GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:05:03 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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