Santa Fe Reporter - Yay http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-139-1-yay.html <![CDATA[Eek! - That’s the best one-word description of 'The Tribe']]>
By: David Riedel
The Tribe is well crafted and smartly filmed and has heavy doses of nihilism and fatalism, all things that are right up this critic’s alley.]]>
<![CDATA[From the Ashes a Betrayal - Director Christian Petzold shows his influences but makes 'Phoenix' his own ]]>
By: David Riedel
Phoenix is beautifully acted, and asks that the audience think for itself instead of leading it around.]]>
<![CDATA[Baa Baa Smart Sheep! - 'Shaun the Sheep' is delightful]]>
By: David Riedel
If only every children's movie were Shaun the Sheep. Expect it on lots of “Best of” lists this year.]]>
<![CDATA[Manically Depressed - 'Infinitely Polar Bear' understands mental illness and, better yet, isn’t afraid of it]]>
By: David Riedel
Maya Forbes, who wrote and directed Infinitely Polar Bear, made a great film rooted in her personal experiences.]]>
<![CDATA[A Film Critic Tried to Come up with a Snappy Headline… - Just go see 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence']]>
By: David Riedel
Whatever dumb adjectives I come up with to describe it, writer-director Roy Andersson has made a masterpiece.]]>
<![CDATA[A Bike Lane Runs Through It - Dutch doc 'The New Rijksmuseum' reveals how art institutions do and don’t work ]]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
Though it actually observes people falling asleep in meetings, the film itself is not boring.]]>
<![CDATA[Well, They Seem Nice - Let’s all make new friends with 'The Overnight']]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
The establishment of intimacy, with all its confusions, frustrations and consolations, is just what interests writer-director Patrick Brice, who juices this minimal scenario with maximum efficiency.]]>
<![CDATA[Emotion Graphics - With 'Inside Out', Pixar once again gets into your heart and head]]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
A nimble ensemble piece, Inside Out exemplifies the platitudes of teamwork that seem baked in to the famously by-committee studio that produced it.]]>
<![CDATA[Wastrels of the Upper West Side - Arielle Holmes gets discovered in 'Heaven Knows What']]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
Heaven Knows What is a quasi-documentary of homeless young addicts adrift in the area that once was known as Needle Park.]]>
<![CDATA[Mother of Gwyneth Paltrow Appears Confusingly Sensible - Blythe Danner’s lack of lead roles until 'I’ll See You in My Dreams' seems like excessive karmic retribution for bringing kook into world ]]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
Here’s a refreshingly uncommon movie protagonist: a retiree and widow, wistfully reclusive even in the company of three bridge buddies and one fledged daughter.]]>
<![CDATA[Personal, Training - We don’t say the word ‘mumblecore’ even once in this review of Andrew Bujalski’s 'Results']]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
Filmmaker Andrew Bujalski's almost (but not quite) Hollywood-style film is a comedy about fitness training that hails by the dryly ironic title of Results.]]>
<![CDATA[Sans Popeye - 'The Connection': Because in French, they don’t need to call it 'The French Connection' ]]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
The fact-based tale of cops versus smack smugglers in 1970s Marseille may be familiar from a certain celebrated American film, but this take doesn’t seem daunted at all.]]>
<![CDATA[Age During Beauty - In 'Iris', the late documentary maestro Albert Maysles hangs out with a fashion maven ]]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
Everyone keeps calling Iris Apfel a “nonagenarian fashion icon,” because how many such people can there even be?]]>
<![CDATA[Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart? - If you’ll pardon that headline on a piece about Satyajit Ray’s great 'Apu Trilogy']]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
Restorations of director Satyajit Ray's films have been ongoing since his death, and lucky you, now’s your chance to catch Ray’s masterly Apu Trilogy on the big screen.]]>
<![CDATA[Hardy Appetites - A gal has her choices in 'Far from the Madding Crowd']]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
It’s a weird cultural moment for a new movie of this old book.]]>
<![CDATA[Money and Infamy - 'Welcome to Me' does well with its complicated subject ]]>
By: David Riedel
Is Welcome to Me making fun of Alice, or is it criticizing reality TV for taking advantage of vulnerable people?]]>
<![CDATA[Saving the World with Quips and Explosions - 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' isn't just more shit for assholes* ]]>
By: David Riedel
Age of Ultron does what the smarter Marvel movies do: It drops the audience into the action at the top, gets them locked in to thrills and chills, and then worries about the story later. ]]>
<![CDATA[Get Ready to Get Mad - The debunkers are debunked in 'Merchants of Doubt']]>
By: David Riedel
Most of the people interviewed in Merchants of Doubt make it clear that they know they’re disseminating bunk, and they’re just fine with that.]]>
<![CDATA[CARS DRIVE FAST SHIT BLOWS UP - FURIOUS 7 IS SO BIG I HAD TO WRITE THE HEADLINE (AND SUBHED) IN ALL CAPS]]>
By: David Riedel
This movie is much fun it’s almost criminal. I’m not action movie fan, and this thing had me jumping out of my seat. In short, it’s the goddamn best. Just see it.]]>
<![CDATA[Some of My Lies Are True - 'An Honest Liar' is an honest portrait]]>
By: David Riedel
James Randi has two careers. First, he is, for lack of a better term, a magician.]]>