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Did High School Hurt This Much?

‘The Spectacular Now’ is spectacular

Movie Reviews The Spectacular Now has been compared to John Hughes’ coming-of-age stories from the 1980s, but Hughes’ drama never went this deep, even at his best. Plus, the cast, especially leads Miles Teller (as Sutter...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 David Riedel

How to steal jewels and influence people

‘Smash & Grab’ presents an insider’s view of a heist

Movie Reviews One of the so-called Pink Panther jewel thieves was just arrested in the south of France, and look! Here’s a movie about the Pink Panthers, Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers. How timely!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 David Riedel

Drop and Give Me None

There’s no reason to get off your bloated ass if you watch these flicks

Sweat This summer has kind of sucked. Knee injury revisited, physical therapy, another trip to the doc for, perhaps, an MRI; maybe a cortisone shot, maybe surgery. Worse, the PT leaves you so tired, there’s nothing...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 David Riedel

Consider the Audience’s Ass Kicked

'Kick-Ass 2' doesn’t quite work

Movie Reviews Normally, the ins and outs of what makes it on screen from the source material—in this case, the revelation that Big Daddy is a psycho—don’t much matter.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 David Riedel

Blue, as in Depressed

‘Blue Jasmine’ is flawed, flaky and totally fascinating

Movie Reviews Sometimes so-so Woody Allen is so much better than everything else out there that I almost want to give him a pass when he doesn’t quite measure up. Take Midnight in Paris, a charming sort of trifle that, for...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 David Riedel

Blue, as in Blood

'The World’s End' is wacko, and wacko funny, too

Movie Reviews Sorry, peeps. The World’s End just isn’t as much fun as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, the other two Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright movies out there in the collective consciousness. Luckily, it’s stil...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 David Riedel

A Mess, But a Good Mess

'Lee Daniels’ The Butler' is strong enough for you to overlook its flaws

Movie Reviews It’s a good thing the heart of Lee Daniels’ The Butler (yes, that’s what it’s called) is Forest Whitaker, because the movie has a great story to tell but keeps getting in its own way.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 David Riedel

Yawn, a Monster

'Europa Report' may as well be set in a haunted house

Movie Reviews One of the most disappointing things about space exploration movies is that the bulk of them, eventually, turn into battles between humans and some kind of monster.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 David Riedel

Introducing Robby, the Robot

It’s 'Forbidden Planet'!

Movie Reviews These days, when we talk about Forbidden Planet, we seem to focus on the same things. “Hey, Leslie Nielsen was in a drama!” Yes, but he was in many dramas before his career reboot as a comic actor.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 David Riedel

Mexican Vacation

'We’re the Millers' has its moments

Movie Reviews David (Jason Sudeikis) is a pot dealer. His entire rig is stolen as he and his doofus neighbor, Kenny (Will Poulter), try to stop Shaun White lookalikes from robbing Casey (Emma Roberts), a runaway.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 David Riedel
 
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