Theatrical Reviews Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:18:55 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Fences (2016) [****] /reviews/5001 An American classic writ large. Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:30:00 GMT Peter Canavese Office Christmas Party (2016) [* 1/2] /reviews/5006 Well, why don’t you just tell me what you think Office Christmas Party is about, and I’ll tell you if you’re right. Uh huh. Uh huh. Uh huh. Yeah, you’ve got it.  Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:34:00 GMT Peter Canavese Miss Sloane (2016) [**] /reviews/5005 [Not] a truly thoughtful and credible treatment of the unpleasant realities of Washington lobbying...[but] a hothouse melodrama that teases an ice queen’s meltdown while actually doing the hustle. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Nocturnal Animals (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/5003 A moody and deeply unsettling look at a pair of failed relationships, regrets and recriminations, and measures of emotional violence…oh, shall we call it ‘lashing out‘?…symbolized in physical violence. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:48:00 GMT Peter Canavese Rules Don‘t Apply (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/5002 In his screenplay and performance as Hughes, Beatty offers a canny, sharply drawn, and highly personal take on the billionaire, with strong elements of lacerating self-parody.  Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:15:45 GMT Peter Canavese Moana (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/5000 When it’s cooking, Moana prepares tender, slip-off-the-bone meat on the tried-and-true bones of the Disney formula. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:24:00 GMT Peter Canavese Manchester by the Sea (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4999 In its broad strokes, Manchester by the Sea doesn’t explore anything new...[but Lonergan] is the master of telling behavior and conversational nuance. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:00:32 GMT Peter Canavese Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) [** 1/2] /reviews/4998 I have heard the cash cow moo...the sort of movie many will feel obliged to like more than they actually want to clamor right back onto the ride. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:23:46 GMT Peter Canavese Loving (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4997 An easy realism and an intimate domestic perspective on events that became consequential to national history...replacing histrionics with a genuine curiosity about what it must have been like to live this story from the inside. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:12:44 GMT Peter Canavese Arrival (2016) [****] /reviews/4996 A science-fiction masterpiece that’s largely about our perceptions of time and our struggles to communicate...unexpectedly romantic and profound in its deeper concerns, by exploring the happy-sad nature of existence itself, of being born to die. Tue, 08 Nov 2016 23:49:26 GMT Peter Canavese The Eagle Huntress (2016) [**] /reviews/4995 As a documentary, it’s only marginally more credible than Nanook of the North. So have we really come a long way, baby? Tue, 08 Nov 2016 23:27:00 GMT Peter Canavese Doctor Strange (2016) [***] /reviews/4993 Doctor Strange looks at urban architecture through a twisting digital kaleidoscope, next-stepping from Inception to an M.C. Escher-esque action aesthetic that amounts to three-dimensional chess.  Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:30:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Handmaiden (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4991 A conspicuously crafty tale...Park’s erotic thriller...with its story that, not coincidentally, deals with fetishes…never feels lifelessly premeditated; rather, we realize, early and often, that we are in very sure hands. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:37:54 GMT Peter Canavese Certain Women (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4990 Reichardt in no way pushes her material, instead giving the viewer the space to live in this space with the characters, observe them and listen to them, and then draw one’s own conclusions about thematic import. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:56:44 GMT Peter Canavese 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 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 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 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