Aug. 28, 2015
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Is That a Fourth Wall in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

'Playing It Cool' doesn’t, but it’s awright

Ok Playing It Cool gets points for trying to be a different kind of romantic comedy but gets demerits for being dumb as shit.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 David Riedel

Saving the World with Quips and Explosions

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' isn't just more shit for assholes*

Yay Age of Ultron does what the smarter Marvel movies do: It drops the audience into the action at the top, gets them locked in to thrills and chills, and then worries about the story later.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 David Riedel

Adult but Not Grown Up

Nick Kroll tackles family comedy and drama in 'Adult Beginners'

Ok It seems the big comedy trope these days is the screw-up-makes-good comedy, and now Nick Kroll is getting in on it.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 David Riedel

Nativize Me

Sandler gaffe proves old habits are hard to shake off in Hollywood

Movie Reviews Last week, news broke that some Native American actors working on a new Adam Sandler movie in the area walked off the set over what they say are disrespectful jokes in the script, historically inaccurate costum...

Monday, April 27, 2015 David Riedel

Why Can’t You Just Play Ball, Dude?

'5 to 7' is great until it isn’t (and then it really isn’t)

Meh 5 to 7 starts so wonderfully that its left turn into bologna is all the more disheartening.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 David Riedel

Be Brave, Bold Robot

Alex Garland’s 'Ex Machina' has human limitations

Meh There are many things to admire in Alex Garland’s directorial debut, but there’s an underlying ickiness to the entire film.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 David Riedel

Some of His Lies Are True

Hill and Franco put on their drama coats for 'True Story'

Ok True Story is a quiet but tense rumination on the nature of truth.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 David Riedel

All Hail the Underdog(s)

'White God' is hard to watch

Meh For those who feel pained whenever animals suffer, on the screen or in real life, White God will be tough going.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 David Riedel

Get Ready to Get Mad

The debunkers are debunked in 'Merchants of Doubt'

Yay Most of the people interviewed in Merchants of Doubt make it clear that they know they’re disseminating bunk, and they’re just fine with that.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 David Riedel

Stolen Art, Stolen Lives

'Woman in Gold' should have huge stakes but struggles dramatically

Meh Here’s a question for you: What happens when you make a movie that’s a shameless bid for awards but isn’t good enough to win any of those awards?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 David Riedel
 
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