GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:15:34 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. We Are Your Friends (2015) [*] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4830 /reviews/4830 Does not miss its chance to blow...Every bit a screenwriter’s idea of what it takes to make it...while accidentally cultivating the pervading sense that real DJs would laugh their asses off at this movie and its endless dopey brodowns. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:32:00 GMT Peter Canavese American Ultra (2015) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4829 /reviews/4829 At times pokes fun at the genre‘s cliché in amusingly productive ways...More often than not, though, this conspiracy isn‘t the real deal, but rather an elaborate distraction. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:45:37 GMT Peter Canavese The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4828 /reviews/4828 [Not] played for cynical misanthropic laughs or as miserable tragedy, but...[in] an honest treatment devoid of the usual rush to judgment. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:21:00 GMT Peter Canavese Mistress America (2015) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4826 /reviews/4826 Like Brooke, the film flies a strange and arresting course: if not quite a screwball, then certainly a change-up pitch. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:49:40 GMT Peter Canavese The End of the Tour (2015) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4823 /reviews/4823 Its prismatic philosophical and cultural observation...offers plenty of angles on the true value of the subjective fictions and supposedly objective non-fictions some create and others consume. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:02:13 GMT Peter Canavese The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4822 /reviews/4822 Honors the original characters just fine, but the leads are lukewarm...the [action] mostly unmemorable ...and the split-the-difference jokey-serious tone errs...on the side of fashion-conscious and smug. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ricki and the Flash (2015) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4821 /reviews/4821 That special brand of La Streep mugging…here applied to the character of a hot-mess bar-band deadbeat mom…will wear you into submission until nothing else seems to matter. Except that it should. Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:22:18 GMT Peter Canavese Best of Enemies (2015) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4820 /reviews/4820 Like the debates it concerns, Best of Enemies entertains to a degree, enlightens to another, and asks us to ponder the relative merits of polar political ideologies and two complicated men who very publicly represented them. Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:08:00 GMT Peter Canavese Mission: Impossible…Rogue Nation (2015) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4819 /reviews/4819 McQuarrie doesn‘t make it easy to invest in the characters here, but paradoxically he does know how to make us grip our armrests as they face danger, and thus the mission is accomplished once more. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:49:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4818 /reviews/4818 Zimbardo insists he’s ‘trying to understand how an institution affects an individual’s behavior.‘ Alvarez’s own dark study, empowered by potent acting, allows the audience to contemplate the many variations on that psychological dynamic. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:17:41 GMT Peter Canavese Pixels (2015) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4817 /reviews/4817 Resembles its own remarks about predictable patterns in the circuitry of arcade games: here is a series of crass caricatures, obvious setups and payoffs (not to mention a woman problem...), further suffocated by overweening commercialism... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:30:30 GMT Peter Canavese Mr. Holmes (2015) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4814 /reviews/4814 McKellen dazzles...Mr. Holmes spins a tale about the falsely drawn lines between stories and our perceptions of real life, between celebrity image and genuine persona, and between upper and lower classes. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:53:09 GMT Peter Canavese Ant-Man (2015) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4815 /reviews/4815 With its playful use of scale, Ant-Man drops a dollop of Lewis Carroll whimsy on the usual clashes of good and evil. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:16:34 GMT Peter Canavese Minions (2015) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4813 /reviews/4813 The technical execution is strong...but the invention is weak...simply feels late to the party by spinning off sidekicks...as it trades on ‘60s style... Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:26:58 GMT Peter Canavese Batkid Begins (2015) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4812 /reviews/4812 Celebrates a city united for fun and goodwill, and the rare, pronounced sense of play and energy adults are capable of rediscovering, as do those who toil excitedly and hopefully to give Miles ‘a little bit of his childhood back.‘ Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:12:00 GMT Peter Canavese Terminator Genisys (2015) [*] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4807 /reviews/4807 Any senses of suspenseful stakes or human-scale relationships have turned weightless, leaving us with crashing and bashing, running and gunning, and a whole lot of head-scratching. The experience is utterly numbing... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese Max (2015) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4806 /reviews/4806 Links all-American patriotism with military righteousness, religious faith, and socially conservative family values...when Max isn’t leaping around, Max rolls over and plays dead. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:38:47 GMT Peter Canavese Inside Out (2015) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4803 /reviews/4803 Like a cross between Wreck-It Ralph and Mr. Rogers‘ Neighborhood, Inside Out dazzles while taking care to send positive messages about the roles of feelings and the value of recognizing and embracing them... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:37:00 GMT Peter Canavese Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4805 /reviews/4805 A disappointing ‘film‘ but, at least for its target audience of white middle-class teens (and probably their parents), a deeply satisfying ‘movie.‘ Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese Jurassic World (2015) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4804 /reviews/4804 The culture has had just enough time to miss this franchise, and director and co-screenwriter Colin Trevorrow...has met the challenges with an appealing self-awareness. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:02:00 GMT Peter Canavese