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More like 'The Secret Life of Walter Shitty'

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' holds you in contempt, so why not make a lame joke at its expense?

Barf The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is terrible. Just terrible. It’s wrongheaded, silly, and worse, confused. The story—about Walter (Ben Stiller), who works as a negative asset manager at LIFE magazine—is p...

Thursday, December 26, 2013 David Riedel

I got your spoonful of sugar right here

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is weightless, charming

Ok Walt Disney’s early animated movies considerably softened their source material. The witch in the Snow White fairy tale dies by dancing to death while wearing glowing hot iron shoes. In Carlo Collod

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 David Riedel

American Meh

We're all hustled by ‘American Hustle’

Meh American Hustle is, in some circles, being touted as a masterpiece. It’s easy to see why. Good cast (Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner). Respected director (David O Ru

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 David Riedel

Kinda Great, But Kinda Terrible

'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' suffers from comedy sequel disease

Meh No movie with as many jokes a Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues can fail completely (but please don’t steal from Bloom County next time, guys). The sheer volume guarantees some will stick. But there

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 David Riedel

My Father's House

‘Nebraska’ rewards the patient

Yay Nebraska follows what has become a template for director Alexander Payne: Take a character—in this case, Woody (Bruce Dern)—make him unlikable, and set him on a path to redemption.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 David Riedel

This Hobbit Ain’t Messin’ Around

Whew! ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is good!

Yay Yay, verily! Peter Jackson has arisen! The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a bajillion times better than the previous installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Piece of Shit. In fact, it’s almost as if one co...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 David Riedel

Promise You Won’t Helicopter, Parents

‘American Promise’ is fascinating, flawed

Ok American Promise is a muddled documentary that falls short but ultimately succeeds because of its fascinating subjects. The tale of two middle-class black children, Idris and his friend, Seun, who get...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 David Riedel

Old, White and Bored

The Great Beauty isn’t great but it is beautiful

Meh The old white guy is Jep (Toni Servillo, who’s better than the screenplay deserves), a man who wrote a successful novel in his 20s and then spent the next 40 years living the good life, writing the occasional...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 David Riedel

Weekend of a Champion

Meh A few months ago, Ron Howard’s Rush, the biopic version of the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt, hit the big screen and sank quickly at the box office. That’s too bad, because ...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 David Riedel

Stallone wrote it and you’ll see it

Ain’t no deer and antelope playin’ on this Homefront

Ok The 1971 thriller The French Connection has one of the worst poster taglines ever: “The time is just right for an out and out thriller like this.” What does that mean? Vietnam blows?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 David Riedel
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