Latest Film Reviews
Casino Jack (2010)
A mixture of light satire, light tragedy, political thriller, and domestic drama: a
of all trades, master of none.
Every Day (2011)
There's something oddly remote about
, which plays like a double-wide version of a perfectly acceptable Showtime pilot.
The Fighter (2010)
Doggedly obvious melodrama...But what makes the clichés palatable is a communal commitment to getting the story right.
Rain Man (1988)
There's something indelible about
, and not only to those of us who lived through the time when it was a zeitgeist movie.
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Took the world by storm with its strategy of sexual frankness and a towering performance by Marlon Brando.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)
A quickie sequel to a film released only last year,
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
surprisingly improves on its predecessor.
Wears its off-balance as a badge of pride.
The Man From Nowhere (2010)
Seen in a forgiving light, it's a perfectly acceptable way to scratch your action-movie itch, but anyone feeling such a tingle will also have to concede that
The Man From Nowhere
never met a cliché it didn't embrace.
The Music Never Stopped (2011)
Skews to fantasy over fact, but when it blinks at you with those puppy-dog eyes, just see if you don't sniffle.
Colin & Brad: Two Man Group (2011)
Mochrie's skill at mime is nearly matched by his encyclopedic, happily groan-inducing punnery, while Sherwood has a penchant for zingers and a well-honed sense of the absurd.
Four Lions (2010)
Audacious...As much in the Ealing tradition as the
posits terrorists on a spectrum of dimwitted to moronic when it comes to the understanding of their cause and its effect.
It would be easy to be cynical about
, the Walt Disney-produced film that launched a thousand anthropomorphic animal movies. But its pre-ironic simplicity has, in many ways, only improved with age.
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
As interpreted by first-time director George Nolfi (screenwriter of
The Bourne Ultimatum
), Dick's story transforms into an endearingly silly allegory of the mysterious interaction of free will and fate.
I suspect the young'uns will...take a shine to the hero of
: a chameleon that's part Kermit the Frog, part street-corner kook (and all Johnny Depp, who supplies the often hilarious voice).
127 Hours (2010)
Like Ralston, Boyle is an adrenaline junkie, and the film's opening moments establish the searching energy of filmmaker and subject.
Even the Rain (2011)
Though obvious, Bollaín's morality tale dramatizes vital issues facing the global economy, forcing the audience to experience them on a human level.
Au revoir, les enfants (1987)
As ever, Malle's sensitivity is supreme and his delicate style evocative.
Made in Dagenham (2010)
While the story of these striking seat-cover seamstresses is well worth telling (and sadly still relevant, given the need for last year’s Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act), screenwriter William Ivory and director Nigel Cole...do not tell it well.
The Tourist (2010)
Venice is pretty alright, but like its namesake (or, for that matter, like a kidney stone),
is just passing through.
The promise of extraordinary brain power isn't fulfilled.
The Tillman Story (2010)
It's no mistake that the film's (anti-)resolving image is a statue of Tillman, frozen in time as a heroic but Sphynx-like riddle.
Writer Paddy Chayevsky's prescient 1976 satire of lies, injustice and the American way...has lost none of its sting.
Still Walking (2009)
Taking place over little more than a day in the life of a family, Kore-eda's film locates the profound in the mundane.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
Allen has here an interesting idea-that placebos may 'work better' than medicine-to noodle over and ultimately reject; it's just a shame he doesn't entertain us more in the process.
Nolan built a better mousetrap of a neo-noir, using the tricky gimmick of a complex, purposefully disorienting narrative.
All About Eve (1950)
Mankiewicz's inside knowledge of show business and its particular personality types gives the film an authenticity and allows for its famously devastating acid wit.
An Affair to Remember (1957)
'Weepies' may not be high art, but for those who love them,
An Affair to Remember
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Say what you will about
Thelma & Louise
(many have), but there's no doubt that it was a
picture with a potent cultural impact.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Costner went for broke with his large-scale, Panavision epic...
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol (2010)
specials and finales are obliged to pull out the stops, and 'A Christmas Carol' doesn't disappoint in this regard.
You Again (2010)
Like staring at whorehouse wallpaper: it's sort of interesting, but you have a strong feeling you might be wasting your time.
The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
A film that washes over the viewer and invites meditative contemplation about our awareness while swimming the big river of consciousness.
Raging Bull (1980)
A touchstone for cinematographic greatness and the possibilities of screen acting, as well as an "instant classic" of the boxing-movie genre.
A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (2010)
Most will find
all wet—limp, if you will—in Yimou's apparent choice to remake
in the style of
Nowhere Boy (2010)
As a broad-strokes account of Lennon’s complicated family dynamic, trouble-making youth, and first tentative steps toward rock stardom...succeeds as both entertainment and a rumination on the roots of one man’s nascent artistry.
's tossed-off quality keeps it from greatness, but it also distinguishes Edwards' film from the great mass of contemporary comedies smoothed to a shiny, edgeless formula.
You've Got Mail (1998)
The well-honed dramedic performances by endearingly mock-cranky Hanks and quirky, cryin' Ryan add just enough weight to what might otherwise float away...
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
I'm not sure there's anyone alive that believes the 1951 film lives up to Lewis Carroll's deathless 1865 novel
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
, but the animated feature remains a perfectly decent slice of kid-friendly surrealism...
The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010)
Tati’s masterful mime easily inspires an animated treatment, recapturing his graceful comic body language and 'no subtitles required' international appeal.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Say this for
Never Let Me Go
, the new film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's celebrated novel: you haven't seen anything like it at the movies this year.
All site content © 2000-2015 Peter Canavese.
Page generated at 07/27/2015 02:04:31PM.