Aug. 22, 2014

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Oh, Just Make the Goddamn Choice

'If I Stay' is curiously flat

Meh I didn’t want to be so cynical about If I Stay because despite its heavy breathing and hand wringing, it does get a few things right ... More

Aug. 20, 2014 by David Riedel

Sleights of Witticism

'Magic in the Moonlight' is offensive, but mostly because it’s bland

Meh Woody Allen has made a movie so bland, derivative of his earlier work and lazy, that it’s possible to wonder just what the man believes. ... More

Aug. 13, 2014 by David Riedel

A Good Priest, a Bad Town

'Calvary' is good but not quite great

Ok Father James sits in a confessional. An unseen man enters the box and says, “The first time I tasted semen I was 7 years old.” Thus begins Calvary, writer-director John Michael McDonagh’s pitch-black comedy and murder mystery. ... More

Aug. 20, 2014 by David Riedel

This Must Be the Place

'Drunktown’s Finest' has flaws but succeeds

Ok The three characters have disparate narratives that come together in ways that are overly contrived, but that doesn’t blunt Drunktown’s Finest's overall effectiveness. ... More

Aug. 13, 2014 by David Riedel

Life, In a Nutshell

Everything happens in the wonderful 'Boyhood'

Yay Boyhood is magnificent, and the banality is charming. ... More

Aug. 05, 2014 by David Riedel

Young, dumb and full of mutagens

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' is yawn-worthy

Meh While I always liked the idea of there being teenage mutant ninjas turtles, every big-screen thing I’ve seen featuring them has left me cold. ... More

Aug. 05, 2014 by David Riedel

It’s 'Twister' Part 2!

'Into the Storm' is worse than bad; it’s boring

Barf Into the Storm is so similar to Jan de Bont’s mid-1990s unintentional larf-fest that one wonders how Warner Bros. isn’t suing itself. ... More

Aug. 05, 2014 by David Riedel

Bad Kids, Bad Parents, You Know the Drill

'Hellion' treads familiar ground

Meh Hellion is aided by a restrained performance from Juliette Lewis as Jacob’s aunt, who takes in younger brother Wes. ... More

July 30, 2014 by David Riedel

To Infinity Stone, and Beyond!

You’ll totes want to hang with these 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Yay Guardians of the Galaxy may be the best Marvel movie, period. ... More

July 30, 2014 by David Riedel

Wish I Were Better

'Wish I Was Here' is so-so

Meh It’s too bad Wish I Was Here isn’t better. The film could have been something more than a footnote in the great Kickstarter debate. ... More

July 22, 2014 by David Riedel

Snooze: More Gangsters

Whitey doesn’t answer the questions it sets out to answer

Meh If you’re not already familiar with James “Whitey” Bulger, Joe Berlinger’s scattershot documentary Whitey won’t be much help. It assumes you know the case and spends little time getting into Bulger’s backstory. ... More

July 30, 2014 by David Riedel

Save your quarters

Watching 'Video Games: The Movie' must be like playing Penn & Teller’s 'Desert Bus'

Meh How does one take something inherently exciting and make it boring? Video Games: The Movie answers that question. ... More

July 22, 2014 by David Riedel

Witches and Dum-Dums

'Witching & Bitching' is outrageous

Ok You know, the time is just about right for an insane Spanish-language horror comedy. And what do you know? Here comes Witching & Bitching, which is about as insane as horror comedies come. ... More

July 15, 2014 by 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. ... More

July 09, 2014 by David Riedel

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 at least it’s subversive and progressive. ... More

July 15, 2014 by 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. ... More

July 01, 2014 by 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. ... More

July 08, 2014 by David Riedel
 
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