Nov. 27, 2015
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Looking for the Light

In 'Blind', a woman copes with losing her sight and a skewed perception of herself

Yay Blind isn’t without its problems, but it’s a compelling, unique view of a singular experience and the pain that comes along with it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 David Riedel

This Grandma Isn't Going to Bake Cookies for You

Lily Tomlin is great in 'Grandma'

Yay Grandma jumps along to become one of the surprises of the year.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 David Riedel

Power to the People

'Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution' tells a one-sided but fascinating story

Ok We’ve all be told so many things about the Black Panthers over the course of our lives, why not get something resembling a singular vision down on film?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 David Riedel

With Friends Like These…

'We Come as Friends' offers a stark look at Sudan and South Sudan

Ok We Come as Friends provides little context for its story; if you aren’t familiar with Sudan and South Sudan, you’ll probably be playing catch up.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 David Riedel

Better Deported than Red

'Jimmy’s Hall' has fine performances but a limp narrative

Meh Not that it matters, but Jimmy’s Hall is based on a true story, a 10-year chunk of real-life Irish Commie Jimmy Gralton’s existence; he’s infamous for being the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 David Riedel

One Hit-and-Run, a Bunch of Dirty Cops and a Funeral

'A Hard Day' has a fresh take on some cinematic tropes

Yay A Hard Day delivers the shocks and thrills, with a couple moments that are so jarring you may actually jump out of your seat.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 David Riedel

Cold Inside

There are no big surprises in 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine'

Meh Alex Gibney spends two hours going through every rotten thing Steve Jobs did in his life, and that would be a revelation if all this information hadn’t been available when Jobs was alive.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 David Riedel

A Coming-of-Age Story for the Dustbin of History

'Ten Thousands Saints' is terrible

Barf The story, despite being convoluted, is entirely predictable. The characters are paper-thin, and everyone is an asshole.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 David Riedel

Yawning for Fire

Yep, 'Digging for Fire' is standard white malaise fare

Barf I’m all for movies that mirror real life (or attempt to mirror real life), but Digging for Fire is so vapid I can only feel pity for the people who find it interesting.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 David Riedel


That’s the best one-word description of 'The Tribe'

Yay The Tribe is well crafted and smartly filmed and has heavy doses of nihilism and fatalism, all things that are right up this critic’s alley.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 David Riedel
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