GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:27:13 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5088 /reviews/5088 [SPOILER-FREE REVIEW:] Johnson sticks with the Star Wars house style and seems pleased to have the opportunity to inspire children with this story of overcoming inner conflict to become one’s best self, the key ingredient being hope. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Disaster Artist (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5087 /reviews/5087 Like the hilariously inept melodrama of The Room itself, Tommy Wiseau offers Franco a gold mine of oddities. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Lady Bird (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5086 /reviews/5086 Lady Bird’s unvarnished, unglamorized high-school drama has the quirky humor one expects from Gerwig...Ultimately, it’s a mother-daughter love story, replete with the tribulations of painful individuation. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Coco (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5085 /reviews/5085 A harmonious set of themes, about vocation and ambition...the role of family...and the meanings of life and death. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Justice League (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5084 /reviews/5084 These comic-book cinematic universes...train audiences to see the forest for the trees...Enjoy the trees. For the forest is a tad gnarly. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Daddy‘s Home Two (2017) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5083 /reviews/5083 Only insurance premiums can say whether we’re in for a Daddy’s Home 3 that adds Dick Van Dyke as Lithgow’s dad and Clint Eastwood as Gibson’s dad. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Thor Ragnarok (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5082 /reviews/5082 A rollicking comedy...Waititi revs up this vehicle for a wild ride... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wonderstruck (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5081 /reviews/5081 On balance, Wonderstruck should capture the imaginations of precocious kids up for something a little deeper than usual. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Only the Brave (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5080 /reviews/5080 An old-fashioned action-adventure story with star performances, given a sacred tinge by its real-life roots. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Columbus (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5079 /reviews/5079 Kogonada’s cleverly integrated use of the architecture, beautifully framed from visual and narrative standpoints, lends his freshman feature a sense of modernist mastery... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Blade Runner 2049 (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5078 /reviews/5078 A strange and beautiful beast indeed, Blade Runner 2049 is a science-fiction epic for adults, somehow released in 2017...Blade Runner 2049 dreams big. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese American Made (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5077 /reviews/5077 Seal’s story is a fascinating one worth investigating...As played by Cruise, he’s like Maverick gone to seed. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Stronger (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5076 /reviews/5076 Catches one off guard with the characters’ open-hearted gestures under duress...feels as if it single-handedly restores humanity to the movies. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese American Assassin (2017) [ 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5075 /reviews/5075 Has a mindset trapped in the 1980s, when Chuck Norris ruled the roost of disposable shoot-em-ups. This repulsive macho fantasy seems expressly designed to appeal to the readers of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese It (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5074 /reviews/5074 Strong performances and production carry the day. This pop culture psychodrama still works, and linked up to its pending sequel should add up to a bit more than the sum of its parts. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Trip to Spain (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5073 /reviews/5073 If the dish has lost its pizazz, it remains comfort food for comedy connoisseurs. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Annabelle: Creation (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5071 /reviews/5071 On paper, Annabelle: Creation lays out lazy character development and logic, but on screen, it gets the job done more often than not as an unpretentious talk-back-to-the-screen audience picture. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Landline (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5069 /reviews/5069 Slate cements her status as a kind of later-day Lucille Ball, gifted in physical comedy and possessed of a dithering combination of smarts and free-flowing emotion. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Dunkirk (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5068 /reviews/5068 Rigorously staged and artfully photographed...Christopher Nolan applies his trademark ingenuity and clockwork precision to an otherwise straightforward story. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5067 /reviews/5067 Evokes the sort of tough-minded historical war drama John Milius used to write, with an eye on what war can do to the individual. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese