GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:02:04 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Star Trek Beyond (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4940 /reviews/4940 What works (marginally) in this instantly forgettable entry: a few diverting character moments...fan-serving fairy dust...action, action, action. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) [*] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4937 /reviews/4937 The mammoths and their mammalian buddies...take direction from [a] lunatic weasel...to SAVE THE WORLD by DIVERTING THE PATH OF AN ASTEROID (emphasis mine). Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:18:52 GMT Peter Canavese Captain Fantastic (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4939 /reviews/4939 The film’s saving graces are the uniformly strong performances...and its intriguing subject matter...[but it] develops third-act problems as it devolves into calculated contrivances, didacticism, and sentiment. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:55:06 GMT Peter Canavese Our Little Sister (2015) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4938 /reviews/4938 Moves at a rhythm akin to the gently lapping waves...yet somehow swiftly establishes the personalities of the three sisters, a contradiction that speaks to the resonance of the performers and Koreeda’s skill at eliciting emotional truth. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:17:47 GMT Peter Canavese Ghostbusters (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4936 /reviews/4936 Should you see Sony’s new Ghostbusters remake? Yes. Yes, you should. Will you be entertained? Yes. Yes, you will. Will you also be a little annoyed? Well, yeah, probably...it’s all a bit too self-consciously self-conscious... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:12:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Infiltrator (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4935 /reviews/4935 A sturdy but uninspired crime docudrama that’s neither convincingly colloquial nor thrillingly stylish. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Boss (2016) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4934 /reviews/4934 Needlessly starting out on such a false, bombastic note emblematizes the film‘s mistake of blowing up the character past what made her recognizable, and thereby funny, in the first place. Sat, 09 Jul 2016 21:28:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4933 /reviews/4933 Has more genuinely funny moments than most so-called comedies at the multiplex, abetted by Waititi’s now-practiced comic sensibility, his stylized snap of performance and editing. Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:57:21 GMT Peter Canavese Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) [ 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4932 /reviews/4932 The fact that Mike and Dave will inevitably turn into a rom com blunts its potential as a black comedy of comeuppance for the titular jerks. Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:51:31 GMT Peter Canavese Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4931 /reviews/4931 From the evidence of Thorsten Schütte’s found-footage documentary...Zappa saw the interview as sometime endurance test, sometime amusement, and all-the-time chess match he could never lose, played as it was against lesser lights. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:58:52 GMT Peter Canavese My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4897 /reviews/4897 For Zeus‘s sake...as warm and fuzzy and comforting (or not) as a Disney Channel show marketed more to parents than to their kids. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Central Intelligence (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4930 /reviews/4930 Even if the material‘s not always up to the title‘s ironic reference to wit, the cast and their director carry the day with a good stock of laughs. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 04:30:51 GMT Peter Canavese The BFG (2016) [**] http://www.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. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:09:00 GMT Peter Canavese Finding Dory (2016) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4928 /reviews/4928 If the plotting at first feels overly familiar (and, in many ways, is), its elegance becomes apparent in the reinvigorating final movements, which also confirm Finding Dory‘s ultimate theme of building self-confidence through self-discovery. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Now You See Me 2 (2016) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4926 /reviews/4926 Not only can the center not hold, but there is no center to begin with...The story mostly speeds along at an obnoxious rate and pitch, the better to misdirect from the next dumb abracadabra plot twist, but good luck hanging in for over two hours of it. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:56:43 GMT Peter Canavese Zootopia (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4888 /reviews/4888 If Zootopia only reluctantly comes around to its crime-solving story, that’s understandable: the good stuff resides in the characterizations and the morality play around them, decrying fear of the other. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 14:18:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Conjuring 2 (2016) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4925 /reviews/4925 When there’s somefin strange...in your neighbor’ood...’oo you gonna call? Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:21:50 GMT Peter Canavese Kill Your Friends (2015) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4924 /reviews/4924 As adapted by screenwriter John Niven from his own novel, Kill Your Friends has a decidedly been-there, killed-that feel to it. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 19:21:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hail, Caesar! (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4918 /reviews/4918 In a way, the amusing, preposterous Hail, Caesar!, for all its arch postmodernism, becomes what it pastiches, resembling the kind of ‘50s film we can now watch and admire for a kind of cultural reflection without exactly considering it a success. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 02:20:00 GMT Peter Canavese Triple 9 (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4887 /reviews/4887 A dark crime drama the rough-and-tumble Samuel Fuller no doubt would have loved. Wed, 01 Jun 2016 01:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese