Santa Fe Reporter - Meh http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-141-1-meh.html <![CDATA[Respect for the Dead - 'Still Life' works until it takes a disastrous turn ]]>
By: David Riedel
At what point does a filmmaker decide he’s going to kill a good story in exchange for poignancy? ]]>
<![CDATA[Divorce for Dummies - 'Goodbye to All Tha't has moments but is nothing special ]]>
By: David Riedel
Goodbye to All That would be more enjoyable if Otto weren’t such an idiot.]]>
<![CDATA[It's War - 'American Sniper' is a soldier’s story; if only others worked into it ]]>
By: David Riedel
American Sniper represents a return to form for one of our great directors. Clint Eastwood is in command of the material; if only the material were better.]]>
<![CDATA[Dicks, Asses and North Korea (Oh My!) - Eh, 'The Interview']]>
By: David Riedel
So after all the threats and delays and hacks and brouhaha, it comes down to a bunch of jokes about Seth Rogen’s ass and James Franco’s dick.]]>
<![CDATA[Another Holiday, Another Musical - 'Into the Woods' should have been put in turnaround ]]>
By: David Riedel
Into the Woods suffers from serious cases of a) the cutes; b) the dull production design; c) the egregious casting; and d) the sloppy direction.]]>
<![CDATA[It’s Not Even in the Top 10 - Chris Rock doesn’t make it in 'Top Five']]>
By: David Riedel
One thing is clear about Chris Rock: He wants to make good movies.]]>
<![CDATA[After Hours With a Kid - 'Before I Disappear' almost works ]]>
By: David Riedel
Before I Disappear is almost a good movie, but it can’t escape its origins, the Academy Award-winning short film Curfew.]]>
<![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.]]>