Oct. 10, 2015
Yay Ok Meh barf

Out on the Tiles, Permanently

'Time Out of Mind' is an OK movie but a better Steely Dan song

Ok Time Out of Mind is sometimes compelling, sometimes exasperating, and often hugely frustrating. ... More

Oct. 07, 2015 by David Riedel

Not Enough Romance, Comedy, or Drama

Sleeping with Other People is a chore to get through

Meh What makes Sleeping with Other People rank above a “barf” rating is its willingness to explore the seamier sides of human interaction. ... More

Sept. 30, 2015 by David Riedel

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

'Peace Officer' takes a hard look at police violence

Yay Anyone with a penchant for mistrusting police will find plenty to like in Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber’s Peace Officer. ... More

Oct. 07, 2015 by David Riedel

A Good Leg to Stand On

Finders Keepers tells a bizarre story in a simple, straightforward manner

Yay Finders Keepers tells a story so outrageous that it would be impossible to make up. ... More

Sept. 30, 2015 by David Riedel

Looking for the Light

In 'Blind', a woman copes with losing her sight and a skewed perception of herself

Yay Blind isn’t without its problems, but it’s a compelling, unique view of a singular experience and the pain that comes along with it. ... More

Sept. 23, 2015 by David Riedel

Power to the People

'Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution' tells a one-sided but fascinating story

Ok We’ve all be told so many things about the Black Panthers over the course of our lives, why not get something resembling a singular vision down on film? ... More

Sept. 16, 2015 by David Riedel


A beautiful performance makes up for an also-ran story in The Second Mother

Yay The Second Mother’s upstairs-downstairs tale won’t win points for originality. ... More

Sept. 23, 2015 by David Riedel

Better Deported than Red

'Jimmy’s Hall' has fine performances but a limp narrative

Meh Not that it matters, but Jimmy’s Hall is based on a true story, a 10-year chunk of real-life Irish Commie Jimmy Gralton’s existence; he’s infamous for being the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland. ... More

Sept. 09, 2015 by David Riedel

This Grandma Isn't Going to Bake Cookies for You

Lily Tomlin is great in 'Grandma'

Yay Grandma jumps along to become one of the surprises of the year. ... More

Sept. 16, 2015 by David Riedel

One Hit-and-Run, a Bunch of Dirty Cops and a Funeral

'A Hard Day' has a fresh take on some cinematic tropes

Yay A Hard Day delivers the shocks and thrills, with a couple moments that are so jarring you may actually jump out of your seat. ... More

Sept. 02, 2015 by David Riedel

With Friends Like These…

'We Come as Friends' offers a stark look at Sudan and South Sudan

Ok We Come as Friends provides little context for its story; if you aren’t familiar with Sudan and South Sudan, you’ll probably be playing catch up. ... More

Sept. 09, 2015 by David Riedel

Cold Inside

There are no big surprises in 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine'

Meh Alex Gibney spends two hours going through every rotten thing Steve Jobs did in his life, and that would be a revelation if all this information hadn’t been available when Jobs was alive. ... More

Sept. 02, 2015 by David Riedel

Yawning for Fire

Yep, 'Digging for Fire' is standard white malaise fare

Barf I’m all for movies that mirror real life (or attempt to mirror real life), but Digging for Fire is so vapid I can only feel pity for the people who find it interesting. ... More

Aug. 26, 2015 by David Riedel


That’s the best one-word description of 'The Tribe'

Yay The Tribe is well crafted and smartly filmed and has heavy doses of nihilism and fatalism, all things that are right up this critic’s alley. ... More

Aug. 19, 2015 by David Riedel

A Coming-of-Age Story for the Dustbin of History

'Ten Thousands Saints' is terrible

Barf The story, despite being convoluted, is entirely predictable. The characters are paper-thin, and everyone is an asshole. ... More

Aug. 26, 2015 by David Riedel

From the Ashes a Betrayal

Director Christian Petzold shows his influences but makes 'Phoenix' his own

Yay Phoenix is beautifully acted, and asks that the audience think for itself instead of leading it around. ... More

Aug. 12, 2015 by David Riedel

Nouns Should Be More Interesting

'People Places Things' is flat

Meh People Places Things barely registers. It’s all so twee you’ll swear it’s a low-rent version of a Wes Anderson film. ... More

Aug. 19, 2015 by David Riedel

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