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Five Movies In One

'Rust and Bone' shouldn't work, but does [ok]

Movie Reviews One of the pleasures of Rust and Bone is that it just begins. We’re plopped into the story of Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) and his young son. They’re broke and trying to find food.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 David Riedel

THERE'S A TIGER IN YOUR RAFT!

'Life of Pi' is smart and moving [yay!]

Movie Reviews Life of Pi is a 3D-enhanced movie that avoids 3D trappings. Its use is like Avatar’s: completely immersive. It’s also a successful adaptation of a popular novel—no easy feat—that’s set mostly on a lif...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 David Riedel

Who Knew Adultery Was So Drab?

'28 Hotel Rooms' looks good, lacks personality [meh]

Movie Reviews One day, someone will have to explain the virtues of the adultery movie. Not because adultery is immoral; why would a filmmaker stack the deck from the beginning against the lead characters? Moviegoers can for...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 David Riedel

Deluded But Happy

'Silver Linings Playbook' gives us people to root for [yay!]

Movie Reviews Silver Linings Playbook seems like a losing proposition. The main characters are Philadelphia sports fans and mentally unbalanced people (no jokes about how those two things seemingly go together), an

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 David Riedel

Screw the Wolverines

'Red Dawn' sucks, still [barf]

Movie Reviews It’s official. Movie studios have become so lazy and cynical they’re now remaking even the crap, such as Red Dawn. Remember Red Dawn? It’s the jingoistic, Reagan-era piece of rah-rah shit.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 David Riedel

Honestly, Abe

Day-Lewis is excellent as Lincoln

Movie Reviews Let’s be honest: When Steven Spielberg makes a historical epic, they’re often bad. And not just, “Oh, he missed by that much” bad, but bad.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 David Riedel

Take the Bloody Shot!

Skyfall is Bond, love ’im or hate ’im [ok]

Movie Reviews Regular readers of the Santa Fe Reporter have, no doubt, noticed the ratings system we’ve adopted over the past several months. “Yay,” “Meh” and “Barf” speak for themselves, but “OK” is a litt...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 David Riedel

Bitter Tears

'Tears of Gaza' is brutal, one-sided [ok]

Movie Reviews It’s difficult to know what exactly to make of Tears of Gaza. It wants to be an indictment of war in general and also an indictment of a very specific war, the Gaza War of late December 2008.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 David Riedel

Embrace This Wreck

'Wreck-it Ralph' is a blast [yay!]

Movie Reviews Maybe it’s the 1980s and 1990s nostalgia for vintage video games. Maybe it’s John C Reilly’s and Sarah Silverman’s terrific performances as Ralph and Vanellope.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 David Riedel

Worst. Siblings. Ever.

It’s rough going, but see 'Sister'

Movie Reviews There’s a kid (Simon, played well by Kacey Mottet Klein) who’s been dealt a shitty hand; he exploits people around him by stealing—and not too smartly—at a ski resort. The adults aren’t much better...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 David Riedel
 
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