GrouchoReviews.com http://grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:44:42 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5115 /reviews/5115 In what starts to feel like a ‘meta‘ running joke (or admission of creative exhaustion), the characters keep stumbling upon the leftovers of the earlier films... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Incredibles 2 (2018) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5114 /reviews/5114 Plays it safe...another issue of the Incredibles comic book, another big-scale adventure with full-throttle action sequences, a bit of mystery, and career complications testing the structural integrity of this nuclear family of superheroes. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ocean‘s Eight (2018) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5113 /reviews/5113 Ross brings a reasonably sure hand and plenty of eye candy to this slick, glitzy fantasy, which is no more or less than an amiable, star-powered trifle. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Paul Schrader…First Reformed, Auto Focus…4/6/2018 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/464 /interviews/464 ‘Why are we here? Where are we going? What will become of us?’ And for twenty or thirty thousand years, that’s been a hypothetical question…well, it’s no longer… Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese First Reformed (2018) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5112 /reviews/5112 It’s Schrader’s on-point filmmaking--a nouveau spin on the spiritual films, character studies, and transcendental style of cinematic Old Masters like Bergman and Bresson--that functions as what Toller calls ‘another form of prayer.‘ Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5111 /reviews/5111 Like estimations of how many parsecs it takes to make the Kessel Run, your mileage may vary when it comes to Solo: A Star Wars Story. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Life of the Party (2018) [*] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5109 /reviews/5109 Since Life of the Party shows little interest in investigating the satiric possibilities of the two-decade cultural gap in play, or a weirdly one-sided May-December romance, the movie wafts into disposable irrelevance long before the credits roll Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Rider (2018) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5110 /reviews/5110 The Rider acknowledges the tender side of masculinity, of brotherly love and supportive friendship, but also recognizes the damage men can inflict on themselves and others just by trying to be men. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Avengers: Infinity War (2018) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5108 /reviews/5108 [Spoiler-free review:] Marvel’s superhero movies may not run the risk of being called ‘elegant,‘ but they’re sure as hell sturdy, well-built popcorn flicks that send audiences out unequivocally satisfied. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Jason Isaacs…The Death of Stalin, Star Trek: Discovery, Harry Potter…4/22/2018 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/465 /interviews/465 You can‘t sprinkle perfume on a turd...You can‘t make a bad script into a good story. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Lean on Pete (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5107 /reviews/5107 The animal holds a mirror up to the human protagonist...how prone youth can be on the cusp of adulthood, how reckless when desperate or threatened, how vulnerably pure of heart. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese You Were Never Really Here (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5106 /reviews/5106 Ramsay’s limber direction and another phenomenal leading performance by Joaquin Phoenix lend the material an aching sensitivity and an arrhythmic but persistent heartbeat. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Quiet Place (2018) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5105 /reviews/5105 There’s plenty...that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny and even more that feels conspicuously derivative. But tell that to your pants as you pee them. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Michael Mayer…The Seagull…April 29, 2018 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/462 /interviews/462 For most of my life, I really identified with Constantin...but through the years, I‘ve probably become more of a Trigorin. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ready Player One (2018) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5104 /reviews/5104 Conjures plenty of empty spectacle...but doesn’t underpin it with characters that move beyond the generic or, more crucially, the productively sharp satire that just maybe could have saved this ain’t-it-cool story from itself.  Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Death of Stalin (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5103 /reviews/5103 Tales of the venal, the selfish, and the desperate, lurking--when not preening--in the halls of power. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Tomb Raider (2018) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5102 /reviews/5102 One can see the wheels turning, literally and figuratively... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Armando Iannucci…The Death of Stalin…3/12/2018 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/461 /interviews/461 The comedy‘s suddenly different. The jokes are more about crazy behavior, paranoia, and hysteria. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Wrinkle in Time (2018) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5101 /reviews/5101 Galumphing narrative and flatfooted whimsy...a downright awkward kiddie blockbuster.   Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Andrew Haigh…Lean on Pete, Looking, Weekend…3/5/2018 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/466 /interviews/466 I think most of us are trying to find things to not be alone...we all need so much to be loved. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Red Sparrow (2018) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5100 /reviews/5100 A guy’s fantasy of an empowered woman’s story. She’s smart! She’s capable! She’s sexy! She’s nude! She’s degraded! Wait... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Game Night (2018) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5099 /reviews/5099 Just manages to sustain its ‘is it real or is it a game?‘ tension through to its climactic twists. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Black Panther (2018) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5096 /reviews/5096 Boilerplate Marvel, with a sleek, colorful look, cheeky humor, and familiar action beats...But Coogler brings enough to the table for a fresh vision, broadly appealing as well as inspirational in its representation for black audiences and women. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Peter Rabbit (2018) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5098 /reviews/5098 This Peter is...the Ferris Bueller of rabbits. As such, many will love him, and many will find his zany wisecracks, blatant selfishness, and borderline amorality repulsive. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5097 /reviews/5097 McDonagh’s admirable shading of ostensible heroes and villains backfires as character inconsistency...Nevertheless, Three Billboards wickedly entertains and provokes... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2017 Top 10 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/259 /features/259 The Year‘s Best Films               1. The Florida Project Sean Baker’s follow-up to the stylish, street-level Tangerine is the sort of film that sticks with you, whether you like it or not. In part a tribute to The Little Rascals, The Florida Project works on that level alone, with a low... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2016 Top 10 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/258 /features/258 The Year‘s Best Films               1. Moonlight  In skillfully adapting Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unproduced play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, writer-director Barry Jenkins shows a deep curiosity about one person’s development and inner life. We see this person grow from boy to teen... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/257 /features/257 Thanks to prime mover Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, San Jose now has its own “Comic-Con“: the Silicon Valley Comic Con. San Jose has been home to many science-fiction/film and TV/comic-themed toy shows or conventions over the years (many of us still have fond memories of TimeCon at the old San Jose Convention Center), some of them pretty rink... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2015 Top 10 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/256 /features/256 The Year‘s Best Films                     1. Chi-Raq  The right film at the right time, Spike Lee’s latest is his most creatively fertile and socially immediate narrative feature in years. A grabber from its opening sequence, a lyric video for Nick Cannon’s gut-punching... Thu, 01 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) http://grouchoreviews.com/features/255 /features/255 SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST CAPSULE REVIEWS! By my count, this year‘s San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) features 58 narrative features, one for every year in the fest‘s history. That‘s on top of 34 documentary features, 6 shorts programs, and a panoply of awards presentations/tributes, live performance events, lectu... Thu, 01 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese