GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Thu, 26 May 2016 18:53:39 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. 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 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 Where to Invade Next (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4882 /reviews/4882 Moore finds a galvanizing climax by rallying around the notion that idealism trumps, if you’ll pardon the word, defeatism. Tue, 10 May 2016 13:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Meddler (2015) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4910 /reviews/4910 A delightfully humane comedy...doesn’t insist upon the meddling as a ‘premise‘ but as an important part of the film’s psychological reality. Mon, 02 May 2016 14:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Mother‘s Day (2016) [ 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4909 /reviews/4909 A movie so far up its own posterior that it includes the threatening exchange ‘They made a womb float for Mother’s Day?‘ ‘I can’t wait to see what they do for Father’s Day!‘ Well, I can. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:16:08 GMT Peter Canavese Son of Saul (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4869 /reviews/4869 One man’s last grasp at humanity amidst the dehumanizing horrors of Auschwitz...dramatizes those extraordinary circumstances under which even the meanings of life and death become foreign and in desperate need of rediscovery. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:02:00 GMT Peter Canavese Dough (2015) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4908 /reviews/4908 Tastes awfully stale...those with a high tolerance for ‘nice‘ movies will happily roll with this Dough. But know that it is proudly unsophisticated in its storytelling. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:48:00 GMT Peter Canavese Elvis & Nixon (2016) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4907 /reviews/4907 A story of great power and great delusion, of the absurdities of politics and the strange effects and arguably undue reach of celebrity. These potentially heady themes are really beside the point of a movie that’s a hoot and knows it. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:12:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Lady in the Van (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4872 /reviews/4872 Though at times precious, Bennett’s sly script masks that deeply sentimental core with comic edge and a writer’s willful, mercenary remove. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:48:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Jungle Book (2016) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4906 /reviews/4906 Favreau and Marks have obviously put some thought into the film’s visual approach and the messages...: the animal kingdom’s unexpected threats and opportunities...the work Mowgli puts in to come of age...his casual kindheartedness... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:58:47 GMT Peter Canavese Miles Ahead (2015) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4905 /reviews/4905 Not everyone will agree with how Cheadle answers the key questions, but only a fool would say his take lacks creativity, heart, energy, and a gutsy willingness to take risks (as Davis says in the film, ‘Be wrong strong‘). Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:45:00 GMT Peter Canavese Demolition (2015) [ 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4904 /reviews/4904 The hero of the new dramedy Demolition at one point muses, ‘For some reason, everything’s becoming a metaphor.‘ Boy, you can say that again. Wed, 06 Apr 2016 07:46:00 GMT Peter Canavese