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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
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 43% 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]...is the marriage of Frank and Claire Underwood. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 5, 2015
3/4 86% 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 64% 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 93% 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 80% 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 55% Minions (2015) "The technical execution is strong...but the invention is weak...simply feels late to the party by spinning off sidekicks...as 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
1.5/4 35% Max (2015) "Links all-American patriotism with military righteousness, religious faith, and socially conservative family values...when Max isn't leaping around, 'Max' rolls over and plays dead. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 25, 2015
1/4 31% Chappie (2015) "I fervently hoped that some particularly annoyed soul would create a 'Slapheads Yell "Chappie"!' supercut...to refine the movie to its purest form of annoyance. As of this writing, internet, you disappoint me. [Blu-ray review] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 15, 2015
2.5/4 83% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "A disappointing 'film' but, at least for its target audience of white middle-class teens (and probably their parents), a deeply satisfying 'movie.' " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 15, 2015
3/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "The culture has had just enough time to miss this franchise, and director and co-screenwriter Colin Trevorrow...has met the challenges with an appealing self-awareness. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3.5/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "Like a cross between Wreck-It Ralph and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Inside Out dazzles while taking care to send positive messages about the roles of feelings and the value of recognizing and embracing them... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3.5/4 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Honorable...deeply moving...takes a considered approach to Wilson, sound in dramatic and editorial construction and insightful in its psychological subtexts. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3.5/4 72% Welcome to Me (2015) "Wiig plays her role with total commitment, fearlessness, and lack of vanity...the movie we deserve in the age of social media and cable television, a satiric child of Paddy Chayevsky's Network in its autopsy of 'vox populi' viral video... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 1, 2015
3.5/4 89% When Marnie Was There (2015) "This latest gentle, sensitive, unhurried tale from Studio Ghibli...excels not only at natural beauty, touched with supernatural flourishes, but also at acute psychological perceptiveness... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 1, 2015
3.5/4 73% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) "Workman has done a service in making a broadly accessible history of Welles that stands a chance of drawing younger generations of film buffs, like moths, to 'the master''s flame. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 29, 2015
2/4 50% San Andreas (2015) "Succeeds at exploiting a proven disaster-movie formula without troubling itself much with little things like plot, character, and dialogue. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 29, 2015
3/4 42% Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) "Our American addiction...bloodsucking from humanity in order to maintain the lifestyle to which we are accustomed. By the time Hess wearily muses, "I'm tired of this existence," it's more or less clear he means a spiritually empty capitalist existence... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 27, 2015
1/4 15% Aloft (2015) "At times one feels there's an interesting film here struggling to break free (free as a bird!)...but what's made it to screen sends eyes aloft in its symbolism and its character dynamics. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 26, 2015
2.5/4 49% Tomorrowland (2015) "Curiously vacant characters and curiously pulse-less whimsy...lumbers, middlebrow and tiresome, when it should be daytripping the light fantastic... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 20, 2015
4/4 99% Leviathan (2014) "Zvyagintsev literally and allegorically depicts modern Russia's runaway corruption but also captures universal fears about the shaky ground on which we construct our lives. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 15, 2015
3.5/4 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Assayas implies that what transpires between the characters of Clouds of Sils Maria, between artists and art, and between art and audiences contains its own beautiful mystery that's nourishing, maddening, and essential. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 15, 2015
2.5/4 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "Though the thrill of invention is gone, there's enough comic fertility and accumulated goodwill to sustain Pitch Perfect 2 through to its splashy and socially optimistic finale... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 15, 2015
3.5/4 97% Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "Showrunner Michelle Ashford has played slow and loose with the facts, but in ways that achieve thematic resonance in a speculative, provocative dialogue with history. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted May 11, 2015
3/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Pure, uncut comic-book fantasy...Whedon tames the beast into something spectacularly epic, if a bit exhausting: bursting with destructive mayhem but grounded by interesting character beats, rife with dark implications but seasoned with good humor. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 28, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Grief of Others "While the subject matter...amounts to standard fare, audiences can all the more appreciate the thoughtful rigor applied by a team of artists working from page to screen. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 17, 2015
1.5/4 21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) "Has a smattering of effective moments and a creepy cinematographic look to it, but the sequel's redundancy to its predecessor and pulseless feints at tapping into human emotion leech the suspense out of the picture. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 44% True Story (2015) "Does a lot of its work with its tongue-in-cheek title, a meta commentary on the not-so-broad spectrum of liar, actor, fiction writer, filmmaker and journalist. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) "Assess to what extent we're witnessing man-ufactured monkey life...[or] just pay no attention to the men and women behind the curtain and simply enjoy the underwater photography of monkeys swimming. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 54% Woman in Gold (2015) "Corny, commercial, predictably platitudinous, and tear-jerkingly weepy...also an inevitably thought-provoking dramatization of facing the 'ghosts' of the past on an individual level and a national one. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/4 84% While We're Young (2015) "The obvious shots at hipster scenes...eventually sour into a complex critique of modern ambition in a changing cultural landscape. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 10, 2015
1/4 30% The Longest Ride (2015) "A Nicholas Sparks movie is like cinematic Jello. It sells well, the number one ingredient is sugar, and there's always room for it. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 10, 2015
1.5/4 18% Serena (2015) "Winds up sawing logs...instead of locating hard truths of the human condition, Serena lumbers through the motions. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 27, 2015
2/4 47% Home (2015) "Another conspicuously packaged product seemingly designed to wear down an audience more than entertain it. While wee ones won't notice, they probably won't remember Home by the time the car ride gets them back to the real thing. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 27, 2015
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