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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

Oh, Just Make the Goddamn Choice

'If I Stay' is curiously flat

Meh I didn’t want to be so cynical about If I Stay because despite its heavy breathing and hand wringing, it does get a few things right

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 David Riedel

This Must Be the Place

'Drunktown’s Finest' has flaws but succeeds

Ok The three characters have disparate narratives that come together in ways that are overly contrived, but that doesn’t blunt Drunktown’s Finest's overall effectiveness.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 David Riedel

Sleights of Witticism

'Magic in the Moonlight' is offensive, but mostly because it’s bland

Meh Woody Allen has made a movie so bland, derivative of his earlier work and lazy, that it’s possible to wonder just what the man believes.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 David Riedel

Life, In a Nutshell

Everything happens in the wonderful 'Boyhood'

Yay Boyhood is magnificent, and the banality is charming.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 David Riedel

Young, dumb and full of mutagens

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' is yawn-worthy

Meh While I always liked the idea of there being teenage mutant ninjas turtles, every big-screen thing I’ve seen featuring them has left me cold.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 David Riedel

It’s 'Twister' Part 2!

'Into the Storm' is worse than bad; it’s boring

Barf Into the Storm is so similar to Jan de Bont’s mid-1990s unintentional larf-fest that one wonders how Warner Bros. isn’t suing itself.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 David Riedel

To Infinity Stone, and Beyond!

You’ll totes want to hang with these 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Yay Guardians of the Galaxy may be the best Marvel movie, period.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 David Riedel

Snooze: More Gangsters

Whitey doesn’t answer the questions it sets out to answer

Meh If you’re not already familiar with James “Whitey” Bulger, Joe Berlinger’s scattershot documentary Whitey won’t be much help. It assumes you know the case and spends little time getting into Bulger’...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 David Riedel

Bad Kids, Bad Parents, You Know the Drill

'Hellion' treads familiar ground

Meh Hellion is aided by a restrained performance from Juliette Lewis as Jacob’s aunt, who takes in younger brother Wes.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 David Riedel
 
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