Santa Fe Reporter - Ok http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-140-1-ok.html <![CDATA[Burning Down the House! - 'Happy Christmas': I’m an asshole!]]>
By: David Riedel
There isn’t much point to summarizing the plot of Happy Christmas; it doesn’t really have one.]]>
<![CDATA[A Swiftly Warming Planet - Exploring rarely accessible fjords in 'Expedition to the End of the World']]>
By: David Riedel

There’s a sort of single mindedness that the truly intelligent possess in
Expedition to the End of the World.

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<![CDATA[A Good Priest, a Bad Town - 'Calvary' is good but not quite great ]]>
By: David Riedel

Father James sits in a confessional. An unseen man enters the box and says, “The first time I tasted semen I was 7 years old.” Thus begins Calvary, writer-director John Michael McDonagh’s pitch-black comedy and murder mystery.

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<![CDATA[This Must Be the Place - 'Drunktown’s Finest' has flaws but succeeds]]>
By: David Riedel
The three characters have disparate narratives that come together in ways that are overly contrived, but that doesn’t blunt Drunktown’s Finest's overall effectiveness.]]>
<![CDATA[Witches and Dum-Dums - 'Witching & Bitching' is outrageous ]]>
By: David Riedel
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.]]>
<![CDATA[A Life Less Ordinary - 'Violette' is difficult but rewarding ]]>
By: David Riedel

 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.

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<![CDATA[The 1-percent Solution - Citizen Koch is angry agitprop ]]>
By: David Riedel

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

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<![CDATA[Let Him Die in Peace - 'Lullaby' has problems but still jerks some tears ]]>
By: David Riedel
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Fear and Loathing in a Documentary - ‘For No Good Reason’ goes skin-deep on Ralph Steadman ]]>
By: David Riedel
Ralph Steadman seems like a nice, ordinary guy—at least as he’s presented in For No Good Reason—who, through satire, happens to get to the guts of his subjects in a way that is real, complete and uncompromising.]]>
<![CDATA[Bored. Disaffected. Whatevs. - 'Palo Alto' is a solid debut for Gia Coppola]]>
By: David Riedel
Based on James Franco’s story collection, Palo Alto follows high schoolers as they are alternately bored, neglected, overwhelmed and drugged out.]]>
<![CDATA[A Brief Encounter With a Stranger on a Train - 'Just a Sigh' breathes heavily, but quietly ]]>
By: David Riedel
Alix and Doug make their way from Calais back to Paris via train. Each is going through existential crises. They part ways. Except they don’t, because we know what happens with strangers on trains, right?]]>
<![CDATA[Twists, Turns and Killin’ - 'Cold in July' is good, gritty stuff ]]>
By: David Riedel
Cold in July is a stark, gritty production and a powerful example of what happens when the screenplay is one step ahead of the audience.]]>
<![CDATA[Searching For a Labrador (Duck) and The Self - ‘A Birder’s Guide to Everything’ is quietly charming ]]>
By: David Riedel
A Birder’s Guide to Everything is a quiet, charming and hopeful comedy (with dramatic underpinnings).]]>
<![CDATA[Moving Pictures - ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ tries to tell the story of an unknown talent]]>
By: David Riedel
So how is it that one of the greatest street photographers ever goes completely unnoticed in her lifetime? After watching Finding Vivian Maier, the answer seems simple: She was a little nuts.]]>
<![CDATA[So That's Why We like Nicolas Cage - ‘Joe’ is the bright spot in the actor’s recent output ]]>
By: David Riedel
Joe is being hailed as the best thing Nicolas Cage's appeared in since The Weather Man.]]>
<![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.]]>