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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

The Armstrong Lie

Meh Hey! Did you hear? Lance Armstrong lied and lied and lied and lied and lied and lied and lied and lied and lied about doping. For years! And years! And he bullied people who challenged him! And sued them!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 David Riedel

And you thought the first movie was bleak

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire catches fire alright

Yay If there’s a scale for film trilogy cliffhangers, the apex must be Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and the nadir Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire re...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 David Riedel

Sunlight Jr.

Meh Sunlight Jr.  When walking into the theater for a screening of Sunlight Jr., know one thing: The reference to sun in the title is this film’s only bright spot Sunlight Jr. is story of two broke, l

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 David Riedel

A Life, Close-Up

Everyone should see Blue Is the Warmest Color

Yay Among critics, some iteration of the phrase “there’s a really great movie wrapped around all this porn” has been uttered many times in reference to Blue Is the Warmest Color. Sometimes it’s sa

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 David Riedel

Dear Mr. Watterson

Meh Believe it or not, there are people out there who haven’t read Calvin & Hobbes. That means there are people who don’t know the sheer joy of reading about Calvin, a rambunctious and preternatur

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 David Riedel
 
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