Santa Fe Reporter - Ok http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-140-1-ok.html <![CDATA[Are You Ready for Some Talk About Football? - ‘Draft Day’ is a lamer, but watchable, version of ‘Moneyball’]]>
By: David Riedel
Draft Day is a shitty, overlong NFL commercial that is nonetheless kind of charming in its stupidity and aw-shucks love of football.]]>
<![CDATA[Death and Desire - There’s a ‘Stranger by the Lake’ ]]>
By: David Riedel
There isn’t much more than desire and fear at work in Stranger by the Lake, and it doesn’t need much more.]]>
<![CDATA[Beltin’ Sondheim at 86 - A portrait of a Broadway legend in Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me]]>
By: David Riedel
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Life in tha 'burbs...with drugs - ‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ is silly and kind of fun]]>
By: David Riedel
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Endless Schlock - If by “endless” we mean 107 minutes, because that’s how long 'Endless Love' is]]>
By: David Riedel
Cut Endless Love a break. David (Alex Pettyfer) and Jade (Gabriella Wilde) are the endless lovers, and everyone else plays his or her part in this over-the-top bordering-on-melodrama silliness.]]>
<![CDATA[Nerves and Blood - I wish I didn’t know 'In Secret' is based on 'Thérèse Raquin' ]]>
By: David Riedel
One of the least pleasant activities any human can experience is the drudgery of reading Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin. Zola’s exploration of naturalism—a bleak worldview wherein characters are placed in realistic situations and play out parts dictated more by their social environment than anything else—is grim.]]>
<![CDATA[Rocket man, why couldn’t you just be a dud? - ‘The Rocket’ is just OK ]]>
By: David Riedel
The Rocket is getting raves everywhere—except here. What it lacks in creativity it makes up for in spirited performances. Plus, it has the novelty of taking place in Laos.]]>
<![CDATA[Roll Me Away - A kid looks for freedom with the ‘12 O’Clock Boys’ ]]>
By: David Riedel
This documentary follows 13-year-old Pug and his fascination with the Baltimore dirt bike group the 12 O’Clock Boys (so named for the way a rider can make his bike almost vertical when performing wh]]>
<![CDATA[And the Worms Ate Into His Brain - It’s ‘Pink Floyd—The Wall’ on the big screen!]]>
By: David Riedel
Pink Floyd—The Wall is so specific—it depicts, in moving picture form, the story told in Pink Floyd’s 1979 double album The Wall—and so very misanthropic, it’s really only for the biggest fans.
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<![CDATA[Babies Killin’ Babies - It’s a ‘Battle Royale.’ Get me a chicken burrito! ]]>
By: David Riedel
For all the praise it has received—and it’s worthy of that praise—there are things I’m hearing at the multiplex that needle me. No one is expecting audiences to enjoy it. And while movies are largely about entertainment, I think one of the things we forget when watching movies is that they’re not all.]]>
<![CDATA[Be Selfish: Stay Away - 'The Selfish Giant' is too much of a good bad thing]]>
By: David Riedel
In Oscar Wilde’s “The Selfish Giant” there’s a mean old giant who won’t let children play in his garden. Then—and this is all from long-dormant memory—a permanent winter settles in on his garden. Then he lets the kids in to play. Then it’s eternal spring,.]]>
<![CDATA[Actually, She’s Not Alive - The 'Her’ here is an operating system ]]>
By: David Riedel
In the sort-of utopian not-too-distant future, men wear high-waisted pants and mustaches without irony. Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his operating system, Samantha.
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<![CDATA[Sing! But Hire a New Lyricist - 'Enzo Avitabile Music Life' is a decent half-portrait ]]>
By: David Riedel
Enzo Avitabile Music Life doesn’t feel like a finished film. It feels like 80 minutes of sort of compelling footage that’s missing the last 20 or so minutes that may make it vital.
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<![CDATA[I got your spoonful of sugar right here - ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is weightless, charming]]>
By: David Riedel
Walt Disney’s early animated movies considerably softened their source material. The witch in the Snow White fairy tale dies by dancing to death while wearing glowing hot iron shoes. In Carlo Collod]]>
<![CDATA[Promise You Won’t Helicopter, Parents - ‘American Promise’ is fascinating, flawed]]>
By: David Riedel
American Promise is a muddled documentary that falls short but ultimately succeeds because of its fascinating subjects. The tale of two middle-class black children, Idris and his friend, Seun, who get...]]>
<![CDATA[Stallone wrote it and you’ll see it - Ain’t no deer and antelope playin’ on this Homefront]]>
By: David Riedel
The 1971 thriller The French Connection has one of the worst poster taglines ever: “The time is just right for an out and out thriller like this.” What does that mean? Vietnam blows?
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<![CDATA[ZERO CHARISMA - ]]>
By: David Riedel
If only we could point and laugh at Scott (Sam Eidson), the master of a game he’s created, a Dungeons & Dragons-type RPG populated by guys who won’t be getting a date for Saturday night. It’]]>
<![CDATA[Just Decide Already! - An impossible choice leads to infinite realities in Mr. Nobody]]>
By: David Riedel
So what happens when we we’re faced with making a choice we don’t want to make? That’s the question in director Jaco Van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody, a well-mounted, well-meaning, well-acted riff on ]]>
<![CDATA[What goes up doesn’t always come down - Tragedy on The Summit]]>
By: David Riedel
In August 2008, 18 climbers ascended K2. Eleven died. Nick Ryan’s documentary makes clear why climbers (some of them, anyway) consider K2 more dangerous than the taller Everest. It makes clear why a]]>
<![CDATA[Inequality for All - ]]>
By: David Riedel
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