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Peter Canavese
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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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
3.5/4 83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2016
3.5/4 81% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2016
3/4 91% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2016
4/4 80% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016
.5/4 14% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
3.5/4 93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2016
2.5/4 81% The Revenant (2015) Iñárritu's insistently flashy cinematographic staging...ultimately plays less as lyricism and more as poetry slam.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/4 60% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
1.5/4 74% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
3/4 42% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
3/4 95% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2015
2/4 45% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2015
3/4 64% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2015
4/4 83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2015
3/4 62% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
2.5/4 72% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2015
2/4 61% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2015
2.5/4 74% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
2.5/4 79% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2015
2/4 46% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015