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Irritated By Love

'Love Is Strange' smartly catalogues the ways family can drive us nuts

Yay Love Is Strange has the distinction of being a quiet movie that’s less interested in making grand statements than it is being a quiet portrayal of a difficult time in an extended family’s life.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 David Riedel

Burning Down the House!

'Happy Christmas': I’m an asshole!

Ok There isn’t much point to summarizing the plot of Happy Christmas; it doesn’t really have one.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 David Riedel

Another Day, Another Equation

'The Zero Theorem' is pretty dull

Meh The Zero Theorem even has the same feel as most Gilliam movies, which is to say it’s a tragedy masquerading as a comedy.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 David Riedel

Fiddly Digits, Itchy Britches

'Frank' is weird, beautiful and funny

Yay Co-screenwriter Jon Ronson came up with the story after spending time as a keyboardist for Frank Sidebottom, the alter ego of Chris Sievey, an English musician and comedian.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 David Riedel

Run For the Border

'Frontera' is pretty drab

Meh If you’ve ever wondered what a standard police procedural would look like with the added element of immigration, look no further.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 David Riedel

Wait, They Remade Vanilla Sky?

'The Congress' is kinda like the 113th—it does nothing

Meh The Congress starts with a great premise: An aging, rumored-to-be-difficult actor named Robin Wright (and played by Robin Wright) is presented with a deal.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 David Riedel

A Swiftly Warming Planet

Exploring rarely accessible fjords in 'Expedition to the End of the World'

Ok There’s a sort of single mindedness that the truly intelligent possess in Expedition to the End of the World.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 David Riedel

Calamari With a Side of Pacino

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return in 'The Trip to Italy'

Yay A few years after The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return in The Trip to Italy.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 David Riedel

On the Road Again

Old dogs, old tricks, in the delightful Land Ho!

Yay Land Ho! is the template for movies about older people at pivotal points in their lives.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 David Riedel

A Good Priest, a Bad Town

'Calvary' is good but not quite great

Ok Father James sits in a confessional. An unseen man enters the box and says, “The first time I tasted semen I was 7 years old.” Thus begins Calvary, writer-director John Michael McDonagh’s pitch-black come...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 David Riedel
 
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