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At Least It’s Only 93 Minutes

'The Double' deserves two middle fingers

Meh Richard Ayoade’s The Double is based on Dostoyevsky’s novel, but its only saving grace is that Jesse Eisenberg is likable.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 David Riedel

Watch It!

Top 10 summertime flicks

Summer Guide Sit back and watch some summer movies from bygone days—the kinds of movies that make you feel the humidity, air conditioning and that bead of condensation running down the side of your highball glass.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 David Riedel

Woke Last Night to the Sound of a Bomb Exploding

'Night Moves' is the latest quality film from Kelly Reichardt

Yay Night Moves follows a trio of people plotting to blow up a hydroelectric damn using a boat carrying approximately 1 ton of nitrogen-enriched fertilizer.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 David Riedel

Let Him Die in Peace

'Lullaby' has problems but still jerks some tears

Ok Lullaby has lots of problems. For one thing, it can’t get a handle on the comedy in it, though it’s most certainly a drama.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 David Riedel

Over the Hills and Far Away

Climb aboard the cable cars to ‘Manakamana’

Yay The idea of something being interesting-mundane captures the feeling one may have when being presented with Manakamana.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 David Riedel

Surprise! You’re Dead!

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is a smart summer action flick

Yay Edge of Tomorrow has all the signs of a creative team and studio wanting to make a good, borderline-great action spectacular, and the film delivers.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 David Riedel

Fear and Loathing in a Documentary

‘For No Good Reason’ goes skin-deep on Ralph Steadman

Ok Ralph Steadman seems like a nice, ordinary guy—at least as he’s presented in For No Good Reason—who, through satire, happens to get to the guts of his subjects in a way that is real, complete and uncompro...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 David Riedel

Bored. Disaffected. Whatevs.

'Palo Alto' is a solid debut for Gia Coppola

Ok Based on James Franco’s story collection, Palo Alto follows high schoolers as they are alternately bored, neglected, overwhelmed and drugged out.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 David Riedel

A Brief Encounter With a Stranger on a Train

'Just a Sigh' breathes heavily, but quietly

Ok Alix and Doug make their way from Calais back to Paris via train. Each is going through existential crises. They part ways. Except they don’t, because we know what happens with strangers on trains, right?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 David Riedel

Twists, Turns and Killin’

'Cold in July' is good, gritty stuff

Ok Cold in July is a stark, gritty production and a powerful example of what happens when the screenplay is one step ahead of the audience.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 David Riedel
 
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