GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://production.grouchoreviews.com/ Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:36:15 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. 20th Century Women (2016) [****] http://production.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://production.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://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5020 /reviews/5020 Slow going...But Silence also represents consummate filmmaking. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Deepwater Horizon (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://production.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://production.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://production.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://production.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://production.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 Why Him? (2016) [**] http://production.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://production.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://production.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://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5001 /reviews/5001 An American classic writ large. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Jackie (2016) [***] http://production.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://production.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://production.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://production.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://production.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://production.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://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5010 /reviews/5010 Chicken Poop for the Soul... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Pete‘s Dragon (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://production.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