Reviews Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:02:41 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. 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 Cinderella (2015) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /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. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:52:00 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 Moonrise Kingdom (2012) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4346 Moonrise Kingdom’s heartfelt search and rescue of a feel-good result provides a perfect, even musical counterpoint to its regimented summer camp. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 23:42:00 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 Love & Mercy (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4802 Honorable...deeply moving...takes a considered approach to Wilson, sound in dramatic and editorial construction and insightful in its psychological subtexts. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:14:00 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 Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4834 For those who don’t yet know of Jobs’ dark side, Gibney’s documentary will be a useful eye-opener, but those looking to understand what made Jobs great in almost equal proportion to his nastiness will remain in the dark. Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:52:59 GMT Peter Canavese Two Days, One Night (2014) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /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. Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:55:00 GMT Peter Canavese Gotham: The Complete First Season (2014) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4833 At times suffers from dull, dunderheaded, or dead-end plotlines [but]...There‘s enough here to keep hope alive that Gotham could grow into more of a weekly treat than a fanboy obligation. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:41:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Walk in the Woods (2015) [**] /reviews/4832 A broad comic tone...The few funny bits and sharp lines amount to fool’s gold scattered around a claim that never satisfactorily pays off. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:50:17 GMT Peter Canavese Grandma (2015) [***] /reviews/4831 Tailor-made for the great Lily Tomlin...Yeah, the circumstances are contrived, but easy enough to accept as long as they’re forcing interesting dynamics into seriocomic confrontation. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:11:00 GMT Peter Canavese We Are Your Friends (2015) [*] /reviews/4830 Does not miss its chance to blow...Every bit a screenwriter’s idea of what it takes to make it...while accidentally cultivating the pervading sense that real DJs would laugh their asses off at this movie and its endless dopey brodowns. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:32:00 GMT Peter Canavese American Ultra (2015) [**] /reviews/4829 At times pokes fun at the genre‘s cliché in amusingly productive ways...More often than not, though, this conspiracy isn‘t the real deal, but rather an elaborate distraction. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:45:37 GMT Peter Canavese The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4828 [Not] played for cynical misanthropic laughs or as miserable tragedy, but...[in] an honest treatment devoid of the usual rush to judgment. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:21:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Blacklist: The Complete Second Season (2013) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4827 A week-in, weak-out study in same-y procedural storytelling and mythology stalling that‘s powered by the usual salacious crime exploitation and the unusual lead performance of James Spader. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:50:44 GMT Peter Canavese Mistress America (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4826 Like Brooke, the film flies a strange and arresting course: if not quite a screwball, then certainly a change-up pitch. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:49:40 GMT Peter Canavese Citizenfour (2014) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4736 A film every single American and, indeed, every world citizen should see and contemplate. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:22:00 GMT Peter Canavese