Reviews Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:01:24 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Fences (2016) [****] /reviews/5001 An American classic writ large. Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:30:00 GMT Peter Canavese Office Christmas Party (2016) [* 1/2] /reviews/5006 Well, why don’t you just tell me what you think Office Christmas Party is about, and I’ll tell you if you’re right. Uh huh. Uh huh. Uh huh. Yeah, you’ve got it.  Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:34:00 GMT Peter Canavese Don‘t Think Twice (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4945 Pinpoints a creative community that’s never been explored in a narrative film...its wistful, naturalistic presentation of a thirtysomething turning point…a forced maturation of sorts…rings true. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Miss Sloane (2016) [**] /reviews/5005 [Not] a truly thoughtful and credible treatment of the unpleasant realities of Washington lobbying...[but] a hothouse melodrama that teases an ice queen’s meltdown while actually doing the hustle. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Macbeth (1948) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/5004 The graphic intensity of Orson Welles‘ black-and-white 1948 film of Macbeth, then, isn‘t merely for show, but a carefully considered symbolist staging for screen, meant to complement the Bard‘s immortal poetry. Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:53:00 GMT Peter Canavese Nocturnal Animals (2016) [*** 1/2] /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. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:48:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hands of Stone (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4959 The film works as well as it does on the strength of its acting. De Niro is in fine, grounded form, and his verbal sparring with Ramírez, [et al]...elevates the film, the overlapping dialogue highly effective in infusing naturalistic energy. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Don‘t Breathe (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4960 Once Don’t Breathe detonates its big twist...some audience members will feel the film stops being fun while others will feel the fun has started in earnest. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Rules Don‘t Apply (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/5002 In his screenplay and performance as Hughes, Beatty offers a canny, sharply drawn, and highly personal take on the billionaire, with strong elements of lacerating self-parody.  Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:15:45 GMT Peter Canavese Moana (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/5000 When it’s cooking, Moana prepares tender, slip-off-the-bone meat on the tried-and-true bones of the Disney formula. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:24:00 GMT Peter Canavese Manchester by the Sea (2016) [*** 1/2] /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. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:00:32 GMT Peter Canavese Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) [** 1/2] /reviews/4998 I have heard the cash cow moo...the sort of movie many will feel obliged to like more than they actually want to clamor right back onto the ride. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:23:46 GMT Peter Canavese Loving (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4997 An easy realism and an intimate domestic perspective on events that became consequential to national history...replacing histrionics with a genuine curiosity about what it must have been like to live this story from the inside. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:12:44 GMT Peter Canavese Arrival (2016) [****] /reviews/4996 A science-fiction masterpiece that’s largely about our perceptions of time and our struggles to communicate...unexpectedly romantic and profound in its deeper concerns, by exploring the happy-sad nature of existence itself, of being born to die. Tue, 08 Nov 2016 23:49:26 GMT Peter Canavese The Eagle Huntress (2016) [**] /reviews/4995 As a documentary, it’s only marginally more credible than Nanook of the North. So have we really come a long way, baby? Tue, 08 Nov 2016 23:27:00 GMT Peter Canavese Morris from America (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /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. Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:34:00 GMT Peter Canavese Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4992 A gleeful exercise in nostalgia, a fun and family-friendly Batman story in its own right, and a running commentary on the character‘s flexible interpretation. Wed, 02 Nov 2016 18:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Doctor Strange (2016) [***] /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.  Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:30:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Handmaiden (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4991 A conspicuously crafty tale...Park’s erotic thriller...with its story that, not coincidentally, deals with fetishes…never feels lifelessly premeditated; rather, we realize, early and often, that we are in very sure hands. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:37:54 GMT Peter Canavese Preacher: Season One (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4977 As per a recurring Season One line, ‘We‘re just getting started.‘ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese