GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:57:48 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. 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 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 Kong: Skull Island (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5042 /reviews/5042 Builds to the fulfillment of the ‘MonsterVerse‘ promise (further teased in a post-credits scene) of monster-on-monster action...It‘s all very silly...and also a kind of bruising primordial thrill ride. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Get Out (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5041 /reviews/5041 What‘s most interesting about Get Out is how it taps into the same idea to fuel both its comedy and horror: the recognition of social truths. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Logan (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5039 /reviews/5039 There‘s a resonant motif in Logan that times have changed for the worst, but this dystopian world revives the humanity in these characters, a development that‘s all for the best. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Cure For Wellness (2016) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5036 /reviews/5036 Distinctive, invigorating creativity at work...far from perfect, but this treat for the eyes with ideas to consider feels like a miracle of a movie by offering so much more than we expect from the jump-scare horror to which we’ve resigned ourselves. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5033 /reviews/5033 Makes the case for the Wick franchise as a kind of bizarro James Bond...This antihero may not be licensed to kill, but now he lives in a similarly slick universe of action fantasy and exotic settings. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5032 /reviews/5032 Full to bursting with Easter Eggs for longtime Batman fans...Zany, frantically paced, and busy, busy, busy. For some, that...will be a bit exhausting, especially in brain-fatiguing LEGO-construction-block animation. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Space Between Us (2017) [* 1/2] 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 The Comedian (2016) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5030 /reviews/5030 Surprise, this is a romantic comedy...this stand-up gives you no reason to sit down. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Dog‘s Purpose (2017) [*] 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 Gold (2016) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5028 /reviews/5028 In its broader themes of ‘selling a story‘ to investors and the blinding power of money, Gold has little new to offer, but in its particulars...finds deposits rich enough to make the trip worthwhile. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Founder (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5022 /reviews/5022 Call it ‘Big Mac-beth.‘ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Silence (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5020 /reviews/5020 Slow going...But Silence also represents consummate filmmaking. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Patriots Day (2016) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5019 /reviews/5019 ‘Terror bad. Boston strong.‘ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hidden Figures (2016) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5018 /reviews/5018 Could hardly be more historically important, culturally significant, or inspirational, and as a PG-rated film, it’s especially valuable as a STEM education boost for young girls.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Monster Calls (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5017 /reviews/5017 There’s a simple power to the clean lines of Ness’ story, and it’s greatly amplified by the work of the actors.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Why Him? (2016) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5016 /reviews/5016 Nothing if not formulaic, but it has its passing charms...Ultimately, the hacky plot (partly credited to Franco’s buddy Jonah Hill) is also too primal not to work... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese