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Articles by David Kempler

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Movie Review

I had always heard that the government didn't go after the banks after the 2008 crash. Turns out that they went after a tiny bank in NYC's Chinatown. This Steve James documentary examines the absurdity of it.

Afterimage Movie Review

Polish director Andrzej Witold Wajda's final film is a very powerful look at how a government can destroy opposition opinion. It's especially timely now.

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe Movie Review

A blander-than-bland look back at a prominent German writer in the 1930s. It's hard to imagine less happening in 106 minutes.

Folk Hero & Funny Guy Movie Review

A pleasant, odd couple buddy flick gets better as it goes, but by the time it really gets going, it's over.

Chuck Movie Review

Liev Schreiber stars as Chuck Wepner, the Bayonne Bleeder, who inspired Sly Stallone to make another little movie about a boxer.

Frantz Movie Review

Frantz Fran├žois Ozon's latest isn't his best work, but it's easily good enough for you to invest some cash and time.

2017 Oscar Nominees for Short Film (Live Action) Movie Review

This year's nominees for Best Short Film (Live Action) feature both serious and light-hearted entries, but one is a clear-cut winner.

2017 Oscar Nominees for Short Film (Documentary) Movie Review

This year brings us a fresh batch of thought-provoking short documentaries, many of which highlight the ravages of war.

2017 Oscar Nominees for Short Film (Animated) Movie Review

In Animated Shorts, there's nothing particular to recommend this year, though a couple stand out slightly from the rest .

Land of Mine Movie Review

Danish film tells the true story of young German soldiers being used to defuse mines after World War II. Their treatment was illegal and perhaps immoral, but was it wrong?
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