Nov. 22, 2014

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'Keep On Keepin’ On' chronicles jazz great Clark Terry

Yay In the last few years, it seems that music documentaries about iconic people, places and things have been popping up every six months. ... More

Nov. 18, 2014 by David Riedel

Turn My Pages, Bitch!

'Whiplash' is hard to watch but fascinating

Yay Whiplash is so committed to letting its characters be rotten that it puts the tiniest of barriers between the audience and the movie. ... More

Nov. 11, 2014 by David Riedel

F Is for Fake

'Art and Craft' follows a prolific art forger

Yay So what happens when a prolific art forger dupes dozens of museums? Is he arrested, tried and convicted? Not if you’re Mark Landis. ... More

Nov. 18, 2014 by David Riedel

Comedy and Torture

'Rosewater' almost works

Ok Jon Stewart’s debut as writer-director almost works, and it’s not quite good, but it’s certainly better than a rainy day flick. ... More

Nov. 11, 2014 by David Riedel

Ground Control to Major Yawn

Actually, 'Interstellar' isn’t dull, but I couldn’t resist that gag

Meh Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s latest gargantuan-budget head trip. ... More

Nov. 04, 2014 by David Riedel

Good Writers, Horrible People

'Listen Up Philip' follows a couple of assholes (and is one of the best movies of the year)

Yay Listen Up Philip is so good and willing to be disliked that I have to ask: Writer and director Alex Ross Perry, where have you been all my life? ... More

Oct. 28, 2014 by David Riedel

What We Talk about When We Talk about Overblown

'Birdman' has too much production and not enough story

Meh Co-writer and director Alejandro González Iñárritu is more concerned with the whiz-bang look of Birdman than genuine human emotions. ... More

Nov. 04, 2014 by David Riedel

The Good, the Bad and the Murray

'St. Vincent' rates high on the Bill Murray scale, falls short elsewhere

Meh Stop the presses! Bill Murray is back in a lead role. ... More

Oct. 21, 2014 by SFR

Murder?

'The Blue Room' doesn’t answer questions but you’ll get it anyway

Meh It’s too bad that Cléau and Amalric, who adapted Georges Simenon’s novel, didn’t give us more depth, because The Blue Room doesn’t amount to much. ... More

Oct. 28, 2014 by David Riedel

Get Up, Stand Up

'Pride' is a great feel-good movie

Yay The underlying theme of Pride is in finding unity and fellowship, in finding people with whom you can share your struggle and draw strength. ... More

Oct. 14, 2014 by David Riedel

We Call Upon the Author

'20,000 Days on Earth' documents Nick Cave

Ok If you’re a casual Nick Cave fan 20,000 Days on Earth probably isn’t for you. ... More

Oct. 21, 2014 by David Riedel

Shot In the Heart and You’re to Blame

'Rudderless' is better than it has any right to be

Ok Despite every story beat being telegraphed way, way in advance Rudderless remains so watchable. ... More

Oct. 14, 2014 by David Riedel

You Think YOUR Day Is Bad?

'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' could be much, much worse

Ok There are some solid laughs, a dearth of fart jokes, and Carell and Garner have enough energy to make everything passable, if not great. ... More

Oct. 07, 2014 by David Riedel

All That

'Advanced Style' is featherweight, but fun

Ok Lina Plioplyte’s Advanced Style documentary is a 72-minute commercial for Ari Seth Cohen’s book and blog of the same name. ... More

Oct. 07, 2014 by David Riedel

That Narrator? Totes Unreliable

'Gone Girl' doesn’t feel quite right, even though it’s spectacularly well done

Meh Don’t worry about whether you’ll figure out who’s telling the truth or who’s lying; everybody’s lying. ... More

Oct. 07, 2014 by David Riedel

War Is Hell, and Worse

'The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier)' is a world of shit

Meh The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) is based on a highly regarded novel by Agota Kristof, and I imagine the story in book form is more palatable. ... More

Sept. 30, 2014 by David Riedel

Some Wounds Never Heal

'The Judge' is hampered by overlength and an overfamiliar story

Meh Unfortunately, The Judge gets bogged down in a million subplots. ... More

Oct. 07, 2014 by David Riedel
 
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