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Unfinished Business

‘The Past’ is a masterpiece

Yay It takes a true artist to make what, on its face, is a mundane family drama and transform it into something profound. The Past, writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his 2011 film A Separation, is qu...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 David Riedel

Rocket man, why couldn’t you just be a dud?

‘The Rocket’ is just OK

Ok The Rocket is getting raves everywhere—except here. What it lacks in creativity it makes up for in spirited performances. Plus, it has the novelty of taking place in Laos.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 David Riedel

Everything is Awesome!

The Lego Movie is a joy

Yay It may seem odd that a movie based in such crass commercialism would, at its heart, be a tribute to what it means to have a free imagination. But that’s what The Lego Movie is.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 David Riedel

Sometimes Shorter is Better

The Oscar Shorts are worth your time

Yay Once again The Screen answers the question, “How the hell do I see the shorts that are nominated for Academy Awards”? Starting Feb. 7, the Oscar-nominated shorts in animation, live action and documentary wi...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 David Riedel

The Barfbag Queen

‘The Callback Queen’ is so bad, it’s hard to believe

Barf Here are some things The Callback Queen thinks are funny: Gay sex; Irish-English hatred as fuel for sex; eastern Europeans in general. And here are some things The Callback Queen thinks it knows about: Hollywoo...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 David Riedel

Roll Me Away

A kid looks for freedom with the ‘12 O’Clock Boys’

Ok This documentary follows 13-year-old Pug and his fascination with the Baltimore dirt bike group the 12 O’Clock Boys (so named for the way a rider can make his bike almost vertical when performing wh

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 David Riedel

And the Worms Ate Into His Brain

It’s ‘Pink Floyd—The Wall’ on the big screen!

Ok Pink Floyd—The Wall is so specific—it depicts, in moving picture form, the story told in Pink Floyd’s 1979 double album The Wall—and so very misanthropic, it’s really only for the biggest fans.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 David Riedel

Laborious

So much can happen on ‘Labor Day’

Barf The story told in Labor Day, about Adele (Kate Winslet), a divorced and depressed mother to young teenager Henry (Gattlin Griffith), and their long holiday weekend with stranger Frank (Josh Brolin) is absu...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 David Riedel

Bah, Humbug!

‘The Invisible Woman’ would have been more interesting if she were actually invisible

Meh On the Nov. 16, 2013 episode of Saturday Night Live, Jebidiah Atkinson—a speech critic played by cast member Taran Killam—appeared on “Weekend Update” and blasted every revered speech in histo

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 David Riedel

Best Horror Movie Title of the Year (So Far!)

‘Here Comes the Devil.’ Better watch out!

Meh We open with two women having sex. The doorbell rings and one woman leaves to see whom it is. A man attacks her and slicing off some of her fingers. Her lover grabs a lamp and knocks the guy over the

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 David Riedel
 
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