GrouchoReviews.com http://production.grouchoreviews.com/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 16:56:30 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Men in Black: International (2019) [**] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5165 /reviews/5165 Outside of the win for representation represented by the likeable Tessa Thompson’s leading role, there’s no creatively compelling reason to tell this story, which...drags on seventeen minutes longer than the 1997 original. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Crystal City (2019) [***] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5164 /reviews/5164 Potent... Crawford‘s empathy and care for his subjects shine through, inevitably taking the audience on an emotional journey. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) [** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5163 /reviews/5163 The CGI creatures impress…a star is reborn in Mothra...It’s just unfortunate that the picture as a whole lumbers a lot like its forty-story star. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Non-Fiction (2019) [***] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5162 /reviews/5162 Slyly addresses...how we think and how we consume media, how we tell stories to each other and ourselves, and what we need out of our personal connections. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Aladdin (2019) [**] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5161 /reviews/5161 The results aren’t exactly magical...Heck, I’d even take a low-rent theme-park version if it spared me this film’s descent into the uncanny valley. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese All Is True (2018) [***] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5160 /reviews/5160 An elegiac valediction for Shakespeare’s genius...a celebration of the centuries of scholarship that got us here...[and] an ode to parental love, complicated as it is by ego. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019) [**] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5159 /reviews/5159 With Reynolds cracking wise and a number of frantic action sequences, this looks like an effective enough franchise launcher. But...it all feels a little too much like work. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Long Shot (2019) [** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5158 /reviews/5158 Diverting enough for date night...good enough for government work. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Avengers: Endgame (2019) [*** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5157 /reviews/5157 Marvel tourists may surprise themselves how much they care...while fanatics will have a geekgasm of heretofore undiscovered proportions at what amounts to the biggest series finale ever. To put it more politely, they’ll love it “times 3000.&rd Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Teen Spirit (2019) [** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5156 /reviews/5156 Serves mostly as a vehicle for star Elle Fanning, who provides her own vocals in the film’s multiple vocal-performance sequences and, more importantly, provides the film its soul of quietly defiant determination. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Peterloo (2019) [*** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5155 /reviews/5155 [Leigh] bustles his audience into a time machine and transplants them to a time and place--1819 England--for full immersion into the physical and social landscape where a politically charged tragedy played out. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Shazam! (2019) [***] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5154 /reviews/5154 DC’s answer to Marvel‘s Ant-Man: a family-friendly, comical comic-book adventure that never crosses the line into camp. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Dumbo (2019) [** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5153 /reviews/5153 Dumbo has morphed into a fable of modernized entertainment business models and the handling and packaging of IP...strange thematic material for a PG Disney movie aimed at families...and it gets stranger. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Us (2019) [*** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5152 /reviews/5152 Peele’s messy stew of allusive ingredients and jokey allusions...can taste overwhelming, but it gives us a helluva lot more to chew on than a Halloween reboot. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Wedding Guest (2019) [* 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5151 /reviews/5151 I’ll be damned if I can detect a pulse...Proves deliberately withholding, as if to punish us, along with its unlikeable characters, for expecting too much. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Captain Marvel (2019) [***] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5150 /reviews/5150 To watch another obscure hero beget a franchise-building smash-hit movie means marveling at Marvel once again. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) [***] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5149 /reviews/5149 The little franchise that could is all grown up and ready to leave the nest, so wipe that tear away, and say your goodbyes, kids...For now... Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Alita: Battle Angel (2019) [** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5148 /reviews/5148 Silly but...big dumb fun. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Arctic (2019) [** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5147 /reviews/5147 While Penna shoots and edits the material well enough, its familiar paces probably wouldn’t be tolerable were it not for Mikkelsen, whose grim visage crucially gives the film a racing mind and a beating heart. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) [***] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5146 /reviews/5146 While adults will probably find somewhat diminishing returns in The Second Part, its cheeky variations on all the constructions that worked so well the first time also work pretty darn well, and to a good end. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Alfonso Cuarón…Roma…1/4/2019 http://production.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/471 /interviews/471 I was very lucky to be raised by two strong and very generous women...[Cleo] embodies, in one hand, those scars that I share with my family, but in the other hand, those scars that I share with a whole society. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Pawel Pawlikowski…Cold War, Ida…10/5/2018 http://production.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/473 /interviews/473 The more you think about [your parents], the more contradictory they get...A lot of people find themselves in this film. You‘d expect it‘s such an unusual, eccentric story, but... Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2018 Top 10 http://production.grouchoreviews.com/features/260 /features/260 The Year‘s Best Films 1. The Other Side of the Wind A long-coveted Holy Grail for cineastes, Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind finally dropped in 2018, 33 years after its maker’s death. Wind in many ways serves as a sort of semi-autobiographical bookend to Citizen Kane in ruthlessly dissecting a deeply flawed but high-pow... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Peter Hedges…Ben is Back, The Odd Life of Timothy Green…10/12/2018 http://production.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/474 /interviews/474 Who wants to be directed by their father? Particularly at an age when…the fun part of being 21 is that you fire your parents. Y‘know, you‘re free of them. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Paul Dano…Wildlife, Love & Mercy…10/5/2018 http://production.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/472 /interviews/472 [I] immediately felt a sort of uncanny personal relationship to it: the characters, the sense of love in this really great struggle...a lot of pain. [Richard Ford] somehow wrote about this very difficult situation with a great amount of compassion. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Frederick Wiseman…Monrovia, Indiana; Titicut Follies…9/28/2018 http://production.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/470 /interviews/470 I‘m trying to make a group of movies that represent as many different aspects of contemporary life as I can. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2017 Top 10 http://production.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 Feature: 2016 Top 10 http://production.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://production.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://production.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