Reviews Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:56:39 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Queen of Katwe (2016) [***] /reviews/4975 A co-production of Disney and ESPN Films, Queen of Katwe unsurprisingly has a calculated quality to it...What’s thrilling is the story’s girl power, with Phiona described as an aggressive player of ‘astonishing power.‘ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:48:40 GMT Peter Canavese Blood Simple (1984) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4966 Simpleness and crime have consistently fascinated the pair, who may as well be praying at the temple of Atë...the Coens preach a healthy respect for the randomness and chaos that ensues from our desires. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:35:00 GMT Peter Canavese Beauty and the Beast (1991) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/3863 As far as ‘Classic Disney,‘ Beauty and the Beast pretty much has it all. Y‘know, for kids (of all ages). Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Storks (2016) [***] /reviews/4973 Samberg’s jittery-nerdy energy comes through, and Stoller applies a level of taste and restraint to the film’s use of source music and amusingly awkward pauses. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:22:13 GMT Peter Canavese The Dressmaker (2015) [***] /reviews/4974 Part slow-burn mother-daughter drama, part slow-burn suspense thriller, and part slow-burn romance, with a few twists for good measure as the town begins to come apart at the seams. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:13:51 GMT Peter Canavese Snowden (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4971 Born on the Fourth of July for millennials...Stone effectively streamlines Snowden’s story for mass consumption, edification, and identification. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:17:00 GMT Peter Canavese Captain America: Civil War (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4911 A direct sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier...a crazy-cool superhero team-up/smackdown movie to make Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice look like a tea party, and a franchise-launching introduction to the new Spider-Man... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:33:00 GMT Peter Canavese Bridget Jones‘s Baby (2016) [** 1/2] /reviews/4970 As artless as it can be…and as thuddingly predictable about the baby’s parentage and whom Bridget will end up with…even grumps will admit to scattered amusing bits...and the likeability of Zellweger and Firth. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Bigger Splash (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4969 The significant visual appeal and magnetic turns by the leading players make this four-hander a diverting dip into human nature: specifically, jealousy and the folly of opting for interiority over communication. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 20:39:00 GMT Peter Canavese Marguerite (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4902 Why is Marguerite so funny to us, and why is her public humiliation allowed to continue for so long? The answers plumb both the best and worst instincts of human nature, and give Giannoli’s film a strong heartbeat. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 17:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4965 The story, the effective acting, and the period-specific recreations of Kabuki would be enough for most films, but this one has Mizoguchi behind the camera, applying his rigorous formalism. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:17:27 GMT Peter Canavese Sully (2016) [**] /reviews/4967 The so-called ‘untold story‘ is essentially nonsense...The struggle is real for screenwriter Todd Komarnicki... Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:44:44 GMT Peter Canavese Night Train to Munich (1940) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4964 Double-crosses and disguises, captures and escapes make up the momentum of Reed‘s nicely pacy adventure. Mon, 05 Sep 2016 16:31:59 GMT Peter Canavese The Night Manager (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4963 A story that succeeds in the telling: in the work of Hiddleston, Laurie, and Colman and the steady hand of their director: notable feature-film helmer Susanne Bier. Fri, 02 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT Peter Canavese Now You See Me 2 (2016) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4926 Not only can the center not hold, but there is no center to begin with...The story mostly speeds along at an obnoxious rate and pitch, the better to misdirect from the next dumb abracadabra plot twist, but good luck hanging in for over two hours of it. Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:56:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Immortal Story (1968) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4951 A dreamy fable of just-so proportion and asethetics...this literate and richly strange film has layers of meaning available to the viewer. Thu, 01 Sep 2016 21:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Morris from America (2016) [***] /reviews/4962 An amiable, gentle, light drama with coming-of-age and outsider elements...a movingly attentive Robinson has never been allowed to be this warm on screen. Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:34:02 GMT Peter Canavese The Light Between Oceans (2016) [***] /reviews/4961 Cianfrance makes intimate, psychologically penetrating films, with quiet spaces and moments of brutal intensity...As unlikely as the story is, Cianfrance deftly steers the material through elemental themes... Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:23:29 GMT Peter Canavese Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4956 An abundance of fun, with high-spirited action (including dazzling space battles and impressive lightsaber duels), dry wit, and dramatic contributions to the Star Wars mythology.  Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:40:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Jungle Book (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4906 Favreau and Marks have obviously put some thought into the film’s visual approach and the messages...: the animal kingdom’s unexpected threats and opportunities...the work Mowgli puts in to come of age...his casual kindheartedness... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese