Blu-Ray Video Reviews Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:49:58 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4956 An abundance of fun, with high-spirited action (including dazzling space battles and impressive lightsaber duels), dry wit, and dramatic contributions to the Star Wars mythology.  Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:40:00 GMT Peter Canavese Equals (2016) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4958 Too closely resembles the narcotic world it depicts. Without ever doing anything conspicuously wrong, Equals plays like one big miscalculation... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970) [*] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4955 I‘ll say this for Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. It‘s a film that takes a big roll of the dice. Is it wrenching? Is it wacky? Well, it‘s definitely weird. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:43:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete First Season (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4952 It‘s difficult to imagine how Ash vs Evil Dead could be any more fan-pleasing than it is...packed with all sorts of looney fun that conjures back up the “splatstick“ style Raimi and friends popularized. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Taste of Honey (1962) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4950 Pushed the culture-shock of kitchen-sink drama further with its female protagonist and depictions and discussions of interracial coupling, teen pregnancy, the possibility of abortion, and homosexuality. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:21:17 GMT Peter Canavese Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4949 Bergman‘s effortlessly poetic diary and letters provide more evidence, though patently unnecessary, of her artistic temperament, her lyrical view of experience. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:05:10 GMT Peter Canavese Once Upon a Time: The Complete Fifth Season (2011) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4946 It‘s comforting to know Once Upon a Time is there as an entertainment families can rally around, and one that will challenge them thematically as much as it panders by playing in the Disney sandbox. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Blacklist: The Complete Third Season (2013) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4943 Season Three of The Blacklist upped the show‘s game with slightly more adventurous writing that made the show a more consistent bet from week to week. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 20:51:00 GMT Peter Canavese Mother‘s Day (2016) [ 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /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. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:16:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Boss (2016) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4934 Needlessly starting out on such a false, bombastic note emblematizes the film‘s mistake of blowing up the character past what made her recognizable, and thereby funny, in the first place. Sat, 09 Jul 2016 21:28:00 GMT Peter Canavese My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /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, 21 Jun 2016 17:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Zootopia (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /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, 07 Jun 2016 14:18:00 GMT Peter Canavese Kill Your Friends (2015) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4924 As adapted by screenwriter John Niven from his own novel, Kill Your Friends has a decidedly been-there, killed-that feel to it. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 19:21:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hail, Caesar! (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4918 In a way, the amusing, preposterous Hail, Caesar!, for all its arch postmodernism, becomes what it pastiches, resembling the kind of ‘50s film we can now watch and admire for a kind of cultural reflection without exactly considering it a success. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 02:20:00 GMT Peter Canavese Triple 9 (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4887 A dark crime drama the rough-and-tumble Samuel Fuller no doubt would have loved. Wed, 01 Jun 2016 01:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Witch (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4914 Enjoy The Witch for what it is: a refreshingly baroque respite from the jump-scares that typify today‘s horror. Wed, 25 May 2016 18:41:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Finest Hours (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4874 One can easily understand why this story swiftly became Coast Guard legend...but its dim wall-of-grey visuals and narrative longueurs make much of the two hours a challenge to the attention span for viewers of any age. Tue, 24 May 2016 14:39:00 GMT Peter Canavese Where to Invade Next (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4882 Moore finds a galvanizing climax by rallying around the notion that idealism trumps, if you’ll pardon the word, defeatism. Tue, 10 May 2016 13:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese Son of Saul (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4869 One man’s last grasp at humanity amidst the dehumanizing horrors of Auschwitz...dramatizes those extraordinary circumstances under which even the meanings of life and death become foreign and in desperate need of rediscovery. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:02:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Lady in the Van (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4872 Though at times precious, Bennett’s sly script masks that deeply sentimental core with comic edge and a writer’s willful, mercenary remove. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:48:00 GMT Peter Canavese