GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Sat, 30 Aug 2014 03:23:13 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. 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 Lucy (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4708 /reviews/4708 Besson reminds us how limber he can be...The material is always cheeky in its sense of humor and stylistic and cultural allusions...and frequently, if not fundamentally, provocative... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese Fading Gigolo (2014) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] 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