GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:13:36 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. The Big Sick (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5065 /reviews/5065 Functions...not only as a boilerplate rom-com that’s consistently amusing and possessed with charming leads, but also as a heartwarming drama. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) [ 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5064 /reviews/5064 Military-Industrial Uncomplicated...Despite the theme that “Magic does exist” (“It was found long ago. Inside a crashed alien ship”), The Last Knight is all mirthless jokes and thrill-less mayhem. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Beatriz at Dinner (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5062 /reviews/5062 It’s no great leap to see Strutt as Trumpian, but Beatriz at Dinner has bigger fish to fry than any one figure...make[s] our nation‘s political intractability the stuff of comedy and...dramatizes the spiritual exhaustion of our time. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Cars 3 (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5061 /reviews/5061 Gets the franchise back on track with a story that U-turns to the heart of the 2006 original. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Mummy (2017) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5060 /reviews/5060 As a story to speak to our hearts and minds, it‘s an utter failure, and perhaps so too even as a disposable corporate product.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wonder Woman (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5059 /reviews/5059 A sturdy origin story, this education of Miss Diana Prince, establishing her as a compassionate badass who consistently proves her bravery, strength, and commitment to justice. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Everything, Everything (2017) [*] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5058 /reviews/5058 Soft-touch kids may enjoy the smooth-jazz romance of this ludicrous fantasy, with true love challenged by caring but misguided parental overprotectiveness, but the story fails to deal honestly with its what-if scenarios. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Space Between Us (2017) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] 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 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5057 /reviews/5057 This newfangled Arthur comes up short on grandeur or even old-fashioned matinee adventure, trading them in for cosmetic Game of Thrones grot. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Dog‘s Purpose (2017) [*] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] 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 Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2016) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5056 /reviews/5056 Tower only reveals what he’s willing to reveal...Still, the focus should remain, and does, on the food itself, and the tenacious, productively persnickety, beautiful mind it took to serve it up. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5054 /reviews/5054 The pivotal realization--that, in the end, using your heart beats using your head--works as a pithy instruction manual for this diverting but disposable adventure. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Norman (2016) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5055 /reviews/5055 Norman’s thoughtful dramatic construction, built around a central symbol of a pair of shoes, addresses politician’s voracious desire to ‘go places,‘ ever outpacing forethought of where that ambition will take them... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Woman of the Year (1942) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5053 /reviews/5053 An effervescent but edgy rom-com about love, career, the insecurities men and women felt (and, sadly, still feel to some extent) around burgeoning feminism. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Colossal (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5052 /reviews/5052 We find ourselves, with Gloria, neck-deep in an allegory of id. You can hope and pray otherwise, but your inner demons will always come out: some way, somehow, some day. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Frantz (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5051 /reviews/5051 Interjections of color…and the narrative implications of them…are but one way in which Ozon creates and subverts expectations...Ozon remains interested in the stories people tell to one another, the horrible truths and the comfortable lies. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Going in Style (2017) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5050 /reviews/5050 Polished but hollow...It’s another sign of the times that Hollywood thinks we can no longer handle the original storyline.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Rogue One (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5009 /reviews/5009 Will give die-hard Star Wars fans multiple orgasms...runneth over with Star Wars spectacle. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5048 /reviews/5048 A deeply disturbing study of mass hysteria, a lasting cultural document of “a shameful memory“...and a culturally specific but widely relevant snapshot of that late-‘60s moment of student rebellion being met by violent institutional crackdowns. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese 20th Century Women (2016) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] 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