Theatrical Reviews Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:02:42 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 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 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 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 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 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 The End of the Tour (2015) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4823 Its prismatic philosophical and cultural observation...offers plenty of angles on the true value of the subjective fictions and supposedly objective non-fictions some create and others consume. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:02:13 GMT Peter Canavese The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4822 Honors the original characters just fine, but the leads are lukewarm...the [action] mostly unmemorable ...and the split-the-difference jokey-serious tone errs...on the side of fashion-conscious and smug. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ricki and the Flash (2015) [**] /reviews/4821 That special brand of La Streep mugging…here applied to the character of a hot-mess bar-band deadbeat mom…will wear you into submission until nothing else seems to matter. Except that it should. Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:22:18 GMT Peter Canavese Best of Enemies (2015) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4820 Like the debates it concerns, Best of Enemies entertains to a degree, enlightens to another, and asks us to ponder the relative merits of polar political ideologies and two complicated men who very publicly represented them. Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:08:00 GMT Peter Canavese Mission: Impossible…Rogue Nation (2015) [** 1/2] /reviews/4819 McQuarrie doesn‘t make it easy to invest in the characters here, but paradoxically he does know how to make us grip our armrests as they face danger, and thus the mission is accomplished once more. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:49:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) [***] /reviews/4818 Zimbardo insists he’s ‘trying to understand how an institution affects an individual’s behavior.‘ Alvarez’s own dark study, empowered by potent acting, allows the audience to contemplate the many variations on that psychological dynamic. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:17:41 GMT Peter Canavese Pixels (2015) [* 1/2] /reviews/4817 Resembles its own remarks about predictable patterns in the circuitry of arcade games: here is a series of crass caricatures, obvious setups and payoffs (not to mention a woman problem...), further suffocated by overweening commercialism... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:30:30 GMT Peter Canavese