GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:57:11 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Don‘t Breathe (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4960 /reviews/4960 Once Don’t Breathe detonates its big twist...some audience members will feel the film stops being fun while others will feel the fun has started in earnest. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hands of Stone (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4959 /reviews/4959 The film works as well as it does on the strength of its acting. DeNiro is in fine, grounded form, and his verbal sparring with Ramírez, [et al]...elevates the film, the overlapping dialogue highly effective in infusing naturalistic energy. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:50:12 GMT Peter Canavese Hell or High Water (2016) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4954 /reviews/4954 Old-school bank robbery meets the new economy…and the New West…in Hell or High Water, a lean tale of cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, and customers and bankers. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:07:06 GMT Peter Canavese War Dogs (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4953 /reviews/4953 Captures something of runaway modern greed, played out as a bro movie from bro stars and a bro filmmaker...[but] might have been a fresh classic of political satire instead of a crime comedy that plays as sub-Scorsesean riff. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:56:06 GMT Peter Canavese Anthropoid (2016) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4948 /reviews/4948 While Anthropoid tends to the sober and dour, it also breaks into the brutal, the intense, and the emotionally devastating, all the right ‘moves‘ for a war story of moral heft compromised by Pyrrhic victory. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4947 /reviews/4947 A legitimately fascinating central character...Not surprisingly, Streep expertly shades every eccentricity, embodying Jenkins in her musical waywardness... Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:30:00 GMT Peter Canavese Suicide Squad (2016) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4944 /reviews/4944 A novel but muddled supervillain action movie...Some comic-book fans will lap it up, but Suicide Squad is all sauce and no meat. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese Don‘t Think Twice (2016) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4945 /reviews/4945 Pinpoints a creative community that’s never been explored in a narrative film...its wistful, naturalistic presentation of a thirtysomething turning point…a forced maturation of sorts…rings true. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Nerve (2016) [*] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4942 /reviews/4942 When this thriller has to turn the screws of its climax, its fundamental stupidity surfaces. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:21:31 GMT Peter Canavese Jason Bourne (2016) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4941 /reviews/4941 Terrified to do anything different (which, believe it or not, would be entirely possible)...it only takes a moment of awareness to step outside the movie and see how poorly written, insultingly recycled, and anti-creative Jason Bourne is. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:34:00 GMT Peter Canavese Star Trek Beyond (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4940 /reviews/4940 What works (marginally) in this instantly forgettable entry: a few diverting character moments...fan-serving fairy dust...action, action, action. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) [*] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4937 /reviews/4937 The mammoths and their mammalian buddies...take direction from [a] lunatic weasel...to SAVE THE WORLD by DIVERTING THE PATH OF AN ASTEROID (emphasis mine). Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:18:52 GMT Peter Canavese Captain Fantastic (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4939 /reviews/4939 The film’s saving graces are the uniformly strong performances...and its intriguing subject matter...[but it] develops third-act problems as it devolves into calculated contrivances, didacticism, and sentiment. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:55:06 GMT Peter Canavese Our Little Sister (2015) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4938 /reviews/4938 Moves at a rhythm akin to the gently lapping waves...yet somehow swiftly establishes the personalities of the three sisters, a contradiction that speaks to the resonance of the performers and Koreeda’s skill at eliciting emotional truth. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:17:47 GMT Peter Canavese Ghostbusters (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4936 /reviews/4936 Should you see Sony’s new Ghostbusters remake? Yes. Yes, you should. Will you be entertained? Yes. Yes, you will. Will you also be a little annoyed? Well, yeah, probably...it’s all a bit too self-consciously self-conscious... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:12:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Infiltrator (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4935 /reviews/4935 A sturdy but uninspired crime docudrama that’s neither convincingly colloquial nor thrillingly stylish. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4933 /reviews/4933 Has more genuinely funny moments than most so-called comedies at the multiplex, abetted by Waititi’s now-practiced comic sensibility, his stylized snap of performance and editing. Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:57:21 GMT Peter Canavese Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) [ 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4932 /reviews/4932 The fact that Mike and Dave will inevitably turn into a rom com blunts its potential as a black comedy of comeuppance for the titular jerks. Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:51:31 GMT Peter Canavese Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4931 /reviews/4931 From the evidence of Thorsten Schütte’s found-footage documentary...Zappa saw the interview as sometime endurance test, sometime amusement, and all-the-time chess match he could never lose, played as it was against lesser lights. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:58:52 GMT Peter Canavese Central Intelligence (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4930 /reviews/4930 Even if the material‘s not always up to the title‘s ironic reference to wit, the cast and their director carry the day with a good stock of laughs. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 04:30:51 GMT Peter Canavese