March 27, 2015

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Gay Panic! (At the Prison Yard)

Good chemistry can’t elevate 'Get Hard's lethargy

Ok Apparently in 2015, no one got the memo that it’s not funny when someone thinks sucking a dick is the worst thing that can happen to him. ... More

March 24, 2015 by David Riedel

It's Not Your Fault

'Insurgent' plays by the rules and is pretty dull for it

Meh Insurgent, bless its heart, relies even more on Young Adult fiction tropes than The Hunger Games. ... More

March 18, 2015 by David Riedel

Nothing Can Stop the Horror

The monster in 'It Follows' will never stop

Ok It Follows takes the standard horror tropes—horny teenagers and stalking killers—and ups the ante.
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March 24, 2015 by David Riedel

We've Seen That Robot Movie, Too

How many plots from better films can you spot in 'Chappie'?

Meh While Chappie has gritty style, it has jack shit for substance. ... More

March 18, 2015 by David Riedel

Cindermehlla

'Cinderella' is pretty, and pretty lifeless

Meh This version of Cinderella has no teeth; the only thing resembling conflict is Blanchett’s rather overblown  stepmother. ... More

March 11, 2015 by David Riedel

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. ... More

March 04, 2015 by David Riedel

In the Defensive Zone

'Red Army

Ok As compelling as Red Army is, it feels incomplete. ... More

March 11, 2015 by 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. ... More

Feb. 24, 2015 by David Riedel

Vampires, Transcended

What We Do in the Shadows is an unexpected take on old favorites

Yay You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you skipped out on What We Do in the Shadows if you’re skeptical of vampire films or fake documentaries. ... More

March 04, 2015 by 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. ... More

Feb. 18, 2015 by 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. ... More

Feb. 25, 2015 by 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 ... More

Feb. 16, 2015 by 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. ... More

Feb. 11, 2015 by 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. ... More

Feb. 04, 2015 by 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 about what they suspected was illegal activity perpetrated by the FBI. ... More

Feb. 11, 2015 by 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. ... More

Jan. 27, 2015 by 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. ... More

Feb. 04, 2015 by David Riedel
 
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