GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:08:17 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Fading Gigolo (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4676 /reviews/4676 At times thuddingly earnest...at times, jazzily, goofily endearing...Turturro‘s romanticism keeps undercutting the humor before it has a chance to get satisfyingly irreverent. Call it comoedia interruptus. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:27:00 GMT Peter Canavese Boyhood (2014) [****] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4707 /reviews/4707 Cinematic poetry...As that greatest of screen rarities…a potentially mainstream experimental film…the writer-director earns a bit of slack in gratitude for the strange and wonderful gift Boyhood is... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:09:00 GMT Peter Canavese Operation Petticoat (1959) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4702 /reviews/4702 Hasn‘t aged especially well. Still, on the strength of Grant and co-lead Tony Curtis, Edwards‘ film remains a diverting enough escape from reality. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:20:08 GMT Peter Canavese Radio Days (1987) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4706 /reviews/4706 [A] ridiculously entertaining nostalgia exercise...Radio Days emerged from a highly fertile period for [Woody] Allen, and the film bubbles with creativity and Allen hallmarks. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:33:32 GMT Peter Canavese Le Week-End (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4705 /reviews/4705 Little satisfies more at the movies than the relatively cheap special effect catalyzed by putting together a couple of great actors and letting them (figuratively speaking) dance a lengthy pas de deux. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:02:15 GMT Peter Canavese Blue Ruin (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4700 /reviews/4700 A hauntingly memorable, even thoughtful shoot-‘em-up. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:54:02 GMT Peter Canavese Sex Tape (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4703 /reviews/4703 A sometimes amusing R-rated comedy that never quite hits the spot. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:39:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wish I Was Here (2014) [*] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4704 /reviews/4704 Were you to sit down and write a movie with the instruction that it be funny, sad, and inspirational, you‘re likely to come up with better ideas than...this tepid Generation X version of a James L. Brooks film. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:44:50 GMT Peter Canavese An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4701 /reviews/4701 Thrilling…you are there at the inception of Doctor Who!…and deeply poignant, sometimes at the same time...with actors like Bradley and Cox in place, it‘s difficult to imagine a better treatment. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:54:00 GMT Peter Canavese Rio 2 (2014) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4667 /reviews/4667 Rio was pretty generic to begin with, and the follow-up doesn‘t fly far from the nest...[it‘s the] vocally virtuosic amorous aria, ‘Poisonous Love,‘ that is the picture‘s hands-down highlight. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:22:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Hard Day‘s Night (1964) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4698 /reviews/4698 It‘s more than a movie; it‘s a key artifact (minus must or muss) of a cultural phenomenon. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:55:00 GMT Peter Canavese Tammy (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4697 /reviews/4697 McCarthy delivers another all-in performance, but so much so as to be more sad than funny much of the time. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:03:00 GMT Peter Canavese Third Person (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4696 /reviews/4696 The tasteful austerity of style and solid performances can‘t overcome a script that largely stands between emotional humanity and the viewer. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 04:08:00 GMT Peter Canavese Snowpiercer (2014) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4695 /reviews/4695 A movie-movie, with edgy cred and a vivid dystopian vision that, while ostensibly futuristic, speaks harshly to the class divide already defining us. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:22:00 GMT Peter Canavese Masters of Sex: Season One (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4694 /reviews/4694 Like Bill Condon‘s seriocomic film Kinsey, Masters of Sex takes a sociohistorical perspective on a subject of inherent fascination to us all. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:36:00 GMT Peter Canavese Star Trek: The Next Generation…Chain of Command (1992) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4693 /reviews/4693 Considerably ahead of the curve in taking on the character and meaning and consequences of torture as a fruitless and brutal human rights abuse...shows The Next Generation operating at the top of its game. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:58:01 GMT Peter Canavese Star Trek: The Next Generation…Season Six (1992) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4692 /reviews/4692 By its sixth season, Star Trek: The Next Generation had figured out how to maximize its cast and characters. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:11:00 GMT Peter Canavese Jersey Boys (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4691 /reviews/4691 Neither theatrical fish nor cinematic foul...literalized on film, the theatrical reduction of the [Four Seasons]’s story has an anemic complexion. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:21:00 GMT Peter Canavese Obvious Child (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4690 /reviews/4690 Robespierre has conceived something you don‘t see every day: a feminist rom-com that unapologetically allows its flawed protagonist to let it all hang out...But [it‘s] one of those pictures that‘s just good enough that you dearly wish it were better. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:12:37 GMT Peter Canavese 22 Jump Street (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4689 /reviews/4689 Purposely blurs the lines between the actors and their characters for ‘meta‘ gags, but it doesn‘t change what the movie is: just another dumb sequel. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 01:03:16 GMT Peter Canavese