GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:35:49 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Magic in the Moonlight (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4711 /reviews/4711 While it‘s not unpleasant, this Magic disappointingly fails to capture the imagination. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:24:00 GMT Peter Canavese Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4709 /reviews/4709 Lurches along a bit awkwardly, but always with utterly dazzling visuals and a goofy gag at the ready. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:52:24 GMT Peter Canavese Lucy (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4708 /reviews/4708 Besson reminds us how limber he can be...The material is always cheeky in its sense of humor and stylistic and cultural allusions...and frequently, if not fundamentally, provocative... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese Fading Gigolo (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4676 /reviews/4676 At times thuddingly earnest...at times, jazzily, goofily endearing...Turturro‘s romanticism keeps undercutting the humor before it has a chance to get satisfyingly irreverent. Call it comoedia interruptus. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:27:00 GMT Peter Canavese Boyhood (2014) [****] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4707 /reviews/4707 Cinematic poetry...As that greatest of screen rarities…a potentially mainstream experimental film…the writer-director earns a bit of slack in gratitude for the strange and wonderful gift Boyhood is... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:09:00 GMT Peter Canavese Sex Tape (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4703 /reviews/4703 A sometimes amusing R-rated comedy that never quite hits the spot. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:39:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wish I Was Here (2014) [*] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4704 /reviews/4704 Were you to sit down and write a movie with the instruction that it be funny, sad, and inspirational, you‘re likely to come up with better ideas than...this tepid Generation X version of a James L. Brooks film. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:44:50 GMT Peter Canavese Tammy (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4697 /reviews/4697 McCarthy delivers another all-in performance, but so much so as to be more sad than funny much of the time. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:03:00 GMT Peter Canavese Third Person (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4696 /reviews/4696 The tasteful austerity of style and solid performances can‘t overcome a script that largely stands between emotional humanity and the viewer. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 04:08:00 GMT Peter Canavese Snowpiercer (2014) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4695 /reviews/4695 A movie-movie, with edgy cred and a vivid dystopian vision that, while ostensibly futuristic, speaks harshly to the class divide already defining us. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:22:00 GMT Peter Canavese Jersey Boys (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4691 /reviews/4691 Neither theatrical fish nor cinematic foul...literalized on film, the theatrical reduction of the [Four Seasons]’s story has an anemic complexion. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:21:00 GMT Peter Canavese Obvious Child (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4690 /reviews/4690 Robespierre has conceived something you don‘t see every day: a feminist rom-com that unapologetically allows its flawed protagonist to let it all hang out...But [it‘s] one of those pictures that‘s just good enough that you dearly wish it were better. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:12:37 GMT Peter Canavese 22 Jump Street (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4689 /reviews/4689 Purposely blurs the lines between the actors and their characters for ‘meta‘ gags, but it doesn‘t change what the movie is: just another dumb sequel. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 01:03:16 GMT Peter Canavese How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4688 /reviews/4688 While delivering the epic goods, the How to Train Your Dragon franchise continues to keep its eye on helping kids become better people, and that‘s a cause worth fighting for. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:39:43 GMT Peter Canavese Edge of Tomorrow (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4687 /reviews/4687 A fairly eye-popping futuristic war story with a clever (to a point) structure. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:12:10 GMT Peter Canavese Maleficent (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4686 /reviews/4686 Almost certainly wouldn‘t have been made were it not for Angelina Jolie, whose extraordinarily striking presence recalls the Old Hollywood potency of Garbo. If only the film around Jolie were worthy of her. Fri, 30 May 2014 04:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4685 /reviews/4685 Within spitting distance of good...lesser than the sum of its parts due to deficits of ambition, invention and commitment. Fri, 30 May 2014 04:21:20 GMT Peter Canavese Driving Miss Daisy (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4683 /reviews/4683 This otherwise wispy two-hander-plus-one could easily collapse under a sociopolitical weight it isn‘t all that interested in lifting...so it‘s no surprise that the play has returned very much as a star vehicle, with old-pro actors... Tue, 27 May 2014 15:56:00 GMT Peter Canavese X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4681 /reviews/4681 What makes [it] more than just a thrilling science-fiction actioner is the past-present poignancy allowed by time travel and astral projection, indulging everyone‘s fantasy of telling a younger self what he or she needs to hear. Thu, 22 May 2014 04:07:27 GMT Peter Canavese Blended (2014) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4682 /reviews/4682 Purees your brain for two hours...proudly and pointedly credited as ‘A Frank Coraci Movie‘…not a film, y’hear? Nerd-os, go home! Wed, 21 May 2014 05:19:00 GMT Peter Canavese