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And Action!

Get ready for the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Picks It’s 2013, so if my math is correct, this is the fifth annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Pretty cool. Less cool is its abbreviation, SFIFF, which isn’t even a proper acronym.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 David Riedel

It’s Unalive!

Romero’s zombies get the full work-up in Birth of the Living Dead

Yay As a fan of George Romero’s zombie work, it’s hard to view Birth of the Living Dead with any kind of objectivity. After all, without Romero’s Night of the Living Dead —and Birth points this ou

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 David Riedel

TAPIA

Meh Let’s be clear. It’s not the intention of this review to write ill of the dead. It’s not the intention of this review to piss on a local hero’s legacy. I’d be lying if I write that Tapia is

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 David Riedel

Blood and guts… gotta problem with that?

'Machete Kills' is long, dumb, and a lot of fun

Movie Reviews The early reviews for Machete Kills have largely been unkind. The big gripe appears to be that Machete Kills is too long, too repetitive and too superviolent. How many of these critics have seen a Robert Rodrig...

Friday, October 11, 2013 David Riedel

Tom Hanks… and pirates

'Captain Phillips' has its moments

Movie Reviews Sometimes when watching a movie that’s particularly emotionally distressing, one has to ask, “Just how much harrowing adversity can we watch these characters go through? What’s the endgame here?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 David Riedel

Nothing to see here

'Love, Marilyn' is truly lame

Movie Reviews Hey, here's something to savor. A bunch of actors reading—on camera no less!—words by lots and lots of people who have written things about Marilyn Monroe. And words by Monroe herself.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 David Riedel

I Seem to Be Floating, And Downward

It’s ‘Gravity’!

Movie Reviews Calling a movie Newton’s Laws of Motion would probably have the potential audience running for the hills.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 David Riedel

Not Enough

‘Enough Said’ is delightful

Movie Reviews It’s a shame there aren’t more movies like Enough Said. It’s a touching (and truly hilarious) comedy with moments of drama about people who are actual adults—people with children and responsibilities an...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 David Riedel

Come for the Crashes, Stay for the Story

Rush is better than it should be

Movie Reviews It’s that time of year between the end of summer and the beginning of the Oscar races when, traditionally, the genuine crap starts hitting the multiplexes. (You’ll also find crap from January to March, and,...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 David Riedel

Characters and Audience Abused

It comes together quite easily in Short Term 12

Movie Reviews I recently had a conversation with another critic about the jarring transition that some actors make from playing high school students to playing adults. For my money, the biggest jump is Jon Cryer playing Duck...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 David Riedel
 
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