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Peter Canavese

Peter Canavese
"I got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it." —Groucho Marx in Duck Soup

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
.5/4 9% Mother's Day (2016) "A movie so far up its own posterior that it includes the threatening exchange 'They made a womb float for Mother's Day?' 'I can't wait to see what they do for Father's Day!' Well, I can. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) "A story of great power and great delusion, of the absurdities of politics and the strange effects and arguably undue reach of celebrity. These potentially heady themes are really beside the point of a movie that's a hoot and knows it. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 19, 2016
3/4 94% The Jungle Book (2016) "Favreau and Marks have obviously put some thought into the film's visual approach and the messages...: the animal kingdom's unexpected threats and opportunities...the work Mowgli puts in to come of age...his casual kindheartedness... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 13, 2016
3/4 71% Miles Ahead (2016) "Not everyone will agree with how Cheadle answers the key questions, but only a fool would say his take lacks creativity, heart, energy, and a gutsy willingness to take risks (as Davis says in the film, 'Be wrong strong'). " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 12, 2016
.5/4 52% Demolition (2016) "The hero of the new dramedy Demolition at one point muses, "For some reason, everything's becoming a metaphor." " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/4 88% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "An art-house Animal House. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 5, 2016
1.5/4 20% I Saw the Light (2016) "It's all so dully realized that we grow starving for idiosyncratic detail, desperately latching on to Williams' love of ketchup or his drunkenly being tickled pink by his new garage-door opener. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 2, 2016
3.5/4 96% Marguerite (2016) "Why is Marguerite so funny to us, and why is her public humiliation allowed to continue for so long? The answers plumb both the best and worst instincts of human nature, and give Giannoli's film a strong heartbeat. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 29, 2016
3.5/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "[SPOILER-FREE REVIEW:] This is not a drill, comic-book geeks. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 23, 2016
3/4 77% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "There's nothing to take this show over the top, and in a crowded marketplace of quality TV storytelling, that's a troubing knock, but the show does a good job of wedding weekly genre thrills to creeping plot and character developments. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 22, 2016
1.5/4 28% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) "For Zeus's sake...as warm and fuzzy and comforting (or not) as a Disney Channel show marketed more to parents than to their kids. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 22, 2016
2.5/4 46% Knight of Cups (2016) "For all its thrumming profundity...has just as much sleepwalking self-parody: all of the actors' pacing and arm-flapping and gazing off into the distance suggests, as much as an art film, the world's longest prescription drug commercial. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 15, 2016
2.5/4 81% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) "Unlikely as it may be, the relationship begins to seem as plausible to us as to the willfully optimistic Doris, which is a testament to the performers transcending the script's default mode of condescension. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 14, 2016
1/4 89% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "Essentially the picture is one tease after another, misdirecting as fast as it can and amounting to the "Emperor's New Clothes" vacuousness of mid-period M. Night Shyamalan. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/4 65% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) "This feminist war dramedy...is a vanity project done right. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 9, 2016
3/4 98% Zootopia (2016) "If Zootopia only reluctantly comes around to its crime-solving story, that's understandable: the good stuff resides in the characterizations and the morality play around them, decrying fear of the other. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 1, 2016
3/4 54% Triple 9 (2016) "A dark crime drama the rough-and-tumble Samuel Fuller no doubt would have loved. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 26, 2016
3.5/4 96% Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015) "Kaleidoscopic in its opening up of brilliant color and of the troubling interaction between corporate "people" and flesh-and-bone people, between the environment and civilization. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 23, 2016
2/4 53% Risen (2016) "Near-total lack of narrative tension...Competent acting and direction handily stave off artistic disaster, but Risen has been constructed not so much to inspire as to renew the already faithful. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 19, 2016
2/4 24% Zoolander 2 (2016) "A goofy gag machine that will raise smiles for some and make others just plain gag. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 17, 2016
3/4 83% Deadpool (2016) "May not be wildly fresh, but it does wriggle against its genre straightjacket, and if it doesn't quite escape, it puts on a great show in the process. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 10, 2016
3/4 77% Where to Invade Next (2016) "Moore finds a galvanizing climax by rallying around the notion that idealism trumps, if you'll pardon the word, defeatism. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 9, 2016
3/4 96% Of Mice and Men (1992) "Classic-literature-adaptation demureness...but it's impeccably cast and mostly quite faithful. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3.5/4 80% Let There Be Light (1946) "Clearly, the breadth of Huston's Army Signal Corps films show a Blakian passage from innocence to experience, unquestioning jingoism to a recognition of war horrors. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "Steven Spielberg goes into Stanley Kramer mode for Bridge of Spies, a socially conscious tale of touch-and-go diplomacy at home, at the office, and on the global stage. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 2, 2016
3/4 93% 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2016) "The 88th Academy Awards (R) ceremony airs on Sunday, February 28, 2016...now you have another way to get ready. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 2, 2016
3/4 100% 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animated (2016) "The 88th Academy Awards (R) ceremony airs on Sunday, February 28, 2016...now you have another way to get ready. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 2, 2016
3.5/4 97% 45 Years (2015) "Implications, about the long odds for romance, the deeper psychology of mating, and the devastating possibility that love isn't an absolute but a willful, occasionally mutual, delusion. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 2, 2016
2.5/4 63% The Finest Hours (2016) "One can easily understand why this story swiftly became Coast Guard legend...but its dim wall-of-grey visuals and narrative longueurs make much of the two hours a challenge to the attention span for viewers of any age. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 27, 2016
3.5/4 81% The New Girlfriend (2015) "A strong thematic undercurrent pits bourgeois social conventions against authentic self-definition and ultimate freedom to live without shame or undue social limitations. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 26, 2016
3/4 93% The Lady In The Van (2015) "Though at times precious, Bennett's sly script masks that deeply sentimental core with comic edge and a writer's willful, mercenary remove. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 26, 2016
4/4 82% Chi-Raq (2015) "When Lee cooks up a stew this heady, one best recognize...the right film at the right time, Lee's most creatively fertile and socially immediate narrative feature in years. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 25, 2016
.5/4 15% Ride Along 2 (2016) "All the blithe sexism and tin-eared comedy of a Michael Bay movie and none of the budget excess...gives new meaning to 'lazy.' " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3.5/4 92% Anomalisa (2015) "Yet another midlife-crisis white guy on the big screen...but it's undeniably an artful rendering of the post-millennial man adrift, in search of any port than the one he's made for himself. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 12, 2016
2.5/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "[A] general absence of something to say...Recycles the filmmaker's own work: the leaner if no meaner dog-eat-dog plotting of Reservoir Dogs...and a roster of no-longer-shocking offenses... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 5, 2016
2.5/4 82% The Revenant (2015) "Iñárritu's insistently flashy cinematographic staging...ultimately plays less as lyricism and more as poetry slam. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 5, 2016
3.5/4 88% The Big Short (2015) "Elucidate[s] the fiscal rigamarole leading up to the bursting of the housing and credit bubble circa 2008, while also whipping up a palatable froth of cynicism and absurdity. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/4 61% Joy (2015) "Though everything around this resilient central figure is wan sitcom, 'Joy the Doer' provides a rooting interest potent enough to justify the film. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "[SPOILER-FREE] Can be dimwittedly obvious and self-plagiarizing, with little of real-world consequence and less that's new to say [but it's still] a fun-filled adventure at the movies... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 16, 2015
1.5/4 73% Youth (2015) "For a long two hours, Sorrentino flatters old white men, devalues women, and annoys with his lush coffee-table-book photography as he plays his own 'Simple Songs' of frustrated old age and tantalizing youth... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 15, 2015
2.5/4 62% Legend (2015) "Helgeland revels in the violence and depravity, setting a dubious tone that, in that final act, has as much of a struggle as Reggie in going straight. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 9, 2015
3/4 42% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "Depict[s] a writer's process of scavenging and soul-stealing...[as well as] being 'in the oil business' to the exclusion of morality and ethics, and with implications for the ecosystem. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 7, 2015
3/4 76% Trumbo (2015) "Plays not as straight hagiography but rather as a portrait of a flawed hero...Cranston gives a floridly theatrical leading performance in keeping with Trumbo's wit... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 1, 2015
2.5/4 76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) "Sweet in that canned-with-heavy-syrup way: kids will dig it, but it's not exactly a delicacy. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3/4 94% Creed (2015) "Questionable as a film (sparring with formula), good as a movie, and brilliant as a franchise-extender. It's shameless, near-surgically effective cross-generational corn for guys. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 23, 2015
2.5/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "If the franchise continues to feel a bit dull--heavy on the drama and light on the excitement, with pageantry long in the rear-view--there's a respectable purity in the films' political cynicism and populist fervor. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 18, 2015
3.5/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) "Even if you don't like the film--though it's a fair bet you will--it will prime you for a spirited discussion about the choices of its hero, a resilient Irish lass who strives to sort out her best judgement from her impulses, her hope from her naiveté. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 17, 2015
2/4 43% The 33 (2015) "There's too much stilted acting here and too little psychological insight to render an interesting, or even credibly true, story of humanity in crisis. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 11, 2015
3.5/4 96% Spotlight (2015) "Smart and stinging, Spotlight excels not only in depicting the stonewalling around the scandal but also the double-talk conversations from within and without the Globe that don't say-but don't not say-'Don't go there.' " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 10, 2015
3/4 64% Spectre (2015) "The Craig Bonds...continue...questioning the dark and destructive psychology of this masculine icon, this preternaturally skilled but insanely reckless secret agent--his greatest secrets being his own hurt and loss and loneliness. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 5, 2015
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