Theatrical Reviews Tue, 03 May 2016 07:32:07 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Captain America: Civil War (2016) [*** 1/2] /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... Thu, 12 May 2016 06:33:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Meddler (2015) [***] /reviews/4910 A delightfully humane comedy...doesn’t insist upon the meddling as a ‘premise‘ but as an important part of the film’s psychological reality. Mon, 02 May 2016 14:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Mother‘s Day (2016) [ 1/2] /reviews/4909 A movie so far up its own posterior that it includes the threatening exchange ‘They made a womb float for Mother’s Day?‘ ‘I can’t wait to see what they do for Father’s Day!‘ Well, I can. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:16:08 GMT Peter Canavese Dough (2015) [* 1/2] /reviews/4908 Tastes awfully stale...those with a high tolerance for ‘nice‘ movies will happily roll with this Dough. But know that it is proudly unsophisticated in its storytelling. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:48:00 GMT Peter Canavese Elvis & Nixon (2016) [***] /reviews/4907 A story of great power and great delusion, of the absurdities of politics and the strange effects and arguably undue reach of celebrity. These potentially heady themes are really beside the point of a movie that’s a hoot and knows it. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:12:34 GMT Peter Canavese The Jungle Book (2016) [***] /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... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:58:47 GMT Peter Canavese Miles Ahead (2015) [***] /reviews/4905 Not everyone will agree with how Cheadle answers the key questions, but only a fool would say his take lacks creativity, heart, energy, and a gutsy willingness to take risks (as Davis says in the film, ‘Be wrong strong‘). Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:45:00 GMT Peter Canavese Demolition (2015) [ 1/2] /reviews/4904 The hero of the new dramedy Demolition at one point muses, ‘For some reason, everything’s becoming a metaphor.‘ Boy, you can say that again. Wed, 06 Apr 2016 07:46:00 GMT Peter Canavese Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) [***] /reviews/4903 An arthouse Animal House. Tue, 05 Apr 2016 17:20:00 GMT Peter Canavese I Saw the Light (2015) [* 1/2] /reviews/4901 It’s all so dully realized that we grow starving for idiosyncratic detail, desperately latching on to Williams’ love of ketchup or his drunkenly being tickled pink by his new garage-door opener. Sat, 02 Apr 2016 17:57:25 GMT Peter Canavese Marguerite (2015) [*** 1/2] /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. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 17:57:14 GMT Peter Canavese Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4900 [SPOILER-FREE REVIEW:] This is not a drill, comic-book geeks. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 06:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) [* 1/2] /reviews/4897 For Zeus‘s warm and fuzzy and comforting (or not) as a Disney Channel show marketed more to parents than to their kids. Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Knight of Cups (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4896 For all its thrumming profundity...has just as much sleepwalking self-parody: all of the actors’ pacing and arm-flapping and gazing off into the distance suggests, as much as an art film, the world’s longest prescription drug commercial. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:43:23 GMT Peter Canavese Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4895 Unlikely as it may be, the relationship begins to seem as plausible to us as to the willfully optimistic Doris, which is a testament to the performers transcending the script’s default mode of condescension. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 06:36:27 GMT Peter Canavese 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) [*] /reviews/4894 Essentially the picture is one tease after another, misdirecting as fast as it can and amounting to the ‘Emperor’s New Clothes‘ vacuousness of mid-period M. Night Shyamalan. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:07:00 GMT Peter Canavese Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) [***] /reviews/4893 This feminist war a vanity project done right. Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:36:27 GMT Peter Canavese Embrace of the Serpent (2015) [***] /reviews/4890 Offers different angles on the Amazon, its people, and white interlopers...the subtle shift of focus from the white explorers to the native guide allows both a welcome political correctness and a depth of sadness that, for once, isn’t once removed. Fri, 04 Mar 2016 23:34:28 GMT Peter Canavese Zootopia (2016) [***] /reviews/4888 If Zootopia only reluctantly comes around to its crime-solving story, that’s understandable: the good stuff resides in the characterizations and the morality play around them, decrying fear of the other. Tue, 01 Mar 2016 15:18:00 GMT Peter Canavese Triple 9 (2016) [***] /reviews/4887 A dark crime drama the rough-and-tumble Samuel Fuller no doubt would have loved. Sat, 27 Feb 2016 02:29:41 GMT Peter Canavese