April 19, 2014

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Soylent green ain’t the only thing that’s people

There’s a lot to the minimalist 'Under the Skin'

Yay Under the Skin isn’t for everyone. Those who do not enjoy meandering present-day sci-fi journeys about human nature should stay away ... More

April 15, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Hey Joe: Where you going with that gun in your hand?

Brace yourself for 'Nymphomaniac: Vol. II'

Meh Nymphomaniac: Vol. II is, mercifully, not as bad as Vol. I, but it has its share of problems. ... More

April 15, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Who’s that idiot on the airwaves?

'Alan Partridge' is hilarious

Yay It’s nice to see Steve Coogan back in top form as Alan Partridge, a character he’s played roughly one billion times. ... More

April 15, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Are You Ready for Some Talk About Football?

‘Draft Day’ is a lamer, but watchable, version of ‘Moneyball’

Ok Draft Day is a shitty, overlong NFL commercial that is nonetheless kind of charming in its stupidity and aw-shucks love of football. ... More

April 08, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Band of Brothers

‘Mistaken for Strangers’ explores family relationships in a rock band

Yay Mistaken for Strangers is a funny and touching documentary by Tom Berninger about his relationship with his older brother. ... More

April 08, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Nice Shield

Go see 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Yay Captain America: The Winter Soldier blows its predecessor out of the water and rivals The Avengers for slam-bang action and thrills. It’s the best Marvel movie thus far. ... More

April 03, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Still Rumsfeld After All These Years

‘The Unknown Known’ is a fascinating portrait of an unknowable person

Yay Donald Rumsfeld tries to expand on some of his linguistic peculiarities in Errol Morris’ fascinating The Unknown Known. ... More

April 08, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Jingle All the Way?

‘Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys’ spends a year with reindeer herders

Yay Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys follows brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki for a year through Finnish Lapland. ... More

March 31, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Misogyny Disguised as an Art Film

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 is stupid, uninspired and cruel

Barf Don’t get caught up in the Nymphomaniac hype. It’s a meticulously produced piece of shit. ... More

April 01, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Life on Mars

Fan-driven reunion mostly satisfies

Yay The fans receive an overdue reunion with nearly all the show’s original characters, but plotwise Veronica Mars doesn’t hold up to the intricacy and surprises the show delivered. ... More

April 01, 2014 by Julia Goldberg 0 Comments

Death and Desire

There’s a ‘Stranger by the Lake’

Ok There isn’t much more than desire and fear at work in Stranger by the Lake, and it doesn’t need much more. ... More

April 01, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

She blinded me with science

Particle Fever is a fascinating trip down the rabbit hole of physics

Yay A documentary about a bunch of science nerds in the U.S. and abroad getting feverish over the possibility of discovering the Higgs particle and its implications regarding the Standard Model of particle physics. ... More

March 25, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Beltin’ Sondheim at 86

A portrait of a Broadway legend in Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Ok Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me is fine, but won’t be of much interest to those who don’t already love her or love Broadway musicals.  ... More

March 25, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Life in tha 'burbs...with drugs

‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ is silly and kind of fun

Ok Better Living Through Chemistry has a tweaked sense of humor and a lively performance by Sam Rockwell. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but Rockwell is as game as ever, and there’s some sharp acting by the supporting cast that makes up for the decided lack of ingenuity. ... More

March 18, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Don’t Go in the Water!

You’ll get caught in The Face of Love’s undertow, and it will kill you

Meh Now that there are two movies playing simultaneously that rely on doppelgangers to fuel the plot, you have a choice: The masterfully eerie Enemy or The Face of Love. ... More

March 25, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Now, this is what we call the Muppet Show

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ is a million times better than ‘The Muppets’

Yay Muppets Most Wanted is cheerful, laugh-out-loud funny and features one of the best Muppets ever (who has been absent since the 1970s): Mean Kermit.  ... More

March 18, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments

Another day, another weird spider nightmare

‘Enemy’ is bizarre…and fascinating

Yay There are movies about doppelgangers, and there are movies in which doppelgangers appear. And then there is Enemy, which is unlike any other doppelganger movie before. ... More

March 18, 2014 by David Riedel 0 Comments
 
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