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Peter Canavese

Peter Canavese
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 75% Lone Wolf and Cub - Sword of Vengeance (Kozure Ôkami: Kowokashi udekashi tsukamatsuru) (1972) Could be fairly branded exploitation pictures in their quantity of sex and violence (and nudity and gore), but they also qualify as comic-book movies, and perhaps the first in the modernistic style... [Criterion Collection Blu-ray] ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 24, 2017
3/4 97% Heart of a Dog (2015) 'Arty,' to be sure, but it's not pretentious: rather, it's expressive of the scattered state of mind, the reflective state of mind, that attends grief. [Criterion Collection Blu-ray] ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 24, 2017
2/4 19% Inferno (2016) You won't ever find me calling Inferno a good movie, but I won't deny that, in dribs and drabs, it gets closer to the marks of fun and quality than I thought possible from this picturesque but dopey franchise. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 24, 2017
2.5/4 40% Gold (2017) In its broader themes of 'selling a story' to investors and the blinding power of money, Gold has little new to offer, but in its particulars...finds deposits rich enough to make the trip worthwhile. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 24, 2017
1.5/4 57% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) Silly and rarely believable in any of its particulars...Andy Daly, though? Really funny. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/4 89% 20th Century Women (2017) Empathetic and self-searching...a highly witty, deeply humane look at people who may be too conscious for their own good, people who think and feel too much ever to be truly happy. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 18, 2017
3.5/4 84% Silence (2017) Slow going...But Silence also represents consummate filmmaking. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 11, 2017
2/4 78% Patriots Day (2017) 'Terror bad. Boston strong.' ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3.5/4 86% A Monster Calls (2017) There's a simple power to the clean lines of Ness' story, and it's greatly amplified by the work of the actors. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 3, 2017
2.5/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Could hardly be more historically important, culturally significant, or inspirational, and as a PG-rated film, it's especially valuable as a STEM education boost for young girls. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 3, 2017
2/4 40% Why Him? (2016) Nothing if not formulaic, but it has its passing charms...Ultimately, the hacky plot (partly credited to Franco's buddy Jonah Hill) is also too primal not to work... ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 27, 2016
2/4 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Despite its style points, fails to resonate on a higher octave than its low hum of dark doings, leaping around, and fisticuffs. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 27, 2016
3/4 89% Jackie (2016) The serviceable movie you make about this subject. But it does offer a little bit more, peeking through with an interesting insight every quarter-hour or so. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/4 71% Sing (2016) May not amount to much--a salute to theater and showmanship, a simple tale of self-empowerment and group spirit--but it is up with people, or, rather, animals in ways that will delight kids and adults alike. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4/4 88% Macbeth (1950) The graphic intensity of Orson Welles' black-and-white 1948 film of Macbeth, then, isn't merely for show, but a carefully considered symbolist staging for screen, meant to complement the Bard's immortal poetry. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/4 31% Passengers (2016) What begins as an intriguing premise based on high-stakes "what if"s shrinks in imagination as the pair begins to face crises akin to a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode... ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 20, 2016
0/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Chicken Poop for the Soul... ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/4 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) There's room enough for two Pete's Dragons in this big old world. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 13, 2016
3.5/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Will give die-hard Star Wars fans multiple orgasms...runneth over with Star Wars spectacle. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 13, 2016
1.5/4 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Well, why don't you just tell me what you think Office Christmas Party is about, and I'll tell you if you're right. Uh huh. Uh huh. Uh huh. Yeah, you've got it. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/4 70% Miss Sloane (2016) [Not] a truly thoughtful and credible treatment of the unpleasant realities of Washington lobbying...[but] a hothouse melodrama that teases an ice queen's meltdown while actually doing the hustle. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 6, 2016
4/4 95% Fences (2016) An American classic writ large. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 5, 2016
3.5/4 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) A moody and deeply unsettling look at a pair of failed relationships, regrets and recriminations, and measures of emotional violence--oh, shall we call it 'lashing out'?--symbolized in physical violence. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3.5/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) In its broad strokes, Manchester by the Sea doesn't explore anything new...[but Lonergan] is the master of telling behavior and conversational nuance. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 95% Moana (2016) When it's cooking, Moana prepares tender, slip-off-the-bone meat on the tried-and-true bones of the Disney formula. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) In his screenplay and performance as Hughes, Beatty offers a canny, sharply drawn, and highly personal take on the billionaire, with strong elements of lacerating self-parody. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 29, 2016
2.5/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) I have heard the cash cow moo...the sort of movie many will feel obliged to like more than they actually want to clamor right back onto the ride. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 15, 2016
3.5/4 89% Loving (2016) An easy realism and an intimate domestic perspective on events that became consequential to national history...replacing histrionics with a genuine curiosity about what it must have been like to live this story from the inside. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 15, 2016
2/4 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) As a documentary, it's only marginally more credible than Nanook of the North. So have we really come a long way, baby? ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 8, 2016
4/4 94% Arrival (2016) A science-fiction masterpiece that's largely about our perceptions of time and our struggles to communicate...unexpectedly romantic and profound in its deeper concerns, by exploring the happy-sad nature of existence itself, of being born to die. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 8, 2016
3.5/4 89% Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders (2016) A gleeful exercise in nostalgia, a fun and family-friendly Batman story in its own right, and a running commentary on the character's flexible interpretation. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange looks at urban architecture through a twisting digital kaleidoscope, next-stepping from Inception to an M.C. Escher-esque action aesthetic that amounts to three-dimensional chess. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3.5/4 90% Certain Women (2016) Reichardt in no way pushes her material, instead giving the viewer the space to live in this space with the characters, observe them and listen to them, and then draw one's own conclusions about thematic import. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 31, 2016
3.5/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) A conspicuously crafty tale...Park's erotic thriller...with its story that, not coincidentally, deals with fetishes-never feels lifelessly premeditated; rather, we realize, early and often, that we are in very sure hands. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 31, 2016
3/4 91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Though Holm's film can be plenty sentimental and emotionally manipulative, it also manages to be about sentiment and emotional manipulations, and how those aren't necessarily bad things. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 19, 2016
.5/4 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) Only in a well-populated movie theater can one truly appreciate the sound of silence when Gadot's character boasts she could crack a walnut with her vagina. And that, my friends, is the funniest joke in the picture. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 19, 2016
4/4 94% Duck Soup (1933) For all its wild comic abandon, Duck Soup has darker implications than the usual Marx Brothers comedy and, as such, feels the most relevant and sharp in its satire. [Blu-ray] ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2016
4/4 96% Horse Feathers (1932) The opening ten minutes of Horse Feathers have more laughs than most comedy features muster in their entirety. And there's more where that came from... [Blu-ray] ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3.5/4 94% Monkey Business (1931) Keeps plot at a minimum, anarchy at a maximum, which is a good place to be for the fearless foursome of 1930s screen comedy. [Blu-ray] ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3.5/4 96% Animal Crackers (1930) More so than any of the other Paramount films, Animal Crackers is Groucho's picture. [Blu-ray] ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Cocoanuts (1929) Sophisticated absurdity and sublime nonsense. [Blu-ray] ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2016
1/4 51% The Accountant (2016) The running-gag emotional expression of another of the film's autistic characters pretty much sums it up: 'Heavy sigh.' ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 12, 2016
2/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) A mental health exploitation picture. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 5, 2016
2.5/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Unsettlingly, Parker's historical film depicts a tragic uncivil war that bears comparison to our modern racial struggles, and while it's history not to be forgotten, it's also not to be mischaracterized. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3.5/4 80% Patterns (1956) The main draw remains Serling, whose story seems every bit as relevant-indeed, more so-today. There is efficiency but also music in his theatrical language... [Blu-ray] ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Hammer[s] home what the news media didn't much convey in 2010: the human-level horror of being on the rig and the sheer scope of the unnaturalness of the enterprise. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 28, 2016
3/4 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) A co-production of Disney and ESPN Films, Queen of Katwe unsurprisingly has a calculated quality to it...What's thrilling is the story's girl power, with Phiona described as an aggressive player of 'astonishing power.' ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 26, 2016
4/4 94% Blood Simple (1984) Simpleness and crime have consistently fascinated the pair, who may as well be praying at the temple of Ate...the Coens preach a healthy respect for the randomness and chaos that ensues from our desires. [Criterion Blu-ray] ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 53% The Dressmaker (2016) Part slow-burn mother-daughter drama, part slow-burn suspense thriller, and part slow-burn romance, with a few twists for good measure as the town begins to come apart at the seams. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 20, 2016
3/4 63% Storks (2016) Samberg's jittery-nerdy energy comes through, and Stoller applies a level of taste and restraint to the film's use of source music and amusingly awkward pauses. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 20, 2016