March 1, 2015

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Protesting the PARCC

Suspended teens want meeting with state officals about the standardized test

Local News A dozen Santa Fe High School students stood in front of the state Public Education Department today, calling for a meeting with Public Education Department Secretary Hanna Skandera over testing that they say goes too far. ... More

Feb. 25, 2015 by Joey Peters

 

 
Yay Ok Meh barf

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

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

Too Much Time on My Hands

'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night' is almost as good as it’s rumored to be

Ok Now that I’ve seen A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, I can sound off on whether its tagline—“the first Iranian vampire Western”—rings true. ... More

Jan. 20, 2015 by David Riedel

Respect for the Dead

'Still Life' works until it takes a disastrous turn

Meh At what point does a filmmaker decide he’s going to kill a good story in exchange for poignancy? ... More

Jan. 20, 2015 by David Riedel

It's War

'American Sniper' is a soldier’s story; if only others worked into it

Meh American Sniper represents a return to form for one of our great directors. Clint Eastwood is in command of the material; if only the material were better. ... More

Jan. 13, 2015 by David Riedel

Divorce for Dummies

'Goodbye to All Tha't has moments but is nothing special

Meh Goodbye to All That would be more enjoyable if Otto weren’t such an idiot. ... More

Jan. 13, 2015 by David Riedel

Young Whippersnappers All Grown Up

'Boyhood' is back!

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

Jan. 06, 2015 by David Riedel

Hungry?

'The Search for General Tso' gets to the bottom of the popular dish

Ok As with all documentaries about deceptively simple subjects, The Search for General Tso seems to be about one thing but is actually about a much bigger topic. ... More

Jan. 06, 2015 by David Riedel

Dicks, Asses and North Korea (Oh My!)

Eh, 'The Interview'

Meh So after all the threats and delays and hacks and brouhaha, it comes down to a bunch of jokes about Seth Rogen’s ass and James Franco’s dick. ... More

Dec. 29, 2014 by David Riedel

Good Riddance, 2014

It was a bad year for good movies and a good year for bad movies

Movie Reviews So 2014 is finally over, and I think I speak for everyone who loves movies when I say: Good goddamn riddance, 2014. You sucked. Like, REALLY SUCKED.
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Dec. 30, 2014 by David Riedel
 
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