Santa Fe Reporter - Meh http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-141-1-meh.html <![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.

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<![CDATA[It's Finally Here! And This Is It? - 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is 50 shades of meh]]>
By: David Riedel
Now that Fifty Shades of Grey is upon us and we can get past the hype, here’s the real deal: It ain’t bad. It isn’t good, either, but it’s also not the train wreck that most people seem to wan]]>
<![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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