Theatrical Reviews Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:27:49 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) [** 1/2] /reviews/4751 Narratively bereft...thematically redundant...[but] fans of the series and fanboy grumblers may have to agree that The Battle of the Five Armies is often entertaining. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:10:51 GMT Peter Canavese The Imitation Game (2014) [***] /reviews/4750 Serviceably dramatizes an important historical story while giving rising star Cumberbatch suitably juicy material. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:58:27 GMT Peter Canavese Top Five (2014) [** 1/2] /reviews/4749 Were Top Five more deeply felt and less by-the-numbers, Rock might have avoided the impression of a long-winded, self-massaging fantasy about reclaiming authenticity... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 04:04:13 GMT Peter Canavese Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) [** 1/2] /reviews/4748 A biblical epic in 2014 is a strange beast indeed, walking a fine line in the hopes of pleasing both the faithful...and those audiences more accustomed to secular myths. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wild (2014) [***] /reviews/4747 A satisfying excursion, a secular but spiritual journey of self-discovery. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:49:17 GMT Peter Canavese Foxcatcher (2014) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4746 Quietly but firmly interprets the disturbing story of millionaire John du Pont through bifocal lenses of American dreaming and the sexual fantasies made accessible by wealth. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Penguins of Madagascar (2014) [**] /reviews/4745 Will probably divert kids with ease, given its manic exertion and pace...[but] we find out the hard way that these waddlers are better in small doses. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:38:32 GMT Peter Canavese The Hunger Games: Mockingjay…Part 1 (2014) [** 1/2] /reviews/4744 We‘re meant to feel the weight of Katniss‘ situation, and we do, but the picture can also fairly be called leaden... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:46:12 GMT Peter Canavese The Theory of Everything (2014) [**] /reviews/4743 With its equation tantalizingly out of reach, winds up being by the numbers. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:40:00 GMT Peter Canavese Rosewater (2014) [***] /reviews/4742 Above all, and not surprisingly, media icon Stewart shows his deep belief in the almost holy power of media to bolster political change, and he‘s not wrong. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:36:04 GMT Peter Canavese Laggies (2014) [***] /reviews/4741 While the borderline silly material could easily have sunk like a lead balloon, Shelton and her actors sprinkle enough pixie dust to make Laggies fly. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:28:33 GMT Peter Canavese Interstellar (2014) [** 1/2] /reviews/4740 Love is what‘s really between the stars, y‘all. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:18:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Notebook (2014) [**] /reviews/4739 Are you a nihilist? Trouble finding a way to bring satisfaction to a Friday night in the void of meaningless suffering that is your universe? Well, do I have the movie for you. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:12:57 GMT Peter Canavese The Boxtrolls (2014) [***] /reviews/4738 The stealth allegory of the insidious nature of gossip as a tool of domination, and the scathing class satire of misbegotten and socially unjust personal goals, carry a productive sting that should leave kids smarting but a bit wiser... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:01:00 GMT Peter Canavese Dear White People (2014) [***] /reviews/4735 This intelligent, funny, articulately hyper-verbal campus comedy-drama...serves up tart satire... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:52:00 GMT Peter Canavese Birdman (2014) [***] /reviews/4737 The crackpot Birdman on some level tells a relatable story of one person‘s attempt to get, for once, something right, while functioning as a useful cultural critique of the disconcerting inextricability of commerce from art on stages and screens. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:28:00 GMT Peter Canavese Citizenfour (2014) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4736 A film every single American and, indeed, every world citizen should see and contemplate. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:22:38 GMT Peter Canavese Whiplash (2014) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4734 An indie‘s the career-best performances by Simmons and Teller...that make Whiplash unforgettable. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:18:08 GMT Peter Canavese Fury (2014) [***] /reviews/4733 A throwback combat movie that offers tanks for the memories, along with vivid performances. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:18:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Judge (2014) [** 1/2] /reviews/4732 Runs on clichés and ultimately earns more credit for what it doesn’t do...than for what it does. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:41:00 GMT Peter Canavese