GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 21:24:22 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Retrograde (2022) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5277 /reviews/5277 History on film. Well edited, bleak...vital journalism. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese My Best Friend‘s Exorcism (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5276 /reviews/5276 Charmingly and frighteningly nostalgic, touching on feminist social satire. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Greatest Beer Run Ever (2022) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5275 /reviews/5275 Tonally shifty, overlong, repetitive and as history simplistic, but well-made and an interesting effort to reach across the aisle from the socially liberal to the socially conservative. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese God‘s Creatures (2022) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5274 /reviews/5274 A deliberately paced, bleak, and unsettling morality play that never really gets much traction, spins its heels, and ultimately fails to find a way to make its material interesting. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hellraiser (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5273 /reviews/5273 Not as hardcore as the in-your-face, bloody, gory, sweaty, dirty, puss-y, oozing, festering, nightmarish 1987 original, but still honors Clive Barker‘s concept with a stronger, more-interested-in-world-building narrative. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Catherine Called Birdy (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5268 /reviews/5268 Pretty low-key but enjoyable enough medieval coming-of-age comedy boasts a cheeky, naughty sense of humor and a period story complicated by class and the limited mobility of gender. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Meet Cute (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5267 /reviews/5267 A sci-fi romantic light comedy anchored by two charming lead performances which is less interested in laughs than it is in presenting an allegory of damaged people trying to hold on to love and happiness. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hocus Pocus 2 (2022) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5266 /reviews/5266 Marginally improved...and Midler, Parker and Najimy still play their characters with the hammy gusto of 1966 Batman villains. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Story of Film: A New Generation (2022) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5265 /reviews/5265 If you love movies, you definitely want to be in this discussion. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese See How They Run (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5264 /reviews/5264 A spirited, meta, frothy and amusingly arch mystery comedy for theater nerds with a snappy script and a smashing cast. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Silent Twins (2022) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5263 /reviews/5263 Effective in its refusal to spell out diagnoses or adopt a specific analytic take. Instead, it invites interpretation. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese God‘s Country (2022) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5262 /reviews/5262 A dark, timely and endlessly fascinating mood piece. Thandiwe Newton is perfection in a deep-dive character study that explores several interesting triangular conflicts. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Sidney (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5261 /reviews/5261 Perhaps the definitive documentary on Sidney Poitier, touching upon his cultural significance and challenging position as a transitional and transformative cultural figure. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Buried (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5260 /reviews/5260 A highly interesting document of a pretty potent story told in its entirety. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Goodnight Mommy (2022) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5259 /reviews/5259 A mixed bag, but there are definitely moments where the performances, direction and photography sync up for an effectively moody atmosphere. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Blonde (2022) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5258 /reviews/5258 Bold, indulgent, polarizing, poetic, rapturous and artfully made but also an epic-length torment, like the secular The Passion Of The Christ. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Woman King (2022) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5257 /reviews/5257 The diffuse storytelling somewhat dilutes the film‘s themes but Viola Davis, a Terence Blanchard score and an inherently interesting milieu are all good reasons to see it. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Confess, Fletch (2022) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5256 /reviews/5256 A triumphant re-thinking of the Fletch franchise with a flat-out great script, confident direction and a stand-out star performance. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Clerks III (2022) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5255 /reviews/5255 The weakest of the three. It fails at taking its own emotional logic that seriously; the drama is embarrassingly schmaltzy and the humor hacky. Feels like a parody of itself. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Private Desert (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5254 /reviews/5254 A melancholic and poetic queer romance that teases out some interesting ambiguities about the nature of the story‘s relationship. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese