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Planet of the Dopes

Hopefully 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is followed by 'Demise'

Barf First there was Rise. Before that there was Tim Burton’s remake. Before that there were five Planet of the Apes films, the first of which has the distinction of being adapted by Rod Serling, so...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 David Riedel

A Contender for the Worst Movie Ever Made

'Third Person' is rotten, rotten and rotten

Barf Director Paul Haggis could have done the audience a big favor by making a short movie, as the endless narratives of Third Person don’t allow for any one story to dominate.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 David Riedel

Thumbs Up

'Life Itself' is a wonderful chronicle of Roger Ebert

Yay What comes through most in Life Itself is Ebert’s love of movies, the depth of his film knowledge and the relationships he had with the people who loved him.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 David Riedel

Got Songs?

'Begin Again' is featherweight and cute

Yay Begin Again is wholly implausible, has characters that couldn’t exist in real life and has an ending that’s just so syrupy sweet, but also has a decent soundtrack and winning performances. I’m in.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 David Riedel

Of Course the Future Is Dystopian!

'Snowpiercer' is tons o’ dark fun

Yay Snowpiercer takes place roughly 18 years after the world has been thrust into a new ice age. All the survivors boarded a train called Snowpiercer, and the train circles the globe once a year.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 David Riedel

On Bouffe Pas

'Le Chef' is fun until it isn’t

Meh  Le Chef falls under the screwball comedy umbrella, and it’s really, really silly and really, really French about it.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 David Riedel

Give the Punters What They Want

'Lucky Them' is funny, sad and surprisingly poignant

Yay Lucky Them’s Ellie is told by her editor to find her ex-boyfriend, a beloved disappeared Seattle musician, and write a story about what he’s been doing for a decade.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 David Riedel

Decisions, Decisions

Obvious Child is the best comedy of 2014 (so far)

Yay Obvious Child is funny as shit. It’s possibly the most laugh-out-loud comedy of 2014.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 David Riedel

A Life Less Ordinary

'Violette' is difficult but rewarding

Ok  If you can get through the first 30 minutes of Violette, you’ll be rewarded with another 105 minutes of much of the same self-hatred and sexual obsession, but it somehow becomes more palatable.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 David Riedel

Where’s the Dog?

Violence and despair abound in 'The Rover's dystopian future

Yay The human landscape depicted in The Rover is as bleak as the desert in which it takes place.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 David Riedel
 
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