Theatrical Reviews Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:47:36 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Serena (2015) [* 1/2] /reviews/4781 Winds up sawing logs...instead of locating hard truths of the human condition, Serena lumbers through the motions. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:54:02 GMT Peter Canavese Home (2015) [**] /reviews/4780 Another conspicuously packaged product seemingly designed to wear down an audience more than entertain it. While wee ones won‘t notice, they probably won‘t remember Home by the time the car ride gets them back to the real thing. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:48:54 GMT Peter Canavese Wild Tales (2015) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4779 Like Tarantino‘s films, Wild Tales will rub some the wrong way by taking glee in the violence that comes from our worst selves, but the catharses have a positive social function...there‘s no doubt Szifron intends cautionary Tales. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 01:50:04 GMT Peter Canavese ‘71 (2015) [***] /reviews/4778 Lean, mean...Director Yann Demange and screenwriter Gregory Burke (the prominent Scottish playwright of Black Watch) twist the knife by serving Gary with constant reminders of boyish innocence corrupted... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:04:49 GMT Peter Canavese Cinderella (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4777 A lavish, classy affair...But while long on beauty, Branagh‘s film falls short on whimsy...[and] the film‘s most affecting emotional moments...stand apart from the story‘s central conflict. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:52:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4775 Shows little strain in maintaining its cute factor, thanks to the drily winning personalities of the likes of Smith, Dench, Nighy, and the comic ebullience of Patel. Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:19:35 GMT Peter Canavese What We Do in the Shadows (2015) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4774 Taps a fresh vein of humor to transfuse the horrific and the mundane. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese McFarland, USA (2015) [**] /reviews/4773 What could be an inspirational teacher-student, coach-player story keeps playing the race card of simple non-whites not being able to see their own way to prosperity without a guiding white light, who in turn learns from their unsophisticated purity. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:18:00 GMT Peter Canavese The DUFF (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4772 Will...[strike a chord] with teen girls, if they can get past the casting of the healthy, but hardly plus-sized Whitman, as well as the changes made to sanitize the book... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:12:47 GMT Peter Canavese Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) [**] /reviews/4771 Absolutely ludicrous, dramatically clumsy, fifty shades of wrong, but...If audiences can cool their loins long enough, they may have a productive think about the nature of their desires... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:43:09 GMT Peter Canavese Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4770 Doubles down on glib ultraviolence while pressing buttons of class-consciousness and teasing out pop-culture allusions and self-aware witticisms. But this time, the postmodernism feels played out. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:28:00 GMT Peter Canavese Jupiter Ascending (2015) [**] /reviews/4769 To the extent we still demand rich characters and sensible plotting, the Wachowskis‘ latest is a few planets short of a galaxy. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 07:13:00 GMT Peter Canavese The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) [**] /reviews/4768 A nominal theme…complete with theme song…of teamwork. But really, Sponge Out of Water is about little more than fast food and ice cream, with the same promise of empty calories. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 07:06:38 GMT Peter Canavese Black or White (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4765 Sorting through prejudices and nuances of racial perception occasionally takes Black or White into intriguing territory...[more often] a rather mushily obvious, TV-movie-style courtroom drama built on straw-man arguments. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:36:52 GMT Peter Canavese Two Days, One Night (2014) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4764 Cotillard‘s heartbreakingly raw work carries the day, as she fleshes out both Sandra‘s suffering and emotional endurance on a journey of discovery that the latter, not the former, defines her. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:55:57 GMT Peter Canavese Still Alice (2014) [** 1/2] /reviews/4762 Still still hums with humanity in the person of Moore, whose towering performance shows a staggering technical proficiency while never losing a whit of emotional resonance. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:11:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Most Violent Year (2014) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4763 An unsettling examination of moral drift, over a year in the life of a man and a generation in the life of a country. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:10:00 GMT Peter Canavese American Sniper (2015) [**] /reviews/4761 Iraq warrior biopic American Sniper, about the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, affords Eastwood another opportunity to wrestle with the way of the gun, but one that gets mired in military hero worship. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:47:47 GMT Peter Canavese Mr. Turner (2014) [****] /reviews/4760 Revives an era in astonishing, delicate detail, then moves through the space with a documentarian‘s eye. Leigh takes Turner out of art history and puts him back in the world. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 18:41:00 GMT Peter Canavese Inherent Vice (2015) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4759 The plot is a sideshow to Inherent Vice‘s luxuriant atmosphere, cracked sense of humor, and idiosyncratic characterization. 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