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Peter Canavese

Peter Canavese
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 No Score Yet Canoa (1975) A deeply disturbing study of mass hysteria, a lasting cultural document of "a shameful memory"...and a culturally specific but widely relevant snapshot of that late-'60s moment of student rebellion being met by violent institutional crackdowns. [Blu-ray]‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
2.5/4 28% The Boss Baby (2017) Fairly one-note in its humor, and not as lively as you would assume it would be [but with] all-around strong voice work and a predictably sweet message about sharing the love...it's all, as they say, good enough for government work.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
2/4 33% The Last Word (2017) A serious case of the cutes...Pellington knows his movie is more or less bad, but Shirley there's an audience for it.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
3.5/4 79% Personal Shopper (2017) A meditation about our own ephemerality on this supposedly corporeal plane. In the end, the truly inescapable horrors are, sure, okay, death, but also living with one's own mind and the uncertainties of human existence.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
2/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Pound for pound, scene for scene, there's not a sequence here that the original film doesn't execute better in the clean lines of hand-drawn animation and the crisp vocals of the original cast.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
3/4 94% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) Its emotional beats strike honest notes, well played by the actors in the clutch moments...Téchiné and Sciamma prove that there is, in truth, beauty, as in youth and mountain greenery, as in nature's need and human nature's desire. [Blu-ray]‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
2.5/4 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Builds to the fulfillment of the 'MonsterVerse' promise (further teased in a post-credits scene) of monster-on-monster action...It's all very silly...and also a kind of bruising primordial thrill ride.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
4/4 97% Moonlight (2016) Filled with extraordinary performances, Moonlight explores the tension between private and public selves for a closeted black individual who feels pressure to conform to traditional but arbitrary standards of masculinity. [Blu-ray]‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3.5/4 100% The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli Zoccoli) (1979) It's easy enough to appreciate...as a painterly near-documentary, shot and edited by a director who got his start in documentary films...or a spacious moral fable about humility and trust in following the righteous path. [Criterion Blu-ray]‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3.5/4 99% Cameraperson (2016) Smart enough to make implications but let us draw our own conclusions about what these images, individually and collectively--and the art form to which they belong--mean to their photographer, to us, and to human society. [Criterion Blu-ray]‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) What's most interesting about Get Out is how it taps into the same idea to fuel both its comedy and horror: the recognition of social truths.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3/4 92% Logan (2017) There's a resonant motif in Logan that times have changed for the worst, but this dystopian world revives the humanity in these characters, a development that's all for the best.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/4 80% By Sidney Lumet (2016) Like Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's De Palma (also released in 2016), by Sidney Lumet has one undeniable result: it instills a fervent wish to watch the director's entire output from beginning to end... [Blu-ray]‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
3/4 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Distinctive, invigorating creativity at work...far from perfect, but this treat for the eyes with ideas to consider feels like a miracle of a movie by offering so much more than we expect from the jump-scare horror to which we've resigned ourselves.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Makes the case for the Wick franchise as a kind of bizarro James Bond...This antihero may not be licensed to kill, but now he lives in a similarly slick universe of action fantasy and exotic settings.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
2.5/4 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Full to bursting with Easter Eggs for longtime Batman fans...Zany, frantically paced, and busy, busy, busy. For some, that...will be a bit exhausting, especially in brain-fatiguing LEGO-construction-block animation.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
1.5/4 17% The Space Between Us (2017) Despite the multiple genres, The Space Between Us feels thin in its plot, and corny in the telling...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
1.5/4 25% The Comedian (2017) Surprise, this is a romantic comedy...this stand-up gives you no reason to sit down.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
4/4 100% Pinocchio (1940) Expertly balances whimsy, adventure, terrifying perils, music, comedy, and warmth on the way to a reassuring worldview of moral order, of virtue rewarded and the bosom embrace of familial figures. [Blu-ray]‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
1/4 33% A Dog's Purpose (2017) In this sort of Quantum Leap for dogs, a soulful, gender-confused, repeatedly reincarnated canine goes on a magical journey of Hollywood formula. Come with me, and you'll be in a world of pure manipulation.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3/4 78% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
2.5/4 42% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
1.5/4 58% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/4 88% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3.5/4 85% Silence (2017) Slow going...But Silence also represents consummate filmmaking.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
2/4 80% Patriots Day (2017) 'Terror bad. Boston strong.'‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
3.5/4 87% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
2.5/4 93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/4 73% Sing (2016) Sing is pleasant enough...but scrutinize it, and you'll find that it's neither very musically accomplished nor very funny. The tone is bright and colorful but still evinces a kind of joyless duty...[3D Blu-ray]‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
0/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Chicken Poop for the Soul...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/4 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) There's room enough for two Pete's Dragons in this big old world.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
1.5/4 41% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/4 71% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
4/4 93% Fences (2016) An American classic writ large.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
3.5/4 73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 55% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
2/4 92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016