GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:31 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Silence (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5020 /reviews/5020 Slow going...But Silence also represents consummate filmmaking. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Patriots Day (2016) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5019 /reviews/5019 ‘Terror bad. Boston strong.‘ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hidden Figures (2016) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5018 /reviews/5018 Could hardly be more historically important, culturally significant, or inspirational, and as a PG-rated film, it’s especially valuable as a STEM education boost for young girls.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Monster Calls (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5017 /reviews/5017 There’s a simple power to the clean lines of Ness’ story, and it’s greatly amplified by the work of the actors.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Why Him? (2016) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5016 /reviews/5016 Nothing if not formulaic, but it has its passing charms...Ultimately, the hacky plot (partly credited to Franco’s buddy Jonah Hill) is also too primal not to work... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Assassin‘s Creed (2016) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5015 /reviews/5015 Despite its style points, fails to resonate on a higher octave than its low hum of dark doings, leaping around, and fisticuffs. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Fences (2016) [****] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5001 /reviews/5001 An American classic writ large. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Jackie (2016) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5014 /reviews/5014 The serviceable movie you make about this subject. But it does offer a little bit more, peeking through with an interesting insight every quarter-hour or so. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Sing (2016) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5013 /reviews/5013 May not amount to much…a salute to theater and showmanship, a simple tale of self-empowerment and group spirit…but it is up with people, or, rather, animals in ways that will delight kids and adults alike. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Passengers (2016) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5012 /reviews/5012 What begins as an intriguing premise based on high-stakes “what if”s shrinks in imagination as the pair begins to face crises akin to a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Collateral Beauty (2016) [no stars] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5010 /reviews/5010 Chicken Poop for the Soul... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Rogue One (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5009 /reviews/5009 Will give die-hard Star Wars fans multiple orgasms...runneth over with Star Wars spectacle. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Office Christmas Party (2016) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5006 /reviews/5006 Well, why don’t you just tell me what you think Office Christmas Party is about, and I’ll tell you if you’re right. Uh huh. Uh huh. Uh huh. Yeah, you’ve got it.  Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Miss Sloane (2016) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5005 /reviews/5005 [Not] a truly thoughtful and credible treatment of the unpleasant realities of Washington lobbying...[but] a hothouse melodrama that teases an ice queen’s meltdown while actually doing the hustle. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Nocturnal Animals (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5003 /reviews/5003 A moody and deeply unsettling look at a pair of failed relationships, regrets and recriminations, and measures of emotional violence…oh, shall we call it ‘lashing out‘?…symbolized in physical violence. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Rules Don‘t Apply (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5002 /reviews/5002 In his screenplay and performance as Hughes, Beatty offers a canny, sharply drawn, and highly personal take on the billionaire, with strong elements of lacerating self-parody.  Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Moana (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5000 /reviews/5000 When it’s cooking, Moana prepares tender, slip-off-the-bone meat on the tried-and-true bones of the Disney formula. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Manchester by the Sea (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4999 /reviews/4999 In its broad strokes, Manchester by the Sea doesn’t explore anything new...[but Lonergan] is the master of telling behavior and conversational nuance. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4998 /reviews/4998 I have heard the cash cow moo...the sort of movie many will feel obliged to like more than they actually want to clamor right back onto the ride. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Loving (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4997 /reviews/4997 An easy realism and an intimate domestic perspective on events that became consequential to national history...replacing histrionics with a genuine curiosity about what it must have been like to live this story from the inside. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese