GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:16:25 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. The Equalizer (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4727 /reviews/4727 The star makes the film something like a guilty pleasure, but he and touches like the film-opening Mark Twain quotation form little more than a gilded cover wrapped around pure pulp. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:15:51 GMT Peter Canavese A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4728 /reviews/4728 What’s best about A Walk Among the Tombstones is atmospheric...What’s worst about the film is its sense of generic luridness... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese My Old Lady (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4726 /reviews/4726 How relevant or relatable viewers will find all this is questionable, but fans of the actors will take true pleasure in their tart verbal sparring... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:15:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Skeleton Twins (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4725 /reviews/4725 Wiig and Hader‘s shared history beautifully informs their entirely credible screen relationship, which can be as testy as it is loving, as distressingly haunted as it is funny... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:08:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Maze Runner (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4724 /reviews/4724 One could wish the picture were less thematically anemic...but there‘s something to be said for the nifty concept and pure adrenaline, when it kicks in. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:12 GMT Peter Canavese Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4723 /reviews/4723 Wait…is this a lesbian dolphin dating movie? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:29:49 GMT Peter Canavese The Last of Robin Hood (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4722 /reviews/4722 Technically qualifies as a true-crime tale, and seems to exist mostly out of a sense of marketable prurience: hallmarks of Lifetime’s infamous cable movies. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:55:36 GMT Peter Canavese The Trip to Italy (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4721 /reviews/4721 Comedy sequel The Trip to Italy is almost exactly like its predecessor The Trip, and for the most part, that‘s a good thing. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 03:12:03 GMT Peter Canavese Love Is Strange (2014) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4720 /reviews/4720 The film may seem to be doing very little, but it evinces great sensitivity...as it explores a universal theme of dealing with life‘s unexpected derailments and trying to get back on track. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 03:05:00 GMT Peter Canavese When the Game Stands Tall (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4719 /reviews/4719 We‘ve seen the ‘Full eyes, clear hearts, can‘t lose‘ ethic before on screen, and more winningly dramatized, but When the Game Stands Tall does a good, and family-friendly, job of encapsulating Ladouceur‘s ‘winning‘ approach... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:36:50 GMT Peter Canavese If I Stay (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4718 /reviews/4718 Shamelessly engineered and sappy, but swoony romantics (c‘mon, you know you are one!) may not much mind. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:31:32 GMT Peter Canavese Calvary (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4717 /reviews/4717 The resulting mystery-play-goes-mystery-movie allegory may have a heavy hand, but it also has its finger on the pulse of the struggles facing the [Catholic] Church and the emotional needs of its drifting parishioners. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:52:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Expendables 3 (2014) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4716 /reviews/4716 It‘s a bit like watching old friends drunkenly mud wrestle: it‘s good to see them, but not like this. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Giver (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4715 /reviews/4715 Too bad that this junior version of Fahrenheit 451 turned out drippy...It‘s odd to watch a film about the rediscovery of love, faith, passion, and color, and for the film to be so by-the-numbers colorless. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:23:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4714 /reviews/4714 This GMO hybrid of foodie drama, culture-clash comedy, travelogue, and romance gently establishes, in middlebrow just-go-with-it fashion, the tone of a fable. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:19:51 GMT Peter Canavese Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4713 /reviews/4713 To be fair, this isn‘t War and Peace. It‘s a movie with a nunchuk-wielding reptile standing over six feet tall, drooling over pizza, and making boner jokes about Megan Fox. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:14:00 GMT Peter Canavese Into the Storm (2014) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4712 /reviews/4712 It‘s ironic but true that Twister remains more palatable by being a consciously entertaining action fantasy, a cinematic roller-coaster, rather than a hellish ‘you are there‘ safari tour through death and destruction. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:08:29 GMT Peter Canavese Need for Speed (2014) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4656 /reviews/4656 Like throwing a pile of car parts at the wall to see what‘ll stick. Spoiler: nothing. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Magic in the Moonlight (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4711 /reviews/4711 While it‘s not unpleasant, this Magic disappointingly fails to capture the imagination. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:24:00 GMT Peter Canavese Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4709 /reviews/4709 Lurches along a bit awkwardly, but always with utterly dazzling visuals and a goofy gag at the ready. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:52:24 GMT Peter Canavese