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Groucho Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 86%

Unstoppable (2010)

"With its one-track premise, Unstoppable derails thrills."

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

2 79%

Fair Game (2010)

"Respectable but rather soggy."

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

3 52%

The Next Three Days (2010)

"Audiences may roll an eye here or there, but they're unlikely to lose interest in John's efforts."

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

4 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"Like Ralston, Boyle is an adrenaline junkie, and the film's opening moments establish the searching energy of filmmaker and subject."

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

5 41%

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

"This PG-rated Jerry Bruckheimer production is slick as an oiled weasel: larded with fancy special effects, canned romance, corny humor and a general lack of sophistication. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Peter Canavese

6 ——

The Pacific (2010)

"Succeeds in giving a vivid impression of the nature of this theater's combat, creating a venue for both powerful emotions and thoughtful consideration of provocative questions... [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 12, 2010

Peter Canavese

7 65%

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

"Ask yourself, would you rather show your kids Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Marmaduke? I don't want to live in a world where the answer is the latter. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 7, 2010

Peter Canavese

8 85%

The Sound of Music (1965)

"The Sound of Music is high-fructose corn-syrupy, built on simplistic psychology, unnaturalistic acting and historical inaccuracy. It's also well-nigh irresistible. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 7, 2010

Peter Canavese

9 100%

Modern Times (1936)

"There can be no better description for Modern Times-or indeed, Chaplin's career-than the film's initial title card: "A story of industry, of individual enterprise-humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness." [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 7, 2010

Peter Canavese

10 99%

Toy Story 3 (2010)

"A story with timeless, universal themes: family, coming of age (and leaving behind childish things), and the inevitable time when, past our prime, we will all face potential social obsolence. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 7, 2010

Peter Canavese

11 91%

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

"Cuarón filigrees his film with brilliantly outsized projections of Harry's fears and underlying realities. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 6, 2010

Peter Canavese

12 72%

Monsters (2010)

"Zigs where other monster movies zag...a trip worth taking."

Posted Nov 5, 2010

Peter Canavese

13 73%

Megamind (2010)

"The promise of extraordinary brain power isn't fulfilled."

Posted Nov 5, 2010

Peter Canavese

14 100%

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1954)

"Synthesizes the traditions of the samurai narrative and the American western to create an intimate epic with deeply felt ground-level consequences. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Peter Canavese

15 100%

The Magician (Ansiktet) (The Face) (1958)

"Both a rebuke to critics and a confession of charlatanism, The Magician puts forward a one-of-a-kind examination of the problem of truth in life and in art. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Peter Canavese

16 66%

Tamara Drewe (2010)

"Ever so charming...with some satirical snap to its characterizations."

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Peter Canavese

17 93%

Beauty and the Beast (2012)

"As far as "Classic Disney," Beauty and the Beast pretty much has it all. Y'know, for kids. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Oct 20, 2010

Peter Canavese

18 71%

Red (2010)

"Stars four Oscar-winning actors. It's not every day that you're able to use 'Helen Mirren' and 'heavy artillery' in the same sentence, but Red gives you the opportunity."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Peter Canavese

19 79%

Nowhere Boy (2010)

"As a broad-strokes account of Lennon's complicated family dynamic, trouble-making youth, and first tentative steps toward rock stardom...succeeds as both entertainment and a rumination on the roots of one man's nascent artistry."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Peter Canavese

20 64%

Secretariat (2010)

"(To the tune of "Mister Ed":) We?ve had us a film about a horse./Seabiscuit got Oscar nods, of course./So another race horse on us they?ll force: Secretariat!"

Posted Oct 8, 2010

Peter Canavese

21 96%

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

"Nicholson gets to use all the colors on his palette, from quiet, troubled contemplation to the disturbingly truthful, live-wire jesting with which he has become best associated. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Oct 7, 2010

Peter Canavese

22 88%

Delicatessen (1991)

"Serves up a stew that seems to be made of a little of everything from one hundred years of screen comedy, seasoned with Grand Guignol. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Oct 5, 2010

Peter Canavese

23 71%

Sex and Lucia (Lucía y el sexo) (2002)

"A bizarre, alternately joyful and gloomy take on sexual fantasies and complications. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Oct 3, 2010

Peter Canavese

24 68%

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

"Hoffman's actorly sensibility allows the film's best moments, expressed in gestures and non-verbal signifiers..."

Posted Sep 27, 2010

Peter Canavese

25 32%

A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun) (2010)

"Most will find Noodle all wet--limp, if you will--in Yimou's apparent choice to remake Blood Simple in the style of Raising Arizona."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Peter Canavese

26 40%

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010)

"Mostly harmless. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Sep 12, 2010

Peter Canavese

27 36%

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

"All about the empty spectacle, sound and fury building to multiple climaxes (without the pleasure). [Blu-ray]"

Posted Sep 11, 2010

Peter Canavese

28 89%

Red Riding: 1983 (2009)

"1983 shifts to an unlikely hero: a slovenly solicitor...[and] "soul man"... [Blu-ray]"

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Peter Canavese

29 90%

Red Riding: 1980 (2010)

"Aside from the ongoing criminal mystery and obstruction of powerful men, it's a tale of dreary duty. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Peter Canavese

30 100%

Red Riding: 1974 (2009)

"Cigarettes, leather jackets, bell-bottoms, and dollops of pop music establish the socially agreed upon distractions of the particular bygone time: just a few ways of avoiding ugly truths. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Peter Canavese

31 86%

Red Riding Trilogy ()

"Thematically adventurous...the bloody shocks that paint the town Red emerge from suburban squalor: dirty streets, dirty crimes, and dirty politicians. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Peter Canavese

32 73%

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

"The encoded bloom is off the digital rose in The Matrix Reloaded. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Sep 8, 2010

Peter Canavese

33 66%

The American (2010)

"If it's half-baked Italian modernism you're after, you've come to the right place."

Posted Sep 3, 2010

Peter Canavese

34 81%

Cairo Time (2010)

"The picturesque romantic travelogue...is as obvious but elegant as the bit of symbolism that ends it."

Posted Sep 3, 2010

Peter Canavese

35 53%

Going the Distance (2010)

"The raison d'être of Going the Distance is exploring long-distance relationships. What a shame, then, that it has nothing much to say on the subject that isn't completely obvious. "

Posted Sep 3, 2010

Peter Canavese

36 ——

Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season (2010)

"[This] blend of swoony romance and horror-styled action...[isn't] shy about detonating plot twists. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Peter Canavese

37 57%

Cemetery Junction (2010)

"A humble riff on the well-worn coming-of-age film. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 30, 2010

Peter Canavese

38 96%

Mona Lisa (1986)

"As a study of social façades as a means of social climbing, and as a character study of Hoskins' would-be angel, Mona Lisa excels... [Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 29, 2010

Peter Canavese

39 95%

The Long Good Friday (1982)

"The screw-turning plot is great fodder for Hoskins and Mirren, who expertly calibrate their stressed-out character arcs. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 29, 2010

Peter Canavese

40 93%

Withnail and I (1987)

"One of the funniest elements of Withnail & I is that it concerns three varieties of drama queen: the flamboyantly dark-minded Withnail; neurotic, ill-equipped Marwood, and the larger-than-life Monty. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 29, 2010

Peter Canavese

41 92%

Time Bandits (1981)

"A smart and imaginative fantasy with appeal for the whole family is always cause for celebration...Time Bandits rivals Roald Dahl in its surrealism and satire. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 29, 2010

Peter Canavese

42 86%

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

"Its unique oddball blend of fatalistic Hemingway-esque masculinity, swoony romance and mythology, literary allusions...and grab bag of styles...makes Pandora and the Flying Dutchman nearly as hypnotic as the romance it retells. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 20, 2010

Peter Canavese

43 94%

Home (2009)

"Darkly funny, haunting, and perhaps hopeful...there's a keen sense of absurdism (and in Agnès Godard's brilliant photography a sort of surrealist realism, if there is such a thing) in the circumstances. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 20, 2010

Peter Canavese

44 55%

Mao's Last Dancer (2010)

"Like its defector hero, Mao's Last Dancer is neither here nor there...determinedly dull, even in the flatly filmed ballet sequences."

Posted Aug 20, 2010

Peter Canavese

45 76%

Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)

"One is always in good hands with Thompson, even in this kiddie franchise...for the kids, there's not only the sobering reminder that they're works in progress but also lots of...fairy-tale magic, with a touch of Babe's farm charm."

Posted Aug 19, 2010

Peter Canavese

46 95%

Hamlet (1996)

"The play widely regarded as the best piece of dramatic literature ever written...[in] the only unexpurgated big-screen version. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 16, 2010

Peter Canavese

47 ——

Elvis on Tour (1972)

"Consummate showmanship...evidence of a huge pop idol and savvy showman with a finely tuned stage act. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 16, 2010

Peter Canavese

48 20%

The Last Song (2010)

"How do I find thee ridiculous, The Last Song? Let me count the ways...[Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 16, 2010

Peter Canavese

49 36%

Eat Pray Love (2010)

"Amounts to the McDonalds version of spirituality, but there is some (obvious) truth in the joy of travel and food, the need for a life of balance and reflection."

Posted Aug 13, 2010

Peter Canavese

50 83%

Escape from New York (1981)

"New York is the ghost town and Van Cleef the corrupt sheriff in Escape from New York's thinly disguised postmodern Western, with ex-soldier Russell as the anti-establishment hero who won't cotton to anyone's code but his own. [Blu-ray] "

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Peter Canavese

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