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It's Not Your Fault

'Insurgent' plays by the rules and is pretty dull for it

Meh Insurgent, bless its heart, relies even more on Young Adult fiction tropes than The Hunger Games.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 David Riedel

In the Defensive Zone

'Red Army

Ok As compelling as Red Army is, it feels incomplete.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 David Riedel

Cindermehlla

'Cinderella' is pretty, and pretty lifeless

Meh This version of Cinderella has no teeth; the only thing resembling conflict is Blanchett’s rather overblown  stepmother.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 David Riedel

Vampires, Transcended

What We Do in the Shadows is an unexpected take on old favorites

Yay You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you skipped out on What We Do in the Shadows if you’re skeptical of vampire films or fake documentaries.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 David Riedel

The Inner War

'Queen and Country' picks up where 'Hope and Glory' left off

Yay In Queen and Country, preparing for war is dull, dreary, and an excellent opportunity to make mischief.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 David Riedel

Under Their Thumb

'Timbuktu' humanizes the players in a totalitarian regime

Yay Director and co-writer Abderrahmane Sissako humanizes the jihadists without ever sympathizing with them; he’s on the side of ordinary people being forced into a totalitarian existence.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 David Riedel

Celebrity with a Side of Gross

'Maps to the Stars' is in its own galaxy

Ok Maps to the Stars is a nasty little film—and though I use “little” a little pejoratively, it’s better than his last three.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 David Riedel

People Suck, and So Does This Movie

Take heart; the Italians are as bad as the Americans if 'Human Capital' is proof

Barf If Human Capital is the kind of thing that’s supposed to pass for great foreign cinema these days, we’re all assuredly fucked.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 David Riedel

It's Finally Here! And This Is It?

'Fifty Shades of Grey' is 50 shades of meh

Meh Now that Fifty Shades of Grey is upon us and we can get past the hype, here’s the real deal: It ain’t bad. It isn’t good, either, but it’s also not the train wreck that most people seem to wan

Monday, February 16, 2015 David Riedel

Political Action

'1971' details a little-remembered break-in

Yay After the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the Kent State shootings, and amid the escalation of the Vietnam War, a group of anti-war activists took it upon themselves to do something abo...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 David Riedel
 
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