GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:47:35 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Logan (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5039 /reviews/5039 There‘s a resonant motif in Logan that times have changed for the worst, but this dystopian world revives the humanity in these characters, a development that‘s all for the best. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese by Sidney Lumet (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5034 /reviews/5034 Like Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow‘s De Palma (also released in 2016), by Sidney Lumet has one undeniable result: it instills a fervent wish to watch the director‘s entire output from beginning to end... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Cure For Wellness (2016) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5036 /reviews/5036 Distinctive, invigorating creativity at work...far from perfect, but this treat for the eyes with ideas to consider feels like a miracle of a movie by offering so much more than we expect from the jump-scare horror to which we’ve resigned ourselves. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5033 /reviews/5033 Makes the case for the Wick franchise as a kind of bizarro James Bond...This antihero may not be licensed to kill, but now he lives in a similarly slick universe of action fantasy and exotic settings. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5032 /reviews/5032 Full to bursting with Easter Eggs for longtime Batman fans...Zany, frantically paced, and busy, busy, busy. For some, that...will be a bit exhausting, especially in brain-fatiguing LEGO-construction-block animation. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Space Between Us (2017) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5031 /reviews/5031 Despite the multiple genres, The Space Between Us feels thin in its plot, and corny in the telling... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Comedian (2016) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5030 /reviews/5030 Surprise, this is a romantic comedy...this stand-up gives you no reason to sit down. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Pinocchio (1940) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/3362 /reviews/3362 Expertly balances whimsy, adventure, terrifying perils, music, comedy, and warmth on the way to a reassuring worldview of moral order, of virtue rewarded and the bosom embrace of familial figures. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Dog‘s Purpose (2017) [*] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5029 /reviews/5029 In this sort of Quantum Leap for dogs, a soulful, gender-confused, repeatedly reincarnated canine goes on a magical journey of Hollywood formula. Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure manipulation. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Light Between Oceans (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4961 /reviews/4961 Cianfrance makes intimate, psychologically penetrating films, with quiet spaces and moments of brutal intensity...As unlikely as the story is, Cianfrance deftly steers the material through elemental themes... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Inferno (2016) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5024 /reviews/5024 You won‘t ever find me calling Inferno a good movie, but I won‘t deny that, in dribs and drabs, it gets closer to the marks of fun and quality than I thought possible from this picturesque but dopey franchise. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Gold (2016) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5028 /reviews/5028 In its broader themes of ‘selling a story‘ to investors and the blinding power of money, Gold has little new to offer, but in its particulars...finds deposits rich enough to make the trip worthwhile. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese 20th Century Women (2016) [****] http://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://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://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5020 /reviews/5020 Slow going...But Silence also represents consummate filmmaking. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese xXx (2002) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/497 /reviews/497 Superficially, it resembles exhilarating action films of the past, but the paint-by-numbers approach just doesn‘t do the trick. With all-around bad acting, hyperactive production, and a script that passes ‘camp‘ and goes right on through to ‘bad‘... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese 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 Patriots Day (2016) [**] http://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://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://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