GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 29 May 2015 23:26:53 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4798 /reviews/4798 Workman has done a service in making a broadly accessible history of Welles that stands a chance of drawing younger generations of film buffs, like moths, to ‘the master‘‘s flame. Fri, 29 May 2015 19:05:43 GMT Peter Canavese San Andreas (2015) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4797 /reviews/4797 Succeeds at exploiting a proven disaster-movie formula without troubling itself much with little things like plot, character, and dialogue. Fri, 29 May 2015 16:57:14 GMT Peter Canavese Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4795 /reviews/4795 Our American addiction...bloodsucking from humanity in order to maintain the lifestyle to which we are accustomed. By the time Hess wearily muses, “I‘m tired of this existence,“ it‘s more or less clear he means a spiritually empty capitalist existence... Wed, 27 May 2015 22:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Aloft (2015) [*] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4796 /reviews/4796 At times one feels there‘s an interesting film here struggling to break free (free as a bird!)...but what‘s made it to screen sends eyes aloft in its symbolism and its character dynamics. Tue, 26 May 2015 19:46:43 GMT Peter Canavese Tomorrowland (2015) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4794 /reviews/4794 Curiously vacant characters and curiously pulse-less whimsy...lumbers, middlebrow and tiresome, when it should be daytripping the light fantastic... Wed, 20 May 2015 15:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese Leviathan (2014) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4793 /reviews/4793 Zvyagintsev literally and allegorically depicts modern Russia‘s runaway corruption but also captures universal fears about the shaky ground on which we construct our lives. Fri, 15 May 2015 21:48:27 GMT Peter Canavese Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4792 /reviews/4792 Though the thrill of invention is gone, there‘s enough comic fertility and accumulated goodwill to sustain Pitch Perfect 2 through to its splashy and socially optimistic finale... Fri, 15 May 2015 14:38:03 GMT Peter Canavese Masters of Sex: Season Two (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4791 /reviews/4791 Showrunner Michelle Ashford has played slow and loose with the facts, but in ways that achieve thematic resonance in a speculative, provocative dialogue with history. Mon, 11 May 2015 19:48:24 GMT Peter Canavese Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4790 /reviews/4790 Assayas implies that what transpires between the characters of Clouds of Sils Maria, between artists and art, and between art and audiences contains its own beautiful mystery that‘s nourishing, maddening, and essential. Wed, 06 May 2015 14:06:25 GMT Peter Canavese Mr. Turner (2014) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4760 /reviews/4760 Revives an era in astonishing, delicate detail, then moves through the space with a documentarian‘s eye. Leigh takes Turner out of art history and puts him back in the world. Mon, 04 May 2015 17:41:00 GMT Peter Canavese Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4789 /reviews/4789 Pure, uncut comic-book fantasy...Whedon tames the beast into something spectacularly epic, if a bit exhausting: bursting with destructive mayhem but grounded by interesting character beats, rife with dark implications but seasoned with good humor. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:35:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Grief of Others (2015) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4788 /reviews/4788 While the subject matter...amounts to standard fare, audiences can all the more appreciate the thoughtful rigor applied by a team of artists working from page to screen. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:07:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2015) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4787 /reviews/4787 Has a smattering of effective moments and a creepy cinematographic look to it, but the sequel‘s redundancy to its predecessor and pulseless feints at tapping into human emotion leech the suspense out of the picture. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:53:12 GMT Peter Canavese True Story (2015) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4786 /reviews/4786 Does a lot of its work with its tongue-in-cheek title, a meta commentary on the not-so-broad spectrum of liar, actor, fiction writer, filmmaker and journalist. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:30:05 GMT Peter Canavese Monkey Kingdom (2015) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4785 /reviews/4785 Assess to what extent we‘re witnessing man-ufactured monkey life...[or] just pay no attention to the men and women behind the curtain and simply enjoy the underwater photography of monkeys swimming. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:21:30 GMT Peter Canavese Big Eyes (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4753 /reviews/4753 Burton pokes fun at Keane‘s art, but he kids because he loves, and Big Eyes productively asks the question of whether the paintings are art or kitsch (probable answer: both). Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:43:00 GMT Peter Canavese While We‘re Young (2015) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4784 /reviews/4784 The obvious shots at hipster scenes...eventually sour into a complex critique of modern ambition in a changing cultural landscape. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 01:39:32 GMT Peter Canavese The Longest Ride (2015) [*] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4783 /reviews/4783 A Nicholas Sparks movie is like cinematic Jello. It sells well, the number one ingredient is sugar, and there‘s always room for it. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 01:32:19 GMT Peter Canavese Woman in Gold (2015) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4782 /reviews/4782 Corny, commercial, predictably platitudinous, and tear-jerkingly weepy...also an inevitably thought-provoking dramatization of facing the “ghosts“ of the past on an individual level and a national one. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 01:27:38 GMT Peter Canavese Wild (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4747 /reviews/4747 A satisfying excursion, a secular but spiritual journey of self-discovery. Mon, 06 Apr 2015 20:49:00 GMT Peter Canavese