DVD Video Reviews Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:49:08 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Don‘t Think Twice (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4945 Pinpoints a creative community that’s never been explored in a narrative film...its wistful, naturalistic presentation of a thirtysomething turning point…a forced maturation of sorts…rings true. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Macbeth (1948) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/5004 The graphic intensity of Orson Welles‘ black-and-white 1948 film of Macbeth, then, isn‘t merely for show, but a carefully considered symbolist staging for screen, meant to complement the Bard‘s immortal poetry. Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:53:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hands of Stone (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4959 The film works as well as it does on the strength of its acting. De Niro is in fine, grounded form, and his verbal sparring with Ramírez, [et al]...elevates the film, the overlapping dialogue highly effective in infusing naturalistic energy. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Don‘t Breathe (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4960 Once Don’t Breathe detonates its big twist...some audience members will feel the film stops being fun while others will feel the fun has started in earnest. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Morris from America (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4962 An amiable, gentle, light drama with coming-of-age and outsider elements...a movingly attentive Robinson has never been allowed to be this warm on screen. Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:34:00 GMT Peter Canavese Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4992 A gleeful exercise in nostalgia, a fun and family-friendly Batman story in its own right, and a running commentary on the character‘s flexible interpretation. Wed, 02 Nov 2016 18:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Preacher: Season One (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4977 As per a recurring Season One line, ‘We‘re just getting started.‘ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/3805 Lee brought a distinct elegance to the wuxia genre of mythic, lyrical martial arts pictures...a breathtaking visual and emotional experience for the viewer... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (1933) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4987 Universal‘s new three-disc The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Restored Blu-ray Edition offers the best chance yet on home video to appreciate the Brothers and their brand of anarchic, sometimes surreal comedy... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:13:00 GMT Peter Canavese Duck Soup (1933) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4984 For all its wild comic abandon, Duck Soup has darker implications than the usual Marx Brothers comedy and, as such, feels the most relevant and sharp in its satire. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Monkey Business (1931) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4982 Keeps plot at a minimum, anarchy at a maximum, which is a good place to be for the fearless foursome of 1930s screen comedy.  Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Animal Crackers (1930) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4981 More so than any of the other Paramount films, Animal Crackers is Groucho‘s picture. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 03:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Horse Feathers (1932) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4983 The opening ten minutes of Horse Feathers have more laughs than most comedy features muster in their entirety. And there‘s more where that came from... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 16:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Cocoanuts (1929) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4980 Sophisticated absurdity and sublime nonsense. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:20:00 GMT Peter Canavese Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4978 Deep reserves of humor and heart...a sophisticated comedy with an often blazingly fast pace to its dialogue, a quintessential Gary Cooper performance in the title role, and an especially tenacious leading lady in Jean Arthur. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:05:14 GMT Peter Canavese Angels & Demons (2009) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/3402 Try not to giggle when...Langdon is being called in for ‘[his] expertise, [his] erudition.‘ The guy from Bachelor Party? Just kidding, Tom, we love you…just not in this kind of pricy but conspicuously soulless crap. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 01:08:00 GMT Peter Canavese Boyhood (2014) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4707 Cinematic poetry...As that greatest of screen rarities…a potentially mainstream experimental film…the writer-director earns a bit of slack in gratitude for the strange and wonderful gift Boyhood is... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:09:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Da Vinci Code (2006) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/2567 Too measured to be lively, too skittish to be provocative, too dramatically slack to be more than a ploddingly literal book-on-film. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:18:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Infiltrator (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4935 A sturdy but uninspired crime docudrama that’s neither convincingly colloquial nor thrillingly stylish. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Patterns (1956) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4968 The main draw remains Serling, whose story seems every bit as relevant…indeed, more so…today. There is efficiency but also music in his theatrical language... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:40:00 GMT Peter Canavese