GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:17:15 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Black or White (2015) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4765 /reviews/4765 Sorting through prejudices and nuances of racial perception occasionally takes Black or White into intriguing territory...[more often] a rather mushily obvious, TV-movie-style courtroom drama built on straw-man arguments. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:36:52 GMT Peter Canavese Two Days, One Night (2014) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4764 /reviews/4764 Cotillard‘s heartbreakingly raw work carries the day, as she fleshes out both Sandra‘s suffering and emotional endurance on a journey of discovery that the latter, not the former, defines her. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:55:57 GMT Peter Canavese Still Alice (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4762 /reviews/4762 Still still hums with humanity in the person of Moore, whose towering performance shows a staggering technical proficiency while never losing a whit of emotional resonance. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:11:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Most Violent Year (2014) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4763 /reviews/4763 An unsettling examination of moral drift, over a year in the life of a man and a generation in the life of a country. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:10:00 GMT Peter Canavese American Sniper (2015) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4761 /reviews/4761 Iraq warrior biopic American Sniper, about the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, affords Eastwood another opportunity to wrestle with the way of the gun, but one that gets mired in military hero worship. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:47:47 GMT Peter Canavese Mr. Turner (2014) [****] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4760 /reviews/4760 Revives an era in astonishing, delicate detail, then moves through the space with a documentarian‘s eye. Leigh takes Turner out of art history and puts him back in the world. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 18:41:00 GMT Peter Canavese Inherent Vice (2015) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4759 /reviews/4759 The plot is a sideshow to Inherent Vice‘s luxuriant atmosphere, cracked sense of humor, and idiosyncratic characterization. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:22:04 GMT Peter Canavese Selma (2015) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4758 /reviews/4758 Selma is wet paint Americans (especially young ones) had probably best watch dry, as we remember the past and contemplate where the country goes from here. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:13:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Interview (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4756 /reviews/4756 Determinedly silly...[but the] undisciplined frat-bro comedy‘s accumulation of innuendos, boner jokes, gay jokes, and gags that tread through racist and misogynist territory works out to less than the sum of the juvenile parts. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:55:00 GMT Peter Canavese Into the Woods (2014) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4755 /reviews/4755 Mutlilayered...Though any film adaptation of a classic musical is bound to be a mixed bag, Sondheim fans have dodged another bullet here with this impressive transplant, one that retains the play‘s complicated moral character along with most of its music. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:56:00 GMT Peter Canavese Unbroken (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4754 /reviews/4754 Ultimately the lesson of Unbroken seems to be this: Louis Zamperini suffered horribly for America, so the least you can do is watch this movie about it. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Big Eyes (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4753 /reviews/4753 Burton pokes fun at Keane‘s art, but he kids because he loves, and Big Eyes productively asks the question of whether the paintings are art or kitsch (probable answer: both). Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:43:05 GMT Peter Canavese The Gambler (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4752 /reviews/4752 The extent to which The Gambler may intentionally or unintentionally glamorize or romanticize gambling does raise concerns, but...[the film] remains a study in the self-destructive personality. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4751 /reviews/4751 Narratively bereft...thematically redundant...[but] fans of the series and fanboy grumblers may have to agree that The Battle of the Five Armies is often entertaining. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:10:51 GMT Peter Canavese The Imitation Game (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4750 /reviews/4750 Serviceably dramatizes an important historical story while giving rising star Cumberbatch suitably juicy material. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:58:27 GMT Peter Canavese Top Five (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4749 /reviews/4749 Were Top Five more deeply felt and less by-the-numbers, Rock might have avoided the impression of a long-winded, self-massaging fantasy about reclaiming authenticity... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 04:04:13 GMT Peter Canavese Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4748 /reviews/4748 A biblical epic in 2014 is a strange beast indeed, walking a fine line in the hopes of pleasing both the faithful...and those audiences more accustomed to secular myths. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wild (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4747 /reviews/4747 A satisfying excursion, a secular but spiritual journey of self-discovery. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:49:17 GMT Peter Canavese Foxcatcher (2014) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4746 /reviews/4746 Quietly but firmly interprets the disturbing story of millionaire John du Pont through bifocal lenses of American dreaming and the sexual fantasies made accessible by wealth. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Penguins of Madagascar (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4745 /reviews/4745 Will probably divert kids with ease, given its manic exertion and pace...[but] we find out the hard way that these waddlers are better in small doses. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:38:32 GMT Peter Canavese