GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 20 Jul 2018 02:38:28 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. The Equalizer 2 (2018) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5119 /reviews/5119 Suggests intriguing questions about the moral and ethical imperatives of justice...answers these questions with an Old Testament zeal: evil must be smitten by self-appointed good men. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5118 /reviews/5118 This is the kind of lackluster animated movie at which you’ll lose count of how many times the characters randomly break into dance--and that’s in addition to the...not one but two dance parties incorporated into the plot. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5117 /reviews/5117 A good time at the movies... If the first film felt more carefully laid out, the sequel succeeds in stoking some Pixar-style emotion in its family dynamics... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5116 /reviews/5116 A straight procedural, consumed by its plot at the expense of thematic nuance. Nevertheless...a darkly compelling reminder of the multifaceted folly of our War on Drugs. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese 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 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 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