GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://production.grouchoreviews.com/ Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:48:19 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Mission: Impossible…Rogue Nation (2015) [** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4819 /reviews/4819 McQuarrie doesn‘t make it easy to invest in the characters here, but paradoxically he does know how to make us grip our armrests as they face danger, and thus the mission is accomplished once more. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:49:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) [***] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4818 /reviews/4818 Zimbardo insists he’s ‘trying to understand how an institution affects an individual’s behavior.‘ Alvarez’s own dark study, empowered by potent acting, allows the audience to contemplate the many variations on that psychological dynamic. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:17:41 GMT Peter Canavese Pixels (2015) [* 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4817 /reviews/4817 Resembles its own remarks about predictable patterns in the circuitry of arcade games: here is a series of crass caricatures, obvious setups and payoffs (not to mention a woman problem...), further suffocated by overweening commercialism... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:30:30 GMT Peter Canavese Mr. Holmes (2015) [*** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4814 /reviews/4814 McKellen dazzles...Mr. Holmes spins a tale about the falsely drawn lines between stories and our perceptions of real life, between celebrity image and genuine persona, and between upper and lower classes. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:53:09 GMT Peter Canavese Ant-Man (2015) [***] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4815 /reviews/4815 With its playful use of scale, Ant-Man drops a dollop of Lewis Carroll whimsy on the usual clashes of good and evil. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:16:34 GMT Peter Canavese Minions (2015) [**] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4813 /reviews/4813 The technical execution is strong...but the invention is weak...simply feels late to the party by spinning off sidekicks...as it trades on ‘60s style... Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:26:58 GMT Peter Canavese Batkid Begins (2015) [***] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4812 /reviews/4812 Celebrates a city united for fun and goodwill, and the rare, pronounced sense of play and energy adults are capable of rediscovering, as do those who toil excitedly and hopefully to give Miles ‘a little bit of his childhood back.‘ Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:12:00 GMT Peter Canavese Terminator Genisys (2015) [*] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4807 /reviews/4807 Any senses of suspenseful stakes or human-scale relationships have turned weightless, leaving us with crashing and bashing, running and gunning, and a whole lot of head-scratching. The experience is utterly numbing... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese Max (2015) [* 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4806 /reviews/4806 Links all-American patriotism with military righteousness, religious faith, and socially conservative family values...when Max isn’t leaping around, Max rolls over and plays dead. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:38:47 GMT Peter Canavese Inside Out (2015) [*** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4803 /reviews/4803 Like a cross between Wreck-It Ralph and Mr. Rogers‘ Neighborhood, Inside Out dazzles while taking care to send positive messages about the roles of feelings and the value of recognizing and embracing them... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:37:00 GMT Peter Canavese Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) [** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4805 /reviews/4805 A disappointing ‘film‘ but, at least for its target audience of white middle-class teens (and probably their parents), a deeply satisfying ‘movie.‘ Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese Jurassic World (2015) [***] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4804 /reviews/4804 The culture has had just enough time to miss this franchise, and director and co-screenwriter Colin Trevorrow...has met the challenges with an appealing self-awareness. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:02:00 GMT Peter Canavese Love & Mercy (2015) [*** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4802 /reviews/4802 Honorable...deeply moving...takes a considered approach to Wilson, sound in dramatic and editorial construction and insightful in its psychological subtexts. Fri, 05 Jun 2015 20:14:00 GMT Peter Canavese When Marnie Was There (2015) [*** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4801 /reviews/4801 This latest gentle, sensitive, unhurried tale from Studio Ghibli...excels not only at natural beauty, touched with supernatural flourishes, but also at acute psychological perceptiveness... Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:48:17 GMT Peter Canavese San Andreas (2015) [**] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4797 /reviews/4797 Succeeds at exploiting a proven disaster-movie formula without troubling itself much with little things like plot, character, and dialogue. Fri, 29 May 2015 16:57:14 GMT Peter Canavese Aloft (2015) [*] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4796 /reviews/4796 At times one feels there‘s an interesting film here struggling to break free (free as a bird!)...but what‘s made it to screen sends eyes aloft in its symbolism and its character dynamics. Tue, 26 May 2015 19:46:43 GMT Peter Canavese Tomorrowland (2015) [** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4794 /reviews/4794 Curiously vacant characters and curiously pulse-less whimsy...lumbers, middlebrow and tiresome, when it should be daytripping the light fantastic... Wed, 20 May 2015 15:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) [** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4792 /reviews/4792 Though the thrill of invention is gone, there‘s enough comic fertility and accumulated goodwill to sustain Pitch Perfect 2 through to its splashy and socially optimistic finale... Fri, 15 May 2015 14:38:03 GMT Peter Canavese Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) [*** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4790 /reviews/4790 Assayas implies that what transpires between the characters of Clouds of Sils Maria, between artists and art, and between art and audiences contains its own beautiful mystery that‘s nourishing, maddening, and essential. Wed, 06 May 2015 14:06:25 GMT Peter Canavese Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) [***] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4789 /reviews/4789 Pure, uncut comic-book fantasy...Whedon tames the beast into something spectacularly epic, if a bit exhausting: bursting with destructive mayhem but grounded by interesting character beats, rife with dark implications but seasoned with good humor. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:35:00 GMT Peter Canavese