Sept. 1, 2015
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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

Slipping Away

Julianne Moore delivers the goods in 'Still Alice '

Yay Still Alice is an assured piece of drama, and with Moore’s commanding performance—and Alzheimer’s—it has all the gravitas it needs.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 David Riedel

The Long Weekend

'Two Days, One Night' gets at class struggles and has a masterful lead performance

Ok  The Dardenne brothers make films that are, simply put, not for everyone.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 David Riedel

Gobbledygook and Silliness

'Jupiter Ascending' is so, so bad

Barf Is it too early to declare the Jupiter Ascending the worst movie of 2015? Probably, but there's going to have to be some serious shit out there to compete with it.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 David Riedel

Dirty Ol’ New York City

'A Most Violent Year' has elements of a great movie but falls short

Ok  A Most Violent Year shows the fallout on the human psyche of terroristic threats.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 David Riedel
 
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