GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 19 May 2017 23:41:02 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. 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 The Boss Baby (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5049 /reviews/5049 Fairly one-note in its humor, and not as lively as you would assume it would be [but with] all-around strong voice work and a predictably sweet message about sharing the love...it’s all, as they say, good enough for government work. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Last Word (2017) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5047 /reviews/5047 A serious case of the cutes...Pellington knows his movie is more or less bad, but Shirley there’s an audience for it. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Personal Shopper (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5046 /reviews/5046 A meditation about our own ephemerality on this supposedly corporeal plane. In the end, the truly inescapable horrors are, sure, okay, death, but also living with one’s own mind and the uncertainties of human existence. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Sing (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5045 /reviews/5045 Sing is pleasant enough...but scrutinize it, and you‘ll find that it‘s neither very musically accomplished nor very funny. The tone is bright and colorful but still evinces a kind of joyless duty... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Beauty and the Beast (2017) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5043 /reviews/5043 Pound for pound, scene for scene, there’s not a sequence here that the original film doesn’t execute better in the clean lines of hand-drawn animation and the crisp vocals of the original cast. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Being 17 (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5044 /reviews/5044 Its emotional beats strike honest notes, well played by the actors in the clutch moments...Téchiné and Sciamma prove that there is, in truth, beauty, as in youth and mountain greenery, as in nature‘s need and human nature‘s desire. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese