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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
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
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 80% 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 92% 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 81% 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 61% 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 43% 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 74% 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 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 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 44% 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 65% 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 80% 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 73% 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 61% 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 94% 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 86% 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 48% 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 92% 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 63% 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 71% 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 62% 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 78% 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 80% 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 92% 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 40% 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 93% 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 42% 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
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