GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://new.grouchoreviews.com/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:58:48 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5048 /reviews/5048 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese 20th Century Women (2016) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5023 /reviews/5023 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Boss Baby (2017) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5049 /reviews/5049 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Last Word (2017) [**] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5047 /reviews/5047 A serious case of the cutes...Pellington knows his movie is more or less bad, but Shirley there’s an audience for it. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Personal Shopper (2016) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5046 /reviews/5046 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Sing (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5045 /reviews/5045 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... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Beauty and the Beast (2017) [**] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5043 /reviews/5043 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Being 17 (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5044 /reviews/5044 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Moana (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5000 /reviews/5000 When it’s cooking, Moana prepares tender, slip-off-the-bone meat on the tried-and-true bones of the Disney formula. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Kong: Skull Island (2017) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5042 /reviews/5042 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese 45 Years (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4877 /reviews/4877 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Moonlight (2016) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5040 /reviews/5040 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Cameraperson (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5037 /reviews/5037 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Get Out (2017) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5041 /reviews/5041 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5038 /reviews/5038 It‘s easy enough to appreciate The Tree of Wooden Clogs 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Nocturnal Animals (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5003 /reviews/5003 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Manchester by the Sea (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4999 /reviews/4999 In its broad strokes, Manchester by the Sea doesn’t explore anything new...[but Lonergan] is the master of telling behavior and conversational nuance. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Doctor Strange (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4993 /reviews/4993 Doctor Strange looks at urban architecture through a twisting digital kaleidoscope, next-stepping from Inception to an M.C. Escher-esque action aesthetic that amounts to three-dimensional chess.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Logan (2017) [***] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5039 /reviews/5039 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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese by Sidney Lumet (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5034 /reviews/5034 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... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese