GrouchoReviews.com http://new.grouchoreviews.com/ Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:14:13 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. 20th Century Women (2016) [****] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5023 /reviews/5023 Empathetic and self-searching...a highly witty, deeply humane look at people who may be too conscious for their own good, people who think and feel too much ever to be truly happy. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Founder (2016) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5022 /reviews/5022 Call it ‘Big Mac-beth.‘ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Silence (2016) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5020 /reviews/5020 Slow going...But Silence also represents consummate filmmaking. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese xXx (2002) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/497 /reviews/497 Superficially, it resembles exhilarating action films of the past, but the paint-by-numbers approach just doesn‘t do the trick. With all around bad acting, hyperactive production, and a script that passes ‘camp‘ and goes right on through to ‘bad‘... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Deepwater Horizon (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4976 /reviews/4976 Hammer[s] home what the news media didn’t much convey in 2010: the human-level horror of being on the rig and the sheer scope of the unnaturalness of the enterprise. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Patriots Day (2016) [**] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5019 /reviews/5019 ‘Terror bad. Boston strong.‘ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hidden Figures (2016) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5018 /reviews/5018 Could hardly be more historically important, culturally significant, or inspirational, and as a PG-rated film, it’s especially valuable as a STEM education boost for young girls.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5021 /reviews/5021 Silly and rarely believable in any of its particulars...Andy Daly, though? Really funny. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Monster Calls (2016) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5017 /reviews/5017 There’s a simple power to the clean lines of Ness’ story, and it’s greatly amplified by the work of the actors.  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 Why Him? (2016) [**] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5016 /reviews/5016 Nothing if not formulaic, but it has its passing charms...Ultimately, the hacky plot (partly credited to Franco’s buddy Jonah Hill) is also too primal not to work... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Assassin‘s Creed (2016) [**] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5015 /reviews/5015 Despite its style points, fails to resonate on a higher octave than its low hum of dark doings, leaping around, and fisticuffs. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Snowden (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4971 /reviews/4971 Born on the Fourth of July for millennials...Stone effectively streamlines Snowden’s story for mass consumption, edification, and identification. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Fences (2016) [****] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5001 /reviews/5001 An American classic writ large. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Jackie (2016) [***] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5014 /reviews/5014 The serviceable movie you make about this subject. But it does offer a little bit more, peeking through with an interesting insight every quarter-hour or so. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Sing (2016) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5013 /reviews/5013 May not amount to much…a salute to theater and showmanship, a simple tale of self-empowerment and group spirit…but it is up with people, or, rather, animals in ways that will delight kids and adults alike. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Passengers (2016) [**] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5012 /reviews/5012 What begins as an intriguing premise based on high-stakes “what if”s shrinks in imagination as the pair begins to face crises akin to a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The BFG (2016) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4929 /reviews/4929 Largely lifeless, which is unusual for fantasy material birthed by Roald Dahl or directed by Steven Spielberg, much less a combination of the two. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures…Complete Season One (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5011 /reviews/5011 Even adult Star Wars fans with enough of a sense of perspective to laugh at this not-overly-serious non-canonical storyline will have a good time. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5008 /reviews/5008 The show‘s second season improves the spinoff (from more famous elder sibling The Walking Dead) in just about every respect... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Collateral Beauty (2016) [no stars] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5010 /reviews/5010 Chicken Poop for the Soul... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Gregg Henry…Guardians of the Galaxy, Body Double, Jason Bourne…08/28/2016 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/449 /interviews/449 The first thing I did with De Palma was Scarface...A De Palma set is a very different kind of set than a James Gunn set or a Paul Greengrass set...He likes it extremely quiet on the set... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Sean Gunn…Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls…8/28/2016 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/448 /interviews/448 [Vol. 2] starts only a couple of months after the first one...understand, from Kraglin‘s point-of-view, that Quill did double-cross them...And so the movie starts from that jumping-off point of ‘I‘m not sure everything is feeling great in Ravager-ville.‘ Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Rick Cosnett…The Flash…08/27/2016 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/447 /interviews/447 People[‘s]...imaginations are going crazy as to what [Eddie] could be next. And I would love him to have powers and come back. Especially now with ‘Flashpoint‘... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: John Krasinski & Margo Martindale…The Hollars…8/21/2016 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/446 /interviews/446 [Krasinski:] I needed to make sure that we weren‘t making a ‘movie family,‘ that you could project your own family into them. It had to feel like your family, it had to feel like your hometown...it had to feel like you were living through this with them. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J. Alvarez, Raúl Castillo, Lauren Weedman & Daniel Franzese…Looking…6/26/2016 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/445 /interviews/445 [Groff:] We‘re seeing Patrick become a man and sort of come into his own. And be okay with not having an answer...I didn‘t consciously try to put myself into Patrick, but inevitably...when I‘m playing a character, it starts to bleed into my everyday life. 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 Feature: 2014 Top 10 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/features/254 /features/254 The Year‘s Best Films                   1. Boyhood  The deceptively simple idea behind Richard Linklater‘s magnum opus was to shoot a few days a year for twelve years, and thus capture the growth and development of a middle-class Everyboy (Ellar Coltrane) and his family. Linklater‘s rest... Wed, 01 Jan 2014 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese