Latest Film Reviews
High Crimes (2002)
Despite my aversion to derivative, lazy, and improbable thrillers, I'd be lying if I said
had no pulp entertainment value.
At least 10% more exciting than correction fluid.
One senses Acker stretching his eleven-minute short rather than containing bigger ideas and characters who have taken on lives of their own:
too clearly puts style over substance.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Ninth Season (2009)
Mind-bogglingly well-produced, each hour the equivalent of a mini-movie.
Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season (2009)
Say what you will about the highly entertaining
, but you cannot deny it traffics in the highest stakes on television.
The Office: Season Five (2009)
has the funniest ensemble of any sitcom on the air...
Lie to Me: Season One (2009)
In casting the great Tim Roth as psychologist Dr. Cal Lightman,
Lie to Me
won the added value of a weekly master class in acting.
Heroes: Season 3 (2009)
still has some way to go in restoring the cohesion of its initial run, but Fuller has helped the show to prove it's capable of hitting a stride and mining fresh stories that deepen the mythology...
Taking Woodstock (2009)
On balance...like Teichberg—takes after its immigrant American father, evincing a quiet humility in offering its rambling 'little perspective' of an emblematic happening that was almost everything it was cracked up to be.
It Might Get Loud (2009)
[A] sideways glance at the electric guitar by way of profiling three generations of guitarists: Jack White of The White Stripes, the Edge of U2, and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
An amusing, cynical black comedy about our national addiction to tragedy, and our commoditization of grief...
Montiel and his collaborators can pat themselves on the back for elevating empty material just a bit, but this is disposable cinema, designed to hit and run after an opening weekend.
showcases a lovely performance by Soto, a match for the modest, low-key filmmaking style of Boden and Fleck...
The film's greatest pleasure is in the snappy dialogue Gilroy crafts for the capable duo of Roberts and Owen...
Sons of Anarchy: Season One (2008)
Despite having something of the flavor of TV's most testosterone-laden shows,
Sons of Anarchy
is its own distinctive beast and another worthy entry in the stakes of addictive serialized TV.
State of Play (2009)
Macdonald shifts the emphasis to highlight a moment when declining readership and corporate bottom lines threaten the tradition of print journalism.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
A whole lot of movie, but it’s also technically mature filmmaking to a thematically juvenile end.
Lorna's Silence (2009)
The Dardenne brothers have seemed infallible, but their signature style begins to show strain in
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
A modest but bubbly comedy of manners.
Sunshine Cleaning (2009)
The sort of movie you root for, hoping it’ll break through to be something special. It never quite does, but it still has the not-insignificant value of two fine actresses cast as sisters.
Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season (2009)
has morphed into something awfully close to
The New Adventures of Lois and Clark
, it continues to be an entertaining and occasionally poignant pastime for
The heart of
lies in the emotional microcosm of the amusement park, a place that delivers its share of laughs and lust but turns out to be not all fun and games.
Dexter: The Third Season (2009)
More diabolical than ever.
Cutthroat Island (1995)
Hey, are you looking for an exciting movie about pirates of the, well, um, Caribbean?
The Ninth Gate (1999)
Sorely underrated...wisely counter-cultural to Hollywood's idea of what a supernatural thriller should be.
An admirable dramatic investigation into life with Asperger's and a story with the intelligence not to insult ours.
Utterly unconventional and strikingly unique; it begs not to be watched in the same manner as a conventional narrative film. Like a great painting, it is meant to be savored, pored over, observed from different angles and revisited in time.
Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)
The way this movie ends is so wrong that it doesn't deserve a pass as frothy entertainment. Why? Because it's actively sending a bad message to kids.
The Last Starfighter (1984)
Charmingly hokey...takes the suburban-working-class-folks-meet-space-aliens paradigm of early Spielberg and marries it to Lucas'
The Last House on the Left (2009)
Those viewers trapped in the film's nihilism and hoping for more can amuse themselves by looking at the film as an Aristotelian tragedy—take that,
Friday the 13th
17 Again (2009)
It’s a strange movie indeed that is all about a 37-year-old heterosexual male and yet isn’t likely to appeal to any 37-year-old heterosexual males.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Very nearly everything that's wrong with Hollywood, but darn if it won't give an action-hungry audience its money's worth. It's ridiculous, it's stoopid, and it puts its planes in the air like it just don't care.
The Cove (2009)
Informative, exciting, and surprisingly emotional...its goal is to alert the world to the abuse and consumption of dolphins.
Julie & Julia (2009)
Together the film's parallel stories do make slightly more than the sum of their ingredients, cooking up undemanding summer fun.
A fine example of the Kurosawa style...precision of narrative in both scripting and imagistic storytelling...
The Class (Entre les murs) (2008)
A great achievement in cinematic realism...when conflict arises, and it frequently does, the filmmakers refuse to instruct us on who’s right and who’s wrong, making the film its own kind of Socratic lecture.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition (2009)
What can I say about
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
that the title doesn't economically express?
Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5 (2009)
The last ten episodes of
deliver plenty of puzzles, prophecies and dreams; answer questions and raise others; and pay off characters in satisfying and usually surprising ways.
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
A "B"-movie-style Western meets Eastern, a supernatural "chopsocky" fantasy with leading man Kurt Russell doing a feature-length impression of a dead movie star. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
The minor miracle of
My Cousin Vinny
is that—though the picture never scores any guffaws, the villains remain off-screen, and the conclusion is never in doubt—the movie's full two-hour running time passes so breezily.
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