GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 05:40:12 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Pain and Glory (2019) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5182 /reviews/5182 The filmmaker contemplating his own creation as a man and an artist...plays as a poetic remembrance of things past, a reconciliation of self, powerfully capturing the emotional essence of keenly formative experiences and deep loves. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Joker (2019) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5181 /reviews/5181 Joker isn’t the film to seriously tackle the issue[s]--it‘s more concerned with flair than genuine inquiry--but Phoenix’s pained, raw-nerve performance is one for the ages. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5180 /reviews/5180 A primer...proves most valuable by gathering a number of Miles’ friends, lovers, musical collaborators, admirers, and musicologists...to share their recollections and perspectives on Davis, his musicality, and his personality. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Downton Abbey (2019) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5177 /reviews/5177 Forgive me for suggesting that Conservative peer Fellowes…or, as he’s sometimes known, Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford DL…might consider Downton the cake he’s letting us eat. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5179 /reviews/5179 A deeply moving story of a remarkable woman, its only real fault an arguable virtue: adhering to the old showbiz adage of leaving the audience wanting more. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Official Secrets (2019) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5178 /reviews/5178 It’s a story worth shining a light on, Gun a hero deserving of a movie-star moment. And yet this docudrama struggles to give feature-length narrative shape to the story in a way that brings it to vibrant dramatic life.  Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ready or Not (2019) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5176 /reviews/5176 Thin characters...thinner satire...maybe best to think of Ready or Not not as trolling us but as gifting us a mosh pit for primal-scream therapy. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Where‘d You Go, Bernadette (2019) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5175 /reviews/5175 The film’s darkest-before-the-dawn middle passage honors the complexity of mental-health struggles for the sufferer and those who, unsure at every step, try to steer their troubled loved one down a path to healing. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Luce (2019) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5174 /reviews/5174 Luce primarily concerns itself with African-American identity, plagued by withering lowdown stereotypes and polar-opposite pressures...In some ways, the film’s subtle political satire proves even more distressing. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Kitchen (2019) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5173 /reviews/5173 Because of its hurried pacing, the film doesn’t quite make us feel the potentially Shakespearean sweep of this arc, and the leading performances feel similarly hemmed in by the script’s limitations.  Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Farewell (2019) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5172 /reviews/5172 The setup makes for genuinely amusing light farce, but in their patient observation, Wang and cinematographer Anna Franquesa Solano conjure a heartfelt intimacy with the family...[and] the actors always offer up finely etched emotional truths... Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood (2019) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5171 /reviews/5171 Content finally joined by the movie gods to form…for at last, the moving-picture magpie has lighted on Hollywood as his setting and, in no small part, his subject. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Stuber (2019) [*] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5170 /reviews/5170 Unexciting action and unfunny comedy...Bautista and Nanjiani have star power, and could’ve made a buddy comedy work, but not with this script and this little help behind the camera. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Maiden (2019) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5169 /reviews/5169 This Maiden voyage’s degrees of heroism and ugly behavior, of victory and defeat, illuminate a gripping and inspiring story that demands to be remembered. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5168 /reviews/5168 Marvel deserves credit for the ways it has so far managed to freshen up formula, harness genres to its purposes, and hold a mirror up to contemporary society. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Yesterday (2019) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5167 /reviews/5167 Make the mistake of considering this feature-length stunt’s many logical fumbles and obvious but ignored questions, and you’re likely to get angry... All you need is love...and a better script. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Toy Story 4 (2019) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5166 /reviews/5166 At a moment when studios and pundits have begun again to question the efficacy of sequels, Pixar’s graceful follow-up justifies the practice, when executed with smarts and heart.  Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Men in Black: International (2019) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5165 /reviews/5165 Outside of the win for representation represented by the likeable Tessa Thompson’s leading role, there’s no creatively compelling reason to tell this story, which...drags on seventeen minutes longer than the 1997 original. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Crystal City (2019) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5164 /reviews/5164 Potent... Crawford‘s empathy and care for his subjects shine through, inevitably taking the audience on an emotional journey. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5163 /reviews/5163 The CGI creatures impress…a star is reborn in Mothra...It’s just unfortunate that the picture as a whole lumbers a lot like its forty-story star. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese