Latest Film Reviews
L.A. Confidential (1997)
A modern cinematic classic...the alchemical reaction of a director and a charmed collaboration of actors, writers, and design artists...
Flash of Genius (2008)
Unfortunately, the film’s editing creates a confusing chronology and awkward pace, but it’s easy to see why producers saw a satisfying audience experience in Kearns’ moral crusade.
Save Me (2008)
A film that stands the best chance of winning the hearts and minds of those who now embrace the gay 'recovery' movement.
Iron Man (2008)
Favreau fully respects the material, and brings to the table a highly developed sense of humor and—praise the heavens—taste.
With its faithful rendering of a true inspirational story,
earns its sentiment...an irresistable inspirational movie for all ages.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
A crowd-pleasing romantic comedy with enough complexity to set it ahead of the pack.
Risky Business (1983)
It's easy to forget the idiosyncracies of a film that so successfully trades on adolescent male fantasies and nightmares.
The Lucky Ones (2008)
The annoyance of its Screenwriting 101 script is hard to overcome, but
The Lucky Ones
just about works in spite of itself, as an actor’s showcase.
Incorporates Freudian psychodrama, twisted romance, and national satire while giving redemption the Heimlich maneuver.
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
It’s too easy to hold the film’s at arm’s length and scoff at Sparks’ cynical repetition of psycho-romance clichés and meteorological metaphors.
Made of Honor (2008)
Not much distinguishes this determinedly average Hollywood outing, but it can claim Sydney Pollack's final performance and Patrick Dempsey's first big-screen starring role since his career second-wind...
The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration (2008)
The most significant achievement in the last forty years of American cinema.
Affleck's lanky, offhand softness hardly suits the superheroic archetype... [but] The R-rated Director's Cut...deserves an extra half-star.
Kill Bill, Volume 1 (2003)
Something borrowed, something bloody.
Cirque du Soleil: Corteo (2006)
is classic Cirque du Soleil, a multilingual paegant of music, dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, and clowning...the ingenious production design run with highly refined coordination.
Speed Racer (2008)
The Wachowski Brothers overshoot the mark with
, an eccentric misfire that panders to the ADHD set and—in the adult arena—idiots and acid-droppers.
Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season (2007)
A wacky weekly comedy-mystery-adventure-romance that the whole family can enjoy, in colors that haven't been so super-saturated since the 1966
Pale Rider (1985)
His saddle bag is a mixed one, though
still has the touch of quality associated with latter-day Eastwood.
Baby Mama (2008)
Improvisational chops and sheer force of comic will...can result in funny moments and even a funny movie, but there's something conspicuously lazy about the script...
How the West Was Won (1962)
Delivered big with breathtaking location work and an all-star cast...
Nochnoi dozor (Night Watch) (2006)
The slick, colorful, nicely acted
is all I ask and never get from Hollywood's monochromatic, humorless vampire pictures.
Dnevnoi dozor (Day Watch) (2007)
You don't need to have seen the original to pick up the user-friendly sequel. Take a deep breath after the intimidating opening montage and you'll be just fine.
Smallville: The Complete Seventh Season (2001)
Millar and Gough's final season gives cause for reflection on the bumpy evolution of a series once intended to keep its roots planted in the title town of Smallville, Kansas.
The Office: Season Four (2008)
has become a TV comedy classic in its own right and holds the crown of the funniest series on American TV today.
The Mist (2007)
Both a gory monster movie and a
-styled morality play on mob mentality and religion run amok.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
A rousing, high-spirited family entertainment rightly regarded as one for the ages.
The Shield: Season 6 (2007)
Not just another cop show...traffic[s] in the shadowy moral ambiguity of noir.
The Three Stooges Collection: Volume Three (1940-1942) (1940)
Producer-director Sam White brainstormed the concept of Moe as Hitler, Curly as Göring, and Larry as Goebbels, promising, despite the dark reality, 'I'll make it funny.'
Then She Found Me (2008)
A highly satisfying old-fashioned comedy-drama...[with] a strong undercurrent of religion and philosophy that helps Hunt make her film profound in a way that sneaks up on you.
What Happens in Vegas (2008)
Another predictable romantic comedy, one that insists that spending time locked into an unhappy marriage doesn't breed contempt, but sows love.
Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)
Tone deaf...only slightly better than the worst sitcom you've ever seen.
Hamlet 2 (2008)
It's Coogan's show, in a grotesquely overstated performance that makes sense for the character but isn't always easy to watch.
A clear-headed and comprehensible picture of American fiscal policy, but one that's not in the least boring.
An allegory of what's wrong with our country...Mamet has spent the last decade layering popular entertainments with subversive ideas about social politics.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Preserves a time when one could not only get away with making an allegory with an existential hero, but stock it with an ensemble from the Actors Studio.
The Perfect Storm (2000)
An expertly crafted Hollywod entertainment...[constructed] as a series of grippingly fateful 'moments of truth.'
End of Days (1999)
The plot is such hooey...and the plot holes so gaping that
End of Days
proves more exasperating than enjoyable.
[Both] a rousing action thriller...[and] near-parody of the rah-rah American military adventures that filled screens in the '40s and '50s.
A convincing blend of Shakespearean tragedy and
paints the thirty-seventh President of the United States as a uniquely American tragic hero...
Justice League: Season One (2001)
A surprisingly consistent level of quality and creative energy...put the loveably corny
in its place.
All site content © 2000-2017 Peter Canavese.
Page generated at 02/21/2017 02:54:48PM.