GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Tue, 22 May 2018 17:21:26 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. 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 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 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 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 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 Hostiles (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5095 /reviews/5095 A contrived but effective parable of the American West, its painful legacy, and small measures of redemption...But our focus frustratingly remains on the white people and Blocker’s struggle to reach empathy... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Phantom Thread (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5094 /reviews/5094 Work[s] out some timely issues of the runaway male ego, the dubious excuse of great art for grotesque personality, and the shock and awe attendant to the select few who can see through genius and, for better or for worse, cut to the quick. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Post (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5093 /reviews/5093 The heroic journalism depicted in The Post could hardly be more timely, it’s true, but Spielberg’s take rarely achieves dramatic traction. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Fail State (2018) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5092 /reviews/5092 Takes a cogent look at the issues, making comprehensible the complex history of American higher education, the government‘s shifting role in supporting it, and the increasingly corporate exploitation of the American-dreaming underclass. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese