Theatrical Reviews Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:38:46 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. A Man Called Ove (2015) [***] /reviews/4989 Though Holm’s film can be plenty sentimental and emotionally manipulative, it also manages to be about sentiment and emotional manipulations, and how those aren’t necessarily bad things. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:35:00 GMT Peter Canavese Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016) [ 1/2] /reviews/4988 Only in a well-populated movie theater can one truly appreciate the sound of silence when Gadot’s character boasts she could crack a walnut with her vagina. And that, my friends, is the funniest joke in the picture. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:24:28 GMT Peter Canavese The Accountant (2016) [*] /reviews/4986 The running-gag emotional expression of another of the film’s autistic characters pretty much sums it up: ‘Heavy sigh.‘ Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:50:18 GMT Peter Canavese The Girl on the Train (2016) [**] /reviews/4979 A mental-health exploitation picture.  Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:18:37 GMT Peter Canavese The Birth of a Nation (2016) [** 1/2] /reviews/4972 Unsettlingly, Parker’s historical film depicts a tragic uncivil war that bears comparison to our modern racial struggles, and while it’s history not to be forgotten, it’s also not to be mischaracterized. Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:16:20 GMT Peter Canavese Deepwater Horizon (2016) [***] /reviews/4976 Hammer[s] home what the news media didn’t much convey in 2010: the human-level horror of being on the rig and the sheer scope of the unnaturalness of the enterprise. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:56:43 GMT Peter Canavese 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 15:48:00 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 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 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 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 Don‘t Breathe (2016) [** 1/2] /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. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hands of Stone (2016) [** 1/2] /reviews/4959 The film works as well as it does on the strength of its acting. DeNiro 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. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:50:12 GMT Peter Canavese Hell or High Water (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4954 Old-school bank robbery meets the new economy…and the New West…in Hell or High Water, a lean tale of cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, and customers and bankers. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:07:06 GMT Peter Canavese War Dogs (2016) [** 1/2] /reviews/4953 Captures something of runaway modern greed, played out as a bro movie from bro stars and a bro filmmaker...[but] might have been a fresh classic of political satire instead of a crime comedy that plays as sub-Scorsesean riff. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:56:06 GMT Peter Canavese Anthropoid (2016) [***] /reviews/4948 While Anthropoid tends to the sober and dour, it also breaks into the brutal, the intense, and the emotionally devastating, all the right ‘moves‘ for a war story of moral heft compromised by Pyrrhic victory. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) [***] /reviews/4947 A legitimately fascinating central character...Not surprisingly, Streep expertly shades every eccentricity, embodying Jenkins in her musical waywardness... Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:30:00 GMT Peter Canavese