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
3/4 Censor (2021) Peter Canavese Psychological horror with a few bursts of real gore, but this is also serious film making, artistically done. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
2/4 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Peter Canavese The third mothership movie in the franchise. Pretty boilerplate, rote and basic exorcism theatrics -- and not much more. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
3/4 Changing the Game (2019) Peter Canavese Timely, personally-themed and emotionally appealing documentary about three transgender teen athletes which smartly focuses on an empathetic point-of-view. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
3/4 Anything for Jackson (2020) Peter Canavese A tongue-in-cheek, fun, sick and twisted psychological horror film anchored by its two two actors. Delivers on the creepiness and scares; lots of humor slathered with supernatural Satanism. (Blu-ray review). EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
2/4 Flashback (2020) Peter Canavese A trippy science fiction thriller reminiscent of Mike Cahill's 'Bliss'. Reasonably compelling but its pay-off feels anemic. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
2.5/4 Undine (2020) Peter Canavese Literal and modern but also lead-footed with barely a wisp of magic. By its end you don't quite know what to think. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
3.5/4 All Light, Everywhere (2021) Peter Canavese Artsy, heady, meta-documentary with poetic and piercingly philosophic narration (think Werner Herzog) that looks at all of the ways that reality is distorted through our ways of seeing. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
3/4 Spirit Untamed (2021) Peter Canavese Wins you over pretty quickly. It's a likable movie. The backgrounds are gorgeous, the storyboarding dynamic and the animation is energetic. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
2.5/4 Plan B (2021) Peter Canavese Like 'Booksmart' it's front and center to teenage girls; good, largely funny and pacey with lots of heart. There's five good jokes in the credit sequence alone. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
4/4 My Fair Lady (1964) Peter Canavese There are not enough superlatives for this new, 50th Anniversary digital transfer. As good as it gets for home video--and the reference disc so far for the 4K format. (4K Blu-ray Paramount 2021 blu-ray review). EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2021
3/4 A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Peter Canavese Top-notch film making; moves faster than its predecessor--a genre film so there's not a lot of meat on the bone, but the barbecue sauce is tangy. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2021
3/4 Mission: Impossible (1996) Peter Canavese A crazy, knowingly over-the-top, but entertaining action movie (25TH ANNIVERSARY Blu-ray review). EDIT
Posted May 29, 2021
2.5/4 P!nk: All I Know So Far (2021) Peter Canavese Exactly what you'd expect...sort of interesting to see this mega-star family balancing act, but strictly for Pink fans. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2021
3/4 Cruella (2021) Peter Canavese Clearly another brand extension product from Disney--the real draw here are the two leads. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2021
2.5/4 Army Of The Dead (2021) Peter Canavese A dumb, post-apocalyptic Las Vegas zombie heist genre movie that's tackled with verve. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2021
3/4 Supernova (2020) Peter Canavese A believable, convincingly acted and moving account of a same-sex relationship which deals in a mature manner with the heartbreak of dementia. (Blu-ray review). EDIT
Posted May 29, 2021
2/4 The Fast and the Furious (2001) Peter Canavese This 4K HD 25th Anniversary blu-ray steel box re-issue is more about the packaging than anything of an overblown, not-very-interesting movie. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2021
3/4 Justice Society: World War II (2021) Peter Canavese A wild, all-over-the-place, Nazi-punching adventure story that's great fun. (4K HD Blu-ray review). EDIT
Posted May 29, 2021
3/4 Dream Horse (2020) Peter Canavese Has the feel of an old Ealing comedy (or in the modern age 'The Full Monty')--small town stories with quirky characters banding together, but this is one of the better ones in that genre largely because of its cast. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
2.5/4 The Dry (2021) Peter Canavese Reasonably compelling and interesting enough, and does about as good a job as it can given this particular story with its multitude of plot threads and characters. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
3/4 Final Account (2020) Peter Canavese A solid documentary which benefits from its timing as a film which asks questions about how fascism is allowed to rise. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
2/4 Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Peter Canavese There are moments in the movie where you go 'oh this is interesting' but then five minutes later the movie's forgotten about that and uninterested in pursuing that thing about it that you found interesting. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2021
3/4 The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) Peter Canavese Successful, laser-focused domestic drama with a sustained tension and a nicely understated script and aesthetic. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2021
3/4 Drunk Bus (2020) Peter Canavese A great metaphorical premise in a charming comedy about a very specific moment in life. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2021
3.5/4 Nightmare Alley (1947) Peter Canavese One of the most striking films of the Noir Era in a great Special Edition Criterion Collection blu-ray release. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
3.5/4 Merrily We Go to Hell (1932) Peter Canavese Can you love an alcoholic who's tangling with this insidious disease? Typically substantial extras on this well-worth-checking-out blu-ray disc from The Criterion Collection. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
3.5/4 Riders of Justice (2020) Peter Canavese An examination of psychology, philosophy and a chaotic universe in a novelistic, cleverly constructed plot (that moves) with complicated and interesting characters...a tragicomedy that is equal parts entertaining and disturbing. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
3.5/4 The Djinn (2021) Peter Canavese A mostly real-time supernatural thriller with good scares, a good set-up and good narrative construction that works like gangbusters. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
2.5/4 Profile (2018) Peter Canavese Unusually informative for a thriller and there are interesting details here about ISIS recruitment, but subject matter is exploited for the sake of drama. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
3.5/4 Shrek (2001) Peter Canavese Classic fairy tale fantasy. (In some ways this 20th Anniversary Special Edition 4K HD blu-ray release sharpens the relatively early [2001] CGI animation highlighting the processes flaws). EDIT
Posted May 8, 2021
2.5/4 Shithouse (2020) Peter Canavese Shaggy, college-set, coming-of-age comedy/drama starring an interesting, unconventional lead. (Blu-ray highlight: Cooper Raiff's hour-long short film 'Madeline and Cooper'). EDIT
Posted May 8, 2021
2/4 The Marksman (2021) Peter Canavese A very Clint Eastwood sort of movie starring an excellent Liam Neeson who makes the whole thing watchable. (Universal blu-ray review). EDIT
Posted May 8, 2021
2.5/4 The Boy from Medellín (2020) Peter Canavese A bit of a mixed bag but on balance worth seeing. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2021
3/4 Undergods (2020) Peter Canavese Extremely distinctive, adventurous, moody, bleak, very dark and worth-all-the-effort dystopian tale that feels like a movie of the moment. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2021
3.5/4 The Human Factor (2019) Peter Canavese An interesting, wonky, thriller-style documentary about 30 years of U.S. foreign policy, specifically in the Middle East peace effort. Highly recommended for its global view and anecdotes from the U.S. negotiators and mediators who were in the room. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2021
1/4 Here Today (2021) Peter Canavese A big portion of 'Here Today' is sitcomedic which then whiplashes in to these overwrought, shout-y, weepy, mawkish passages of inept drama (and the stale and tired humor is not very funny either). EDIT
Posted May 7, 2021
3/4 About Endlessness (2019) Peter Canavese Roy Andersson's specific aesthetic on full display--an overcast blue-gray world of personal horrors, disappointing inanity and compromised beauty reminiscent of philosophical, art-cinema sketch comedy. Works better in context with his other movies. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
2.5/4 Four Good Days (2020) Peter Canavese Glenn Close and Mila Kunis are the reasons to see this almost good, not quite-all-the-way-there, overly familiar domestic drug addiction drama. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
3.5/4 Eat Wheaties! (2021) Peter Canavese A very unusual, out-of-left-field, quirky comedy with a great cast. A hidden gem. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
3/4 Tiny Tim: King for a Day (2020) Peter Canavese A celebratory documentary of an original artist who made this space for weirdness in popular culture. A wild ride, a shock and a gift that this movie exists. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
2/4 Mortal Kombat (2021) Peter Canavese While it does deliver what people expect of a 'Mortal Kombat' movie, this is just a darker, uglier variation on the 'super hero' movie or the 'super spy' movie except for its bizarro-world politics. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
3/4 Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Peter Canavese A fierce, feminist action movie -- a grind house, science fiction, horror, World War II movie hybrid -- and a wild ride. (Blu-ray Review) EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
2/4 Another Gay Movie (2006) Peter Canavese A day-glow, campy, subversive, gross-out sex comedy patterned on 'American Pie' where most of the humor falls flat. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
3/4 Together Together (2021) Peter Canavese An interesting enough hang-out movie with good dialogue, great work by the lead actors and a likable script. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
2/4 Monday (2020) Peter Canavese The appeal of this uneventful, wheel-spinning drama is to watch these actors who keep the film's life-like rhythms interesting enough in what is otherwise an essentially forgettable movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2021
2.5/4 Reefa (2021) Peter Canavese A solid social drama based on a true story about the problem with policing reminiscent of "Fruitvale Station'. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2021
3/4 Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Peter Canavese A fleet documentary about a fascinating, surreal and visually appealing place that you wish would be a little longer. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2021
2/4 Thunder Force (2021) Peter Canavese Suffers from largely the same problem that all of the Ben Falcone/Melissa McCarthy films do which is that they're too bland--and with comedy that's generally not the winning formula. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2021
3.5/4 Moffie (2019) Peter Canavese A compelling story about the savagery against what's misunderstood & feared, a movie which respects the intelligence of its audience & a film which can be favorably compared alongside movies like 'Beau travail', 'Moonlight' & 'Brokeback Mountain.' EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2021
3/4 The Man Who Sold His Skin (2020) Peter Canavese An interesting satire on the Art World and International Relations with a provocative premise, a tart sensibility and a well-acted ensemble. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2021