Santa Fe Reporter - Meh http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-141-1-meh.html <![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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<![CDATA[Take a Shit, Call It a Movie - 'Blended' blah blah, whatever, fart joke ]]>
By: David Riedel
Blended is not the worst movie in the Sandler catalogue. It has the one thing in a Sandler comedy that can elevate it: Drew Barrymore.]]>
<![CDATA[Hoods, Hooligans and Thugs: Oh, My! - ‘God’s Pocket’ is quietly derivative]]>
By: David Riedel
Actor John Slattery makes his feature film-directing debut with God’s Pocket.]]>
<![CDATA[Choses Déjà Vues - It’s been there, done that for ‘Bright Days Ahead’ ]]>
By: David Riedel
That plot description is glib, but Bright Days Ahead doesn’t warrant anything deeper.]]>
<![CDATA[Spoil-the-Party Monster - ‘Godzilla’ is big but snoozeworthy ]]>
By: David Riedel
Godzilla is ninety minutes of prep work followed by 30 minutes of Godzilla facing off with two MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms).]]>
<![CDATA[Why Can’t Spider-Man Get a Screenplay as Good as the New ‘Captain America’? - ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ amazes in its disposability ]]>
By: David Riedel
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 suffers from the same affliction that plagued Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3.]]>