GrouchoReviews.com: DVD Video Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:16:57 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Deepwater Horizon (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://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 Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://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 Snowden (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://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 The BFG (2016) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://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://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://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 Pete‘s Dragon (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5007 /reviews/5007 There‘s room enough for both Pete‘s Dragons in this big old world. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Don‘t Think Twice (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4945 /reviews/4945 Pinpoints a creative community that’s never been explored in a narrative film...its wistful, naturalistic presentation of a thirtysomething turning point…a forced maturation of sorts…rings true. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Macbeth (1948) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5004 /reviews/5004 The graphic intensity of Orson Welles‘ black-and-white 1948 film of Macbeth, then, isn‘t merely for show, but a carefully considered symbolist staging for screen, meant to complement the Bard‘s immortal poetry. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hands of Stone (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4959 /reviews/4959 The film works as well as it does on the strength of its acting. De Niro is in fine, grounded form, and his verbal sparring with Ramírez, [et al]...elevates the film, the overlapping dialogue highly effective in infusing naturalistic energy. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Don‘t Breathe (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4960 /reviews/4960 Once Don’t Breathe detonates its big twist...some audience members will feel the film stops being fun while others will feel the fun has started in earnest. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Morris from America (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4962 /reviews/4962 An amiable, gentle, light drama with coming-of-age and outsider elements...a movingly attentive Robinson has never been allowed to be this warm on screen. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4992 /reviews/4992 A gleeful exercise in nostalgia, a fun and family-friendly Batman story in its own right, and a running commentary on the character‘s flexible interpretation. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Preacher: Season One (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4977 /reviews/4977 As per a recurring Season One line, ‘We‘re just getting started.‘ Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/3805 /reviews/3805 Lee brought a distinct elegance to the wuxia genre of mythic, lyrical martial arts pictures...a breathtaking visual and emotional experience for the viewer... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (1933) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4987 /reviews/4987 Universal‘s new three-disc The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Restored Blu-ray Edition offers the best chance yet on home video to appreciate the Brothers and their brand of anarchic, sometimes surreal comedy... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Duck Soup (1933) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4984 /reviews/4984 For all its wild comic abandon, Duck Soup has darker implications than the usual Marx Brothers comedy and, as such, feels the most relevant and sharp in its satire. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Monkey Business (1931) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4982 /reviews/4982 Keeps plot at a minimum, anarchy at a maximum, which is a good place to be for the fearless foursome of 1930s screen comedy.  Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Animal Crackers (1930) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4981 /reviews/4981 More so than any of the other Paramount films, Animal Crackers is Groucho‘s picture. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Horse Feathers (1932) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4983 /reviews/4983 The opening ten minutes of Horse Feathers have more laughs than most comedy features muster in their entirety. And there‘s more where that came from... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese