Santa Fe Reporter - Meh <![CDATA[Film-Flam - The true story of a gifted writer who was kind of a huge jerk]]>
By: Alex De Vore
The ultimate issue with the film version of Trumbo's life is that it mostly seems like he was an insufferable prig rather than heroic crusader for political freedoms.]]>
<![CDATA[Agent Down! - 'Spectre' is the long-awaited 26th Bond film, but it's long and hollow]]>
By: AP Kryza
How do you like your James Bond? Brooding and brutal, with a healthy dose of melancholic angst? Or breezily throwing out quips as he murders his way around the world?]]>
<![CDATA[Lost in Translation - Bill Murray can't save 'Rock the Kasbah's cultural missteps]]>
By: Casey Jarman
Bill Murray plays a has-been—or perhaps never-was—rock manager named Richie Lanz, whose favorite client (the insufferable Zooey Deschanel) finds her way onto a USO tour of the war-torn Middle East.
<![CDATA[If You Don't Watch This Movie, They'll Probably Shoot a Dog - It’s there in the title of 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon']]>
By: David Riedel
Is this movie worth seeing? That will depend on how you feel about 1970s and 1980s comedy nostalgia.]]>
<![CDATA[Surprise, Surprise, the Genius Is Difficult - 'Steve Jobs' is not difficult, but it is a chore]]>
By: David Riedel
Give screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle credit for making a biopic that skirts tradition.]]>
<![CDATA[Not Enough Romance, Comedy, or Drama - Sleeping with Other People is a chore to get through]]>
By: David Riedel
What makes Sleeping with Other People rank above a “barf” rating is its willingness to explore the seamier sides of human interaction. ]]>
<![CDATA[Better Deported than Red - 'Jimmy’s Hall' has fine performances but a limp narrative ]]>
By: David Riedel
Not that it matters, but Jimmy’s Hall is based on a true story, a 10-year chunk of real-life Irish Commie Jimmy Gralton’s existence; he’s infamous for being the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland.]]>
<![CDATA[Cold Inside - There are no big surprises in 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine']]>
By: David Riedel
Alex Gibney spends two hours going through every rotten thing Steve Jobs did in his life, and that would be a revelation if all this information hadn’t been available when Jobs was alive.]]>
<![CDATA[Nouns Should Be More Interesting - 'People Places Things' is flat ]]>
By: David Riedel
People Places Things barely registers. It’s all so twee you’ll swear it’s a low-rent version of a Wes Anderson film.]]>
<![CDATA[This. Goddamn. Film Series. - It’s become Mission: Impossible to see an end to this nonsense]]>
By: David Riedel
Considering how little Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation cares about a coherent story, exciting action set pieces or jokes that aren’t eye-rollers, it’s worth noting that this film is the fifth in a series that has an uncharismatic lead and absolutely jack shit to contribute to the spy genre. ]]>
<![CDATA[How Pruned Was My Garden - In 'A Little Chaos', Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet turn French history into a British period piece ]]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
Alan Rickman has only directed two films now. His lack of practice is a hindrance, but not a deal-breaker on A Little Chaos.]]>
<![CDATA[Can You Tell Me How to Get to the Story? - 'I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story' is featherweight ]]>
By: David Riedel
When I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story is over, you'll have no better idea of what makes Spinney tick.]]>
<![CDATA[Why Can’t You Just Play Ball, Dude? - '5 to 7' is great until it isn’t (and then it really isn’t) ]]>
By: David Riedel
5 to 7 starts so wonderfully that its left turn into bologna is all the more disheartening.]]>
<![CDATA[Be Brave, Bold Robot - Alex Garland’s 'Ex Machina' has human limitations ]]>
By: David Riedel
There are many things to admire in Alex Garland’s directorial debut, but there’s an underlying ickiness to the entire film.]]>
<![CDATA[All Hail the Underdog(s) - 'White God' is hard to watch ]]>
By: David Riedel
For those who feel pained whenever animals suffer, on the screen or in real life, White God will be tough going.]]>
<![CDATA[Stolen Art, Stolen Lives - 'Woman in Gold' should have huge stakes but struggles dramatically ]]>
By: David Riedel
Here’s a question for you: What happens when you make a movie that’s a shameless bid for awards but isn’t good enough to win any of those awards?]]>
<![CDATA[Gay Panic! (At the Prison Yard) - Good chemistry can’t elevate 'Get Hard's lethargy]]>
By: David Riedel
Apparently in 2015, no one got the memo that it’s not funny when someone thinks sucking a dick is the worst thing that can happen to him.]]>
<![CDATA[We've Seen That Robot Movie, Too - How many plots from better films can you spot in 'Chappie'? ]]>
By: David Riedel
While Chappie has gritty style, it has jack shit for substance.]]>
<![CDATA[It's Not Your Fault - 'Insurgent' plays by the rules and is pretty dull for it ]]>
By: David Riedel
Insurgent, bless its heart, relies even more on Young Adult fiction tropes than The Hunger Games.]]>
<![CDATA[Cindermehlla - 'Cinderella' is pretty, and pretty lifeless ]]>
By: David Riedel

This version of Cinderella has no teeth; the only thing resembling conflict is Blanchett’s rather overblown  stepmother.