Reviews Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:54:24 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. A Man Called Ove (2015) [***] /reviews/4989 Though Holm’s film can be plenty sentimental and emotionally manipulative, it also manages to be about sentiment and emotional manipulations, and how those aren’t necessarily bad things. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:35:00 GMT Peter Canavese Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016) [ 1/2] /reviews/4988 Only in a well-populated movie theater can one truly appreciate the sound of silence when Gadot’s character boasts she could crack a walnut with her vagina. And that, my friends, is the funniest joke in the picture. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:24:28 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 The Accountant (2016) [*] /reviews/4986 The running-gag emotional expression of another of the film’s autistic characters pretty much sums it up: ‘Heavy sigh.‘ Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:50:18 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 The Girl on the Train (2016) [**] /reviews/4979 A mental-health exploitation picture.  Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:18:37 GMT Peter Canavese The Birth of a Nation (2016) [** 1/2] /reviews/4972 Unsettlingly, Parker’s historical film depicts a tragic uncivil war that bears comparison to our modern racial struggles, and while it’s history not to be forgotten, it’s also not to be mischaracterized. Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:16:20 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 Deepwater Horizon (2016) [***] /reviews/4976 Hammer[s] home what the news media didn’t much convey in 2010: the human-level horror of being on the rig and the sheer scope of the unnaturalness of the enterprise. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:56:43 GMT Peter Canavese Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) [ 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4932 The fact that Mike and Dave will inevitably turn into a rom com blunts its potential as a black comedy of comeuppance for the titular jerks. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:51:00 GMT Peter Canavese Queen of Katwe (2016) [***] /reviews/4975 A co-production of Disney and ESPN Films, Queen of Katwe unsurprisingly has a calculated quality to it...What’s thrilling is the story’s girl power, with Phiona described as an aggressive player of ‘astonishing power.‘ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:48:00 GMT Peter Canavese