GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:31:19 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. 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 Molly‘s Game (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5091 /reviews/5091 Sorkin’s flair for whip-crack dialogue, structural shenanigans, and character chemistry remains a winningly shameless three-ring circus for the screen, and his thoroughly excellent ensemble help to distract from his infamous artifice. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese All the Money in the World (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5090 /reviews/5090 Much in it is invented or misrepresented...more easily forgiveable if the film had any subtlety or depth, but this ain’t that kind of party: it’s a wannabe thriller that unnecessarily stretches its running time along with the truth. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Call Me by Your Name (2017) [****] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5089 /reviews/5089 Guadagnino has coaxed from his cast a film unmatched this year for lifelike rhythms and attention to human behavior. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5088 /reviews/5088 [SPOILER-FREE REVIEW:] Johnson sticks with the Star Wars house style and seems pleased to have the opportunity to inspire children with this story of overcoming inner conflict to become one’s best self, the key ingredient being hope. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Disaster Artist (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5087 /reviews/5087 Like the hilariously inept melodrama of The Room itself, Tommy Wiseau offers Franco a gold mine of oddities. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Lady Bird (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5086 /reviews/5086 Lady Bird’s unvarnished, unglamorized high-school drama has the quirky humor one expects from Gerwig...Ultimately, it’s a mother-daughter love story, replete with the tribulations of painful individuation. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Coco (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5085 /reviews/5085 A harmonious set of themes, about vocation and ambition...the role of family...and the meanings of life and death. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Justice League (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5084 /reviews/5084 These comic-book cinematic universes...train audiences to see the forest for the trees...Enjoy the trees. For the forest is a tad gnarly. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Daddy‘s Home Two (2017) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5083 /reviews/5083 Only insurance premiums can say whether we’re in for a Daddy’s Home 3 that adds Dick Van Dyke as Lithgow’s dad and Clint Eastwood as Gibson’s dad. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Thor Ragnarok (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5082 /reviews/5082 A rollicking comedy...Waititi revs up this vehicle for a wild ride... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wonderstruck (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5081 /reviews/5081 On balance, Wonderstruck should capture the imaginations of precocious kids up for something a little deeper than usual. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Only the Brave (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5080 /reviews/5080 An old-fashioned action-adventure story with star performances, given a sacred tinge by its real-life roots. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Columbus (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5079 /reviews/5079 Kogonada’s cleverly integrated use of the architecture, beautifully framed from visual and narrative standpoints, lends his freshman feature a sense of modernist mastery... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese