Celluloid Dreams

Celluloid Dreams is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Peter Canavese
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 Relic (2020) Peter Canavese James summons a dark beauty for this landscape painting of inter-generational conflict and the horrors of aging. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2020
3.5/4 Mucho mucho amor (2020) Peter Canavese Welcome to Walter's world...you just may want to live in it, reckless optimism and all. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2020
.5/4 The F...-It List (2020) Peter Canavese Pays lip service to questioning the systemic fallacies of American education and capitalism but offers only the shallowest of platitudes in their place before an ending that says f**k it to the notion of a coherent message. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
1/4 Desperados (2020) Peter Canavese Another resort-set rom com that strings together attempts at outrageous sexual humor while trying to convince us to have faith in a truly horrid protagonist. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
3.5/4 Hamilton (2020) Peter Canavese Powerfully performed and beautifully structured. With its melodic and lyrical motifs, it's densely packed, witty, and emotional...imperfect as history but still a phenomenon and a public service. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
3.5/4 First Cow (2019) Peter Canavese Convincingly transports us to 19th century frontier America while keeping one foot firmly planted in our not-so-evolved 21st century landscape. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
2/4 Nobody Knows I'm Here (2020) Peter Canavese Has a poetic soul but there's too much broth here and not enough meat. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
2.5/4 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Peter Canavese Threads the needle of being mocking and celebratory at the same time...bloated but offers up ideally absurd trappings for Ferrell's brand of comedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
3.5/4 Athlete A (2020) Peter Canavese Incredibly damning and presented with an audiovisual impact that the written word of its journalistic source couldn't fully capture. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
2/4 My Spy (2020) Peter Canavese Belongs to that dubious and very practiced subgenre of action comedy that awkwardly marries an impossibly precocious tyke to a macho man, getting him in touch with his sensitivity and the kid in touch with casually normalized fatal violence. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
3.5/4 Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Peter Canavese France answers horror with hope in this searing record of human rights abuses and heroic activism. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
3/4 The Outpost (2020) Peter Canavese Camaraderie and carnage...honors military sacrifice while acknowledging the waste of human life in service of a murky mission. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
3/4 John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Peter Canavese A living legend of the American civil rights movement gets his documentary spotlight, and the results cannot help but inspire despite a surface-skimming feel. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
3/4 The Truth (2019) Peter Canavese Deneuve and Binoche as mother and daughter are worth the price of admission, and Kore-eda brings a thematic playfulness to bear. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
1/4 Run With the Hunted (2020) Peter Canavese Feels like a TV season's worth of script had to be hacked down to 90m, resulting in incoherent near-pointlessness. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/4 Irresistible (2020) Peter Canavese Pitched somewhere between Capra and 'Primary Colors', Stewart's tart political satire entertains as it wishes on a fix to our broken electoral machinery."\ EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
2.5/4 Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Peter Canavese Another solid survey of Cohn's career and personal life that inevitably struggles to humanize an inhumane man. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
3.5/4 Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020) Peter Canavese An instantly essential film history and social plea that does for the trans community what 'The Celluloid Closet' did for gays and lesbians. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
2.5/4 Dads (2019) Peter Canavese Exactly what it looks like: a celebrity-seasoned look at the benefits and best practices of fatherhood. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
3.5/4 Miss Juneteenth (2020) Peter Canavese A heartfelt account of tough-minded mothering and the never-say-die pursuit of the American Dream. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
2.5/4 You Should Have Left (2020) Peter Canavese This visually stylish creep show effectively employs practical tactics, such as a swinging light bulb or a forced perspective, even as its familiar story line stagnates. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
2/4 Looks That Kill (2020) Peter Canavese An amiable but messy attempt to marry Hal Ashby to Tim Burton by way of YA romance novels. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
3.5/4 The Surrogate (2020) Peter Canavese Chooses an uncomfortable subject and forces its characters to reckon with it, heart and soul. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
3/4 Nakitai watashi wa neko wo kaburu (2020) Peter Canavese A sweet-natured schoolgirl romance given a fantasy twist reminiscent of 'Spirited Away.' EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
3/4 7500 (2019) Peter Canavese Queasily recasts 9/11 as an action thriller, so Trigger Warning. That said, it's executed with great skill, qualifying as both high-stakes drama and even a horror movie of sorts. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
3.5/4 The Killing Floor (1984) Peter Canavese A well-researched historical drama, with a Steinbeckian sense of economic and racial justice. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
1/4 Artemis Fowl (2020) Peter Canavese Just short of completely inept. Nothing that needs to work here works: not the casting, not the script, not the direction, not the design, not the score. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
3/4 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Peter Canavese Winningly layers war-veteran and African-American and partisan sociopolitical commentary over a familiar action drama plot. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
2.5/4 I Like Money (1962) Peter Canavese A comedy of ethics that gets off to a sluggish start, picks up, but ultimately sputters across its finish line...worthwhile for the magnificent chemistry of Sellers and frequent foil Herbert Lom. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
2.5/4 Sometimes Always Never (2018) Peter Canavese More often feels like a screenplay-competition winner than an actually resonant human-interest story, but gets by on Nighy's rakish charm and lively production design. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
2/4 The King of Staten Island (2020) Peter Canavese The lazy script is like a new Taco Bell recipe that uses all the same old ingredients: in other words, a heavily promoted product for suckers. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
0/4 365 Days (2020) Peter Canavese Strictly for those wondering, "what would a straight-up ripoff of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' look like if it were made in Poland?" EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
1/4 The Last Days of American Crime (2020) Peter Canavese An interesting science fiction concept--akin to 'Minority Report'--squandered on an insultingly dumb action movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
2.5/4 Spelling the Dream (2020) Peter Canavese A bit repetitive, and awkwardly splits the difference between the overall phenomenon and the drama of one bee, but still a likable showcase for kid personality and intellectual rigor. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/4 Parkland Rising (2019) Peter Canavese With its heart on its sleeve, 'Parkland Rising' follows one youth-driven movement that refuses to accept the American madness of the intolerable being seemingly intractable. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
4/4 What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire? (2018) Peter Canavese Staggering...a vital snapshot of African American life as it's being lived on the margins of society...one of the best films I've seen by far this year. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
3/4 Judy & Punch (2019) Peter Canavese A feminist revenge drama with black comedy overtones and social satire. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
3.5/4 You Don't Nomi (2019) Peter Canavese An object lesson in what a Rorschach test any film--and certainly one as purely campy as 'Showgirls'--can be. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
3/4 Tommaso (2019) Peter Canavese Both character study and confession...film as self-therapy, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't find it fascinating. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
3.5/4 Shirley (2020) Peter Canavese A shrewd and complex psychodrama that both understands and wickedly exaggerates the writing process while maintaining a thoughtful ambiguity. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
3.5/4 Onward (2020) Peter Canavese Disney-Pixar's magic-themed fantasy adventure delivers big laughs and little tears within its tale of fraternal love and moving beyond grief. [4K Blu-ray] EDIT
Posted May 30, 2020
3.5/4 () Peter Canavese The fifteenth and final film in the DC Animated Movie Universe, an R-rated epic with sky-high stakes, will have DC fans entirely in its thrall. [4K Blu-ray] EDIT
Posted May 30, 2020
3.5/4 The Grey Fox (1982) Peter Canavese A "you can't make this up" crime drama powered by Richard Farnsworth's iconic performance as an aging gentleman bandit. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
3/4 Joan of Arc (2019) Peter Canavese Gently but shrewdly absurdist...its selling point is that it is unusual, at times even Lynchian, in its measured approach to retelling familiar history. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 End of Sentence (2019) Peter Canavese An expertly performed character drama about the ways, large and small, that family can hurt one another and unexpectedly heal the wounds. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 The Vast of Night (2019) Peter Canavese The plot's on the thin side, but the film is a model of independent film making on a limited budget and a beautifully embossed calling card for director Andrew Patterson. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
2/4 The High Note (2020) Peter Canavese A hokey middle-of-the-road light drama about Hollywood's version of the L.A. music scene. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
2.5/4 Military Wives (2019) Peter Canavese Corny and predictably formulaic...but it's buttressed by two skilled performances and, let's face it, it's nice. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
2.5/4 The Trip to Greece (2020) Peter Canavese Foodie undertones, tony-tourism overtones, gorgeous locales and fun allusions to Ancient Greek culture as Brydon and Coogan reach the end of their own ten-year odyssey. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
3/4 The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018) Peter Canavese A highly unusual personal essay about a film-production disaster and a friendship colored by insanity. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020