healthy for kids.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

How Pruned Was My Garden

In 'A Little Chaos', Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet turn French history into a British period piece

Meh Alan Rickman has only directed two films now. His lack of practice is a hindrance, but not a deal-breaker on A Little Chaos.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Emotion Graphics

With 'Inside Out', Pixar once again gets into your heart and head

Yay A nimble ensemble piece, Inside Out exemplifies the platitudes of teamwork that seem baked in to the famously by-committee studio that produced it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Wastrels of the Upper West Side

Arielle Holmes gets discovered in 'Heaven Knows What'

Yay Heaven Knows What is a quasi-documentary of homeless young addicts adrift in the area that once was known as Needle Park.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Mother of Gwyneth Paltrow Appears Confusingly Sensible

Blythe Danner’s lack of lead roles until 'I’ll See You in My Dreams' seems like excessive karmic retribution for bringing kook into world

Yay Here’s a refreshingly uncommon movie protagonist: a retiree and widow, wistfully reclusive even in the company of three bridge buddies and one fledged daughter.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Personal, Training

We don’t say the word ‘mumblecore’ even once in this review of Andrew Bujalski’s 'Results'

Yay Filmmaker Andrew Bujalski's almost (but not quite) Hollywood-style film is a comedy about fitness training that hails by the dryly ironic title of Results.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

The Man Makes the Clothes

Design not quite within reach in 'Saint Laurent'

Ok Bertrand Bonello’s film comes on like a narcotic and presents the life of late designer Yves Saint Laurent in a series of oblique narrative vignettes.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Sans Popeye

'The Connection': Because in French, they don’t need to call it 'The French Connection'

Yay The fact-based tale of cops versus smack smugglers in 1970s Marseille may be familiar from a certain celebrated American film, but this take doesn’t seem daunted at all.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer
 
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