Santa Fe Reporter - Meh http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-141-1-meh.html <![CDATA[You're Better off at the Hanging Tree - 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' squanders…everything ]]>
By: David Riedel
Does the creative team behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 see the parallel between its characters’ cynical use of propaganda and the movie studio’s cynical marketing decision to turn the final book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy into two movies?
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<![CDATA[What We Talk about When We Talk about Overblown - 'Birdman' has too much production and not enough story ]]>
By: David Riedel

Co-writer and director Alejandro González Iñárritu is more concerned with the whiz-bang look of Birdman than genuine human emotions.

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<![CDATA[Ground Control to Major Yawn - Actually, 'Interstellar' isn’t dull, but I couldn’t resist that gag ]]>
By: David Riedel
Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s latest gargantuan-budget head trip.]]>
<![CDATA[Murder? - 'The Blue Room' doesn’t answer questions but you’ll get it anyway ]]>
By: David Riedel
It’s too bad that Cléau and Amalric, who adapted Georges Simenon’s novel, didn’t give us more depth, because The Blue Room doesn’t amount to much.]]>
<![CDATA[The Good, the Bad and the Murray - 'St. Vincent' rates high on the Bill Murray scale, falls short elsewhere ]]>
By: SFR
Stop the presses! Bill Murray is back in a lead role.]]>
<![CDATA[Some Wounds Never Heal - 'The Judge' is hampered by overlength and an overfamiliar story ]]>
By: David Riedel
Unfortunately, The Judge gets bogged down in a million subplots.]]>
<![CDATA[That Narrator? Totes Unreliable - 'Gone Girl' doesn’t feel quite right, even though it’s spectacularly well done ]]>
By: David Riedel
Don’t worry about whether you’ll figure out who’s telling the truth or who’s lying; everybody’s lying. ]]>
<![CDATA[War Is Hell, and Worse - 'The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier)' is a world of shit]]>
By: David Riedel

The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) is based on a highly regarded novel by Agota Kristof, and I imagine the story in book form is more palatable.

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<![CDATA[Another Day, Another Equation - 'The Zero Theorem' is pretty dull ]]>
By: David Riedel
The Zero Theorem even has the same feel as most Gilliam movies, which is to say it’s a tragedy masquerading as a comedy.]]>
<![CDATA[Run For the Border - 'Frontera' is pretty drab ]]>
By: David Riedel
If you’ve ever wondered what a standard police procedural would look like with the added element of immigration, look no further. ]]>
<![CDATA[Wait, They Remade Vanilla Sky? - 'The Congress' is kinda like the 113th—it does nothing ]]>
By: David Riedel
The Congress starts with a great premise: An aging, rumored-to-be-difficult actor named Robin Wright (and played by Robin Wright) is presented with a deal.]]>
<![CDATA[Oh, Just Make the Goddamn Choice - 'If I Stay' is curiously flat ]]>
By: David Riedel
I didn’t want to be so cynical about If I Stay because despite its heavy breathing and hand wringing, it does get a few things right]]>
<![CDATA[Sleights of Witticism - 'Magic in the Moonlight' is offensive, but mostly because it’s bland ]]>
By: David Riedel
Woody Allen has made a movie so bland, derivative of his earlier work and lazy, that it’s possible to wonder just what the man believes.]]>
<![CDATA[Young, dumb and full of mutagens - 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' is yawn-worthy ]]>
By: David Riedel

While I always liked the idea of there being teenage mutant ninjas turtles, every big-screen thing I’ve seen featuring them has left me cold.

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<![CDATA[Snooze: More Gangsters - Whitey doesn’t answer the questions it sets out to answer ]]>
By: David Riedel
If you’re not already familiar with James “Whitey” Bulger, Joe Berlinger’s scattershot documentary Whitey won’t be much help. It assumes you know the case and spends little time getting into Bulger’s backstory.]]>
<![CDATA[Bad Kids, Bad Parents, You Know the Drill - 'Hellion' treads familiar ground ]]>
By: David Riedel
Hellion is aided by a restrained performance from Juliette Lewis as Jacob’s aunt, who takes in younger brother Wes.]]>
<![CDATA[Save your quarters - Watching 'Video Games: The Movie' must be like playing Penn & Teller’s 'Desert Bus' ]]>
By: David Riedel
How does one take something inherently exciting and make it boring? Video Games: The Movie answers that question.]]>
<![CDATA[Wish I Were Better - 'Wish I Was Here' is so-so ]]>
By: David Riedel
It’s too bad Wish I Was Here isn’t better. The film could have been something more than a footnote in the great Kickstarter debate.]]>
<![CDATA[On Bouffe Pas - 'Le Chef' is fun until it isn’t ]]>
By: David Riedel

 Le Chef falls under the screwball comedy umbrella, and it’s really, really silly and really, really French about it.

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<![CDATA[At Least It’s Only 93 Minutes - 'The Double' deserves two middle fingers ]]>
By: David Riedel

Richard Ayoade’s The Double is based on Dostoyevsky’s novel, but its only saving grace is that Jesse Eisenberg is likable.

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