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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
2.5/4 77% 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 93% 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 71% 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 99% 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 42% 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 97% 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
3.5/4 83% The Assassin (2015) "A Hou film and, therefore an aesthete's delight...The Assassin breathes more than it talks, patiently taking in its landscapes and its silk-curtained interiors. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 3, 2015
3/4 72% Suffragette (2015) "Revives history we could all stand to know better, and proves most useful in clarifying both what was at stake and the rules of the game... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 3, 2015
4/4 82% Mulholland Drive (2001) "Begin by imagining that a single story is being told in multiple ways throughout the film: a story of naive hopes, heartbreak, jealousy...Erotic, fear-ridden, and beautiful, Lynch's primal imagery has the abhorrent and alluring pull of death itself. [BD] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 27, 2015
4/4 96% My Fair Lady (1964) "The well-nigh-irresistible...My Fair Lady...comedically softens Shaw's ending but nevertheless nearly single-handedly transcends the material's sexist leaning through the sheer humanism of Hepburn's deeply felt performance. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 27, 2015
3/4 58% Truth (2015) "Though the [film]...cannot pretend to be free of its own leanings, Vanderbilt allows a reading of Mapes' tragic errors amidst its melancholy diagnosing of TV-news' slow, painful death march from the public trust into modern corporate product. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 26, 2015
3.5/4 96% Room (2015) "For two hours, Larson and Tremblay make their struggles our struggles, Ma and Jack's perceptions challenging our own...the most potent pairing on screen this year. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 26, 2015
3.5/4 94% Aladdin (1992) "The film's conspicuously irreverent style suggests that, blithe offenses aside, writer-directors Ron Clements and John Musker...have their heart in the right place: firmly situated in the anarchic comic tradition of Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 25, 2015
2/4 84% Steve Jobs (2015) "In attempting to "pull back the curtain" on a man, reveals behind its own theatrical curtain nothing much worth paying attention to... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 14, 2015
2/4 47% Freeheld (2015) "No movie can fully suppress the talents of Moore, Page, and Shannon, but in Ron Nyswaner's script, every theme gets put in a character's mouth, and every plot point gets telegraphed, mailed, emailed, and texted ahead of its arrival. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 13, 2015
3/4 93% The Martian (2015) "Perhaps the purest ode to science mainstream cinema has ever produced, a love letter to NASA and STEM education. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 2, 2015
2.5/4 61% Sleeping with Other People (2015) "Effectively has it both ways, with its dark neuroses and naughty humor giving way to a sweet consideration of the rarity of unconditional love. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 29, 2015
2.5/4 70% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) "Maguire isn't obvious casting, but he convincingly owns the role...The actor pairs an oft-fevered, disheveled aspect with the fierce impatience and unwillingness to suffer fools that attend genius. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 23, 2015
2/4 60% The Intern (2015) "A popular entertainment with two movie stars in likeable mode, a sunny Hollywood sheen, and a novel premise. And yet there's something vaguely unsettling about how Myers' mildly amusing comedy gets tangled up in political (in)correctness. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 22, 2015
2.5/4 75% Black Mass (2015) "Stars Depp in a performance generating awards talk, makes a complicated story coherent without dumbing it down (much), lets a bunch of strong actors do their things, and yet inspires little more than adjectives like 'efficient' and 'workmanlike.' " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 16, 2015
2.5/4 73% Time Out Of Mind (2015) "Though it's hit and miss for audiences trying to forget Gere's screen history, Moverman ably serves a slice of homeless life, dramatizing a problem we've contended with further back than we can remember. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 8, 2015
2.5/4 76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "For those who don't yet know of Jobs' dark side, Gibney's documentary will be a useful eye-opener, but those looking to understand what made Jobs great in almost equal proportion to his nastiness will remain in the dark. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 8, 2015
2.5/4 90% Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "At times suffers from dull, dunderheaded, or dead-end plotlines [but]...There's enough here to keep hope alive that Gotham could grow into more of a weekly treat than a fanboy obligation. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 4, 2015
2/4 45% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "A broad comic tone...The few funny bits and sharp lines amount to fool's gold scattered around a claim that never satisfactorily pays off. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 1, 2015
3/4 91% Grandma (2015) "Tailor-made for the great Lily Tomlin...Yeah, the circumstances are contrived, but easy enough to accept as long as they're forcing interesting dynamics into seriocomic confrontation. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 1, 2015
1/4 41% We Are Your Friends (2015) "Does not miss its chance to blow...Every bit a screenwriter's idea of what it takes to make it...while accidentally cultivating the pervading sense that real DJs would laugh their asses off at this movie and its endless dopey brodowns. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 25, 2015
3.5/4 94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "[Not] played for cynical misanthropic laughs or as miserable tragedy, but...[in] an honest treatment devoid of the usual rush to judgment. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/4 44% American Ultra (2015) "At times pokes fun at the genre's cliché in amusingly productive ways...More often than not, though, this conspiracy isn't the real deal, but rather an elaborate distraction. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/4 71% The Blacklist: Season 2 (TV, 2014-2015) "A week-in, weak-out study in same-y procedural storytelling and mythology stalling that's powered by the usual salacious crime exploitation and the unusual lead performance of James Spader. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 18, 2015
2.5/4 82% Mistress America (2015) "Like Brooke, the film flies a strange and arresting course: if not quite a screwball, then certainly a change-up pitch. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 17, 2015
3/4 74% A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) "Pure mid-period Allen, a muscle-stretching ensemble comedy with dramatic undertones and playful philosophical musings...Allen's characters ponder the permeable divide between lust and love, and the meanings of sexual intercourse... [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 86% Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015) "Another solid entry in the DCU line, Justice League: Gods and Monsters works best as an entrée into what should be a fascinating and highly entertaining series of its own. [Blu-ray/DVD] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3.5/4 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "Its prismatic philosophical and cultural observation...offers plenty of angles on the true value of the subjective fictions and supposedly objective non-fictions some create and others consume. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 11, 2015
2.5/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "Honors the original characters just fine, but the leads are lukewarm...the [action] mostly unmemorable ...and the split-the-difference jokey-serious tone errs...on the side of fashion-conscious and smug. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 11, 2015
3/4 77% House of Cards: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "'Do what you have to do.'...Netflix's flagship series addresses this dictum to many characters grappling with tough choices, but the core subject of [Season Three] the marriage of Frank and Claire Underwood. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 5, 2015
3/4 85% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "Zimbardo insists he's 'trying to understand how an institution affects an individual's behavior.' Alvarez's own dark study, empowered by potent acting, allows the audience to contemplate the many variations on that psychological dynamic. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 5, 2015
3.5/4 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "Like the debates it concerns, Best of Enemies entertains to a degree, enlightens to another, and asks us to ponder the relative merits of polar political ideologies and two complicated men who very publicly represented them. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 5, 2015
2/4 65% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "That special brand of La Streep mugging-here applied to the character of a hot-mess bar-band deadbeat mom-will wear you into submission until nothing else seems to matter. Except that it should. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 5, 2015
2.5/4 92% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "McQuarrie doesn't make it easy to invest in the characters here, but paradoxically he does know how to make us grip our armrests as they face danger, and thus the mission is accomplished once more. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 28, 2015
1.5/4 17% Pixels (2015) "Resembles its own remarks about predictable patterns in the circuitry of arcade games: here is a series of crass caricatures, obvious setups and payoffs (not to mention a woman problem...), further suffocated by overweening commercialism... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 22, 2015
3.5/4 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "McKellen dazzles...Mr. Holmes spins a tale about the falsely drawn lines between stories and our perceptions of real life, between celebrity image and genuine persona, and between upper and lower classes. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "With its playful use of scale, Ant-Man drops a dollop of Lewis Carroll whimsy on the usual clashes of good and evil. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 15, 2015
2/4 54% Minions (2015) "The technical execution is strong...but the invention is weak...simply feels late to the party by spinning off it trades on '60s style... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 81% Batkid Begins (2015) "Celebrates a city united for fun and goodwill, and the rare, pronounced sense of play and energy adults are capable of rediscovering, as do those who toil excitedly and hopefully to give Miles 'a little bit of his childhood back.' " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3.5/4 100% Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959) "That it is Hitler doing the exploiting has little relevance to the overriding theme of tragic history humanity remains doomed to repeat: sending naive young men--and, at some times and places, boys--to their ends. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 3, 2015
3/4 82% A Master Builder (2014) "Gregory (credited as having 'created for the stage' this version), Shawn (the translator/adaptor), and Demme (the director) nobly pursue their solid, usually convincing, but rarely exceptional concept for a manifestly challenging symbolist play. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 3, 2015
4/4 89% Vanya on 42nd Street (1995) "A deeply moving, inspirational secular-sacred experience both for its beautiful embodiment of Chekhov's story of unmoored souls and for the beauty of the greatest collaborative art form, practiced with pure joy and for love. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 3, 2015
3.5/4 91% My Dinner with André (1981) "This scripted literal "conversation piece"...was also acutely self-aware and just as much thought-provoking, offering a progressive cinematic paradigm... [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 3, 2015
1/4 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Any senses of suspenseful stakes or human-scale relationships have turned weightless, leaving us with crashing and bashing, running and gunning, and a whole lot of head-scratching. The experience is utterly numbing... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 30, 2015
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