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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 85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) "What works (marginally) in this instantly forgettable entry: a few diverting character fairy dust...action, action, action. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 20, 2016
1/4 13% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) "The mammoths and their mammalian buddies...take direction from [a] lunatic SAVE THE WORLD by DIVERTING THE PATH OF AN ASTEROID (emphasis mine). " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 20, 2016
2.5/4 77% Captain Fantastic (2016) "The film's saving graces are the uniformly strong performances...and its intriguing subject matter...[but it] develops third-act problems as it devolves into calculated contrivances, didacticism, and sentiment. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 19, 2016
3/4 92% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) "Moves at a rhythm akin to the gently lapping waves...yet somehow swiftly establishes the personalities of the three sisters, a contradiction that speaks to the resonance of the performers and Koreeda's skill at eliciting emotional truth. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 18, 2016
2.5/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) "Should you see Sony's new Ghostbusters remake? Yes. Yes, you should. Will you be entertained? Yes. Yes, you will. Will you also be a little annoyed? Well, yeah,'s all a bit too self-consciously self-conscious... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 12, 2016
2.5/4 68% The Infiltrator (2016) "A sturdy but uninspired crime docudrama that's neither convincingly colloquial nor thrillingly stylish. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 12, 2016
1.5/4 22% The Boss (2016) "Needlessly starting out on such a false, bombastic note emblematizes the film's mistake of blowing up the character past what made her recognizable, and thereby funny, in the first place. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 9, 2016
3/4 90% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) "From the evidence of Thorsten Schütte's found-footage documentary...Zappa saw the interview as sometime endurance test, sometime amusement, and all-the-time chess match he could never lose, played as it was against lesser lights. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 9, 2016
3/4 100% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) "Has more genuinely funny moments than most so-called comedies at the multiplex, abetted by Waititi's now-practiced comic sensibility, his stylized snap of performance and editing. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 9, 2016
.5/4 39% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) "The fact that Mike and Dave will inevitably turn into a rom com blunts its potential as a black comedy of comeuppance for the titular jerks. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 9, 2016
2.5/4 68% Central Intelligence (2016) "Even if the material's not always up to the title's ironic reference to wit, the cast and their director carry the day with a good stock of laughs. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 73% The BFG (2016) "Largely lifeless, which is unusual for fantasy material birthed by Roald Dahl or directed by Steven Spielberg, much less a combination of the two. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) "If the plotting at first feels overly familiar (and, in many ways, is), its elegance becomes apparent in the reinvigorating final movements, which also confirm Finding Dory's ultimate theme of building self-confidence through self-discovery. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 14, 2016
1.5/4 33% Now You See Me 2 (2016) "Not only can the center not hold, but there is no center to begin with...The story mostly speeds along at an obnoxious rate and pitch, the better to misdirect from the next dumb abracadabra plot twist, but good luck hanging in for over two hours of it. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 10, 2016
1.5/4 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) "When there's somefin your neighbor'ood...'oo you gonna call? " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 7, 2016
1.5/4 25% Kill Your Friends (2016) "As adapted by screenwriter John Niven from his own novel, Kill Your Friends has a decidedly been-there, killed-that feel to it. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 6, 2016
3/4 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "In a way, the amusing, preposterous Hail, Caesar!, for all its arch postmodernism, becomes what it pastiches, resembling the kind of '50s film we can now watch and admire for a kind of cultural reflection without exactly considering it a success... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 4, 2016
1.5/4 59% Me Before You (2016) "The sort of film to starkly divide audiences: hard cases will wince at the clichés and Clarke's performance; starry-eyed weepie fans will get what they came for. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 30, 2016
2.5/4 86% Maggie's Plan (2016) "A not-unpleasant 98 minutes that's nevertheless understocked with comic zest and thematic incisiveness. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 26, 2016
1.5/4 61% Dough (2016) "Tastes awfully stale...those with a high tolerance for 'nice' movies will happily roll with this Dough. But know that it is proudly unsophisticated in its storytelling. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 25, 2016
3.5/4 90% The Lobster (2016) "Investigates the nature of our need for a partner (who else will apply that pain-relief cream to the small of your back?), how we cling to superficial similarities to justify our matches, and our denial, at our peril, of our animal nature. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 25, 2016
3/4 91% The Witch (2016) "Enjoy The Witch for what it is: a refreshingly baroque respite from the jump-scares that typify today's horror. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 25, 2016
2.5/4 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) "Even though 'Anger is not always the answer,' sometimes it has to be, or there's no movie, and here's where The Angry Birds Movie will divide audiences. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 19, 2016
3/4 97% Dark Horse (2016) "Osmond doesn't belabor style in any way, opting to shape the story simply and directly through the new interviews, available archive materials, and efficient montage. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 19, 2016
2/4 63% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) "Can repeat its formula by rote, but develops no breakthrough theory of its own. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 10, 2016
2.5/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) "For all its failings, including the crime of not being exhilarating, X-Men: Apocalypse remains a competent sci-fi actioner. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 9, 2016
3.5/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "A direct sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier...a crazy-cool superhero teamup/smackdown movie to make Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice look like a tea party, and a franchise-launching introduction to the new Spider-Man... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 2, 2016
3/4 84% The Meddler (2016) "A delightfully humane comedy...doesn't insist upon the meddling as a 'premise' but as an important part of the film's psychological reality. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 2, 2016
.5/4 7% 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 77% 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 73% 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 53% 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 87% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "An art-house Animal House. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 5, 2016
1.5/4 21% 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 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) "For Zeus's 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 83% 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 90% 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 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) "This feminist war 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 51% 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 23% 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 84% 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 79% 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
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