Theatrical Reviews Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:50:47 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. The Good Dinosaur (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4857 Sweet in that canned-with-heavy-syrup way: kids will dig it, but it’s not exactly a delicacy. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:24:23 GMT Peter Canavese Creed (2015) [***] /reviews/4856 Questionable as a film (sparring with formula), good as a movie, and brilliant as a franchise-extender. It’s shameless, near-surgically effective cross-generational corn for guys. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:52:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Hunger Games: Mockingjay…Part 2 (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4855 If the franchise continues to feel a bit dull…heavy on the drama and light on the excitement, with pageantry long in the rear-view…there’s a respectable purity in the films’ political cynicism and populist fervor. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:21:00 GMT Peter Canavese Brooklyn (2015) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4854 Even if you don’t like the film…though it’s a fair bet you will…it will prime you for a spirited discussion about the choices of its hero...who strives to sort out her best judgement from her impulses, her hope from her naivete... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:54:00 GMT Peter Canavese The 33 (2015) [**] /reviews/4853 There’s too much stilted acting here and too little psychological insight to render an interesting, or even credibly true, story of humanity in crisis. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:12:47 GMT Peter Canavese Spotlight (2015) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4852 Smart and stinging, Spotlight excels not only in depicting the stonewalling around the scandal but also the double-talk conversations from within and without the Globe that don’t say…but don’t not say…‘Don’t go there Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:10:00 GMT Peter Canavese Spectre (2015) [***] /reviews/4851 The Craig Bonds...continue...questioning the dark and destructive psychology of this masculine icon, this preternaturally skilled but insanely reckless secret agent…his greatest secrets being his own hurt and loss and loneliness. Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:40:00 GMT Peter Canavese Suffragette (2015) [***] /reviews/4850 Revives history we could all stand to know better, and proves most useful in clarifying both what was at stake and the rules of the game... Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:27:50 GMT Peter Canavese The Play (2015) [***] /reviews/4849 “The play”…since commemorated in merch aplenty, a Super Bowl ad, countless sports-TV retrospectives, and its own Wikipedia page…still makes great drama. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 02:38:01 GMT Peter Canavese Truth (2015) [***] /reviews/4846 Though the [film]...cannot pretend to be free of its own leanings, Vanderbilt allows a reading of Mapes’ tragic errors amidst its melancholy diagnosing of TV-news’ slow, painful death march from the public trust into modern corporate product. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 21:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Room (2015) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4845 For two hours, Larson and Tremblay make their struggles our struggles, Ma and Jack’s perceptions challenging our own...the most potent pairing on screen this year. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 19:24:40 GMT Peter Canavese The Assassin (2015) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4844 A Hou film and, therefore an aesthete‘s delight...The Assassin breathes more than it talks, patiently taking in its landscapes and its silk-curtained interiors. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:58:11 GMT Peter Canavese Steve Jobs (2015) [**] /reviews/4842 In attempting to “pull back the curtain” on a man, reveals behind its own theatrical curtain nothing much worth paying attention to... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 16:38:00 GMT Peter Canavese Freeheld (2015) [**] /reviews/4841 No movie can fully suppress the talents of Moore, Page, and Shannon, but in Ron Nyswaner’s script, every theme gets put in a character’s mouth, and every plot point gets telegraphed, mailed, emailed, and texted ahead of its arrival. Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:47:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Martian (2015) [***] /reviews/4840 Perhaps the purest ode to science mainstream cinema has ever produced, a love letter to NASA and STEM education. Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:54:00 GMT Peter Canavese Sleeping with Other People (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4839 Effectively has it both ways, with its dark neuroses and naughty humor giving way to a sweet consideration of the rarity of unconditional love. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:26:00 GMT Peter Canavese Pawn Sacrifice (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4838 Maguire isn’t obvious casting, but he convincingly owns the role...The actor pairs an oft-fevered, disheveled aspect with the fierce impatience and unwillingness to suffer fools that attend genius. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:37:45 GMT Peter Canavese The Intern (2015) [**] /reviews/4837 A popular entertainment with two movie stars in likeable mode, a sunny Hollywood sheen, and a novel premise. And yet there’s something vaguely unsettling about how Myers’ mildly amusing comedy gets tangled up in political (in)correctness. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Black Mass (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4836 Stars Depp in a performance generating awards talk, makes a complicated story coherent without dumbing it down (much), lets a bunch of strong actors do their things, and yet inspires little more than adjectives like ‘efficient‘ and ‘workmanlike.‘ Wed, 16 Sep 2015 18:18:47 GMT Peter Canavese Time Out of Mind (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4835 Though it’s hit and miss for audiences trying to forget Gere’s screen history, Moverman ably serves a slice of homeless life, dramatizing a problem we’ve contended with further back than we can remember. Tue, 08 Sep 2015 21:11:11 GMT Peter Canavese