GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:30:00 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. 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 Me Before You (2016) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4923 /reviews/4923 The sort of film to starkly divide audiences: hard cases will wince at the clichés and Clarke’s performance; starry-eyed weepie fans will get what they came for. Tue, 31 May 2016 02:48:18 GMT Peter Canavese X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4912 /reviews/4912 For all its failings, including the crime of not being exhilarating, X-Men: Apocalypse remains a competent sci-fi actioner. Fri, 27 May 2016 23:17:00 GMT Peter Canavese Maggie‘s Plan (2015) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4920 /reviews/4920 A not-unpleasant 98 minutes that’s nevertheless understocked with comic zest and thematic incisiveness. Thu, 26 May 2016 18:28:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Witch (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4914 /reviews/4914 Enjoy The Witch for what it is: a refreshingly baroque respite from the jump-scares that typify today‘s horror. Wed, 25 May 2016 18:41:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Lobster (2015) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4917 /reviews/4917 Investigates the nature of our need for a partner (who else will apply that pain-relief cream to the small of your back?), how we cling to superficial similarities to justify our matches, and our denial, at our peril, of our animal nature. Tue, 24 May 2016 15:23:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Finest Hours (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4874 /reviews/4874 One can easily understand why this story swiftly became Coast Guard legend...but its dim wall-of-grey visuals and narrative longueurs make much of the two hours a challenge to the attention span for viewers of any age. Tue, 24 May 2016 14:39:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Angry Birds Movie (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4916 /reviews/4916 Even though ‘Anger is not always the answer,‘ sometimes it has to be, or there’s no movie, and here’s where The Angry Birds Movie will divide audiences. Fri, 20 May 2016 02:09:00 GMT Peter Canavese Dark Horse (2015) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4915 /reviews/4915 Osmond doesn‘t belabor style in any way, opting to shape the story simply and directly through the new interviews, available archive materials, and efficient montage. Fri, 20 May 2016 02:01:51 GMT Peter Canavese Captain America: Civil War (2016) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4911 /reviews/4911 A direct sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier...a crazy-cool superhero team-up/smackdown movie to make Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice look like a tea party, and a franchise-launching introduction to the new Spider-Man... Thu, 12 May 2016 06:33:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4913 /reviews/4913 Can repeat its formula by rote, but develops no breakthrough theory of its own. Wed, 11 May 2016 04:28:49 GMT Peter Canavese