GrouchoReviews.com http://new.grouchoreviews.com/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:23:58 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Lean on Pete (2017) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5107 /reviews/5107 The animal holds a mirror up to the human protagonist...how prone youth can be on the cusp of adulthood, how reckless when desperate or threatened, how vulnerably pure of heart. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese You Were Never Really Here (2017) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5106 /reviews/5106 Ramsay’s limber direction and another phenomenal leading performance by Joaquin Phoenix lend the material an aching sensitivity and an arrhythmic but persistent heartbeat. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Quiet Place (2018) [***] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5105 /reviews/5105 There’s plenty...that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny and even more that feels conspicuously derivative. But tell that to your pants as you pee them. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ready Player One (2018) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5104 /reviews/5104 Conjures plenty of empty spectacle...but doesn’t underpin it with characters that move beyond the generic or, more crucially, the productively sharp satire that just maybe could have saved this ain’t-it-cool story from itself.  Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Death of Stalin (2017) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5103 /reviews/5103 Tales of the venal, the selfish, and the desperate, lurking--when not preening--in the halls of power. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Tomb Raider (2018) [**] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5102 /reviews/5102 One can see the wheels turning, literally and figuratively... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Wrinkle in Time (2018) [**] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5101 /reviews/5101 Galumphing narrative and flatfooted whimsy...a downright awkward kiddie blockbuster.   Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Red Sparrow (2018) [**] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5100 /reviews/5100 A guy’s fantasy of an empowered woman’s story. She’s smart! She’s capable! She’s sexy! She’s nude! She’s degraded! Wait... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Game Night (2018) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5099 /reviews/5099 Just manages to sustain its ‘is it real or is it a game?‘ tension through to its climactic twists. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Black Panther (2018) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5096 /reviews/5096 Boilerplate Marvel, with a sleek, colorful look, cheeky humor, and familiar action beats...But Coogler brings enough to the table for a fresh vision, broadly appealing as well as inspirational in its representation for black audiences and women. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Peter Rabbit (2018) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5098 /reviews/5098 This Peter is...the Ferris Bueller of rabbits. As such, many will love him, and many will find his zany wisecracks, blatant selfishness, and borderline amorality repulsive. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5097 /reviews/5097 McDonagh’s admirable shading of ostensible heroes and villains backfires as character inconsistency...Nevertheless, Three Billboards wickedly entertains and provokes... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hostiles (2017) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5095 /reviews/5095 A contrived but effective parable of the American West, its painful legacy, and small measures of redemption...But our focus frustratingly remains on the white people and Blocker’s struggle to reach empathy... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Phantom Thread (2017) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5094 /reviews/5094 Work[s] out some timely issues of the runaway male ego, the dubious excuse of great art for grotesque personality, and the shock and awe attendant to the select few who can see through genius and, for better or for worse, cut to the quick. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Post (2017) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5093 /reviews/5093 The heroic journalism depicted in The Post could hardly be more timely, it’s true, but Spielberg’s take rarely achieves dramatic traction. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Fail State (2018) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5092 /reviews/5092 Takes a cogent look at the issues, making comprehensible the complex history of American higher education, the government‘s shifting role in supporting it, and the increasingly corporate exploitation of the American-dreaming underclass. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Molly‘s Game (2017) [***] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5091 /reviews/5091 Sorkin’s flair for whip-crack dialogue, structural shenanigans, and character chemistry remains a winningly shameless three-ring circus for the screen, and his thoroughly excellent ensemble help to distract from his infamous artifice. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2017 Top 10 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/features/259 /features/259 The Year‘s Best Films               1. The Florida Project Sean Baker’s follow-up to the stylish, street-level Tangerine is the sort of film that sticks with you, whether you like it or not. In part a tribute to The Little Rascals, The Florida Project works on that level alone, with a low... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese All the Money in the World (2017) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5090 /reviews/5090 Much in it is invented or misrepresented...more easily forgiveable if the film had any subtlety or depth, but this ain’t that kind of party: it’s a wannabe thriller that unnecessarily stretches its running time along with the truth. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Call Me by Your Name (2017) [****] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5089 /reviews/5089 Guadagnino has coaxed from his cast a film unmatched this year for lifelike rhythms and attention to human behavior. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5088 /reviews/5088 [SPOILER-FREE REVIEW:] Johnson sticks with the Star Wars house style and seems pleased to have the opportunity to inspire children with this story of overcoming inner conflict to become one’s best self, the key ingredient being hope. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Todd Haynes…Wonderstruck, Superstar…10/13/2017 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/460 /interviews/460 This age, which hasn‘t been named yet, it hasn‘t been mapped yet, it hasn‘t been defined and labeled: everything‘s possible...There‘s an intimacy that you can have with your same-sex friendships...that you may never achieve again in life.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Kyle Mooney & Dave McCary…Brigsby Bear, Saturday Night Live…7/15/2017 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/459 /interviews/459 [Mooney:] It is nice, though, these pieces that get cut have a chance to live somewhere and that people can watch them. So there‘s certainly disappointment when your sketches keep on getting cut, but... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Brett Haley & Katharine Ross…The Hero, The Graduate…4/12/2017 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/457 /interviews/457 [Ross:] One of the most rewarding things about working with Brett is the word ‘options.‘ He likes options. And that‘s very stimulating for an actor. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: James Gray…The Lost City of Z, Two Lovers…4/9/2017 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/456 /interviews/456 Art is my form of religion. It‘s my way of dealing with mortality...I never saw Fawcett‘s story as a tragedy. There was a level of transcendence to it. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Catherine Eaton & Teddy Sears…The Sounding, 24: Legacy, The Flash…3/3/2017 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/454 /interviews/454 [Sears:] The greatest part of being an actor, I think, is that wonderful thing that happens between two people who are really listening, really responding... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2016 Top 10 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/features/258 /features/258 The Year‘s Best Films               1. Moonlight  In skillfully adapting Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unproduced play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, writer-director Barry Jenkins shows a deep curiosity about one person’s development and inner life. We see this person grow from boy to teen... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/features/257 /features/257 Thanks to prime mover Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, San Jose now has its own “Comic-Con“: the Silicon Valley Comic Con. San Jose has been home to many science-fiction/film and TV/comic-themed toy shows or conventions over the years (many of us still have fond memories of TimeCon at the old San Jose Convention Center), some of them pretty rink... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2015 Top 10 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/features/256 /features/256 The Year‘s Best Films                     1. Chi-Raq  The right film at the right time, Spike Lee’s latest is his most creatively fertile and socially immediate narrative feature in years. A grabber from its opening sequence, a lyric video for Nick Cannon’s gut-punching... Thu, 01 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) http://new.grouchoreviews.com/features/255 /features/255 SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST CAPSULE REVIEWS! By my count, this year‘s San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) features 58 narrative features, one for every year in the fest‘s history. That‘s on top of 34 documentary features, 6 shorts programs, and a panoply of awards presentations/tributes, live performance events, lectu... Thu, 01 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese