July 25, 2014

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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. ... More

July 01, 2014 by 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. ... More

July 01, 2014 by 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. ... More

June 24, 2014 by 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. ... More

June 24, 2014 by 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. ... More

June 24, 2014 by 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. ... More

June 17, 2014 by David Riedel

At Least It’s Only 93 Minutes

'The Double' deserves two middle fingers

Meh Richard Ayoade’s The Double is based on Dostoyevsky’s novel, but its only saving grace is that Jesse Eisenberg is likable. ... More

June 17, 2014 by David Riedel

The 1-percent Solution

Citizen Koch is angry agitprop

Ok Citizen Koch takes aim at Citizens United, Americans for Prosperity, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, and billionaires Charles and David Koch. ... More

June 17, 2014 by David Riedel

Let Him Die in Peace

'Lullaby' has problems but still jerks some tears

Ok Lullaby has lots of problems. For one thing, it can’t get a handle on the comedy in it, though it’s most certainly a drama. ... More

June 10, 2014 by David Riedel

Woke Last Night to the Sound of a Bomb Exploding

'Night Moves' is the latest quality film from Kelly Reichardt

Yay Night Moves follows a trio of people plotting to blow up a hydroelectric damn using a boat carrying approximately 1 ton of nitrogen-enriched fertilizer. ... More

June 10, 2014 by David Riedel
 
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