GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://new.grouchoreviews.com/ Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:57:54 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Teen Spirit (2019) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5156 /reviews/5156 Serves mostly as a vehicle for star Elle Fanning, who provides her own vocals in the film’s multiple vocal-performance sequences and, more importantly, provides the film its soul of quietly defiant determination. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Peterloo (2019) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5155 /reviews/5155 [Leigh] bustles his audience into a time machine and transplants them to a time and place--1819 England--for full immersion into the physical and social landscape where a politically charged tragedy played out. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Shazam! (2019) [***] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5154 /reviews/5154 DC’s answer to Marvel‘s Ant-Man: a family-friendly, comical comic-book adventure that never crosses the line into camp. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Dumbo (2019) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5153 /reviews/5153 Dumbo has morphed into a fable of modernized entertainment business models and the handling and packaging of IP...strange thematic material for a PG Disney movie aimed at families...and it gets stranger. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Us (2019) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5152 /reviews/5152 Peele’s messy stew of allusive ingredients and jokey allusions...can taste overwhelming, but it gives us a helluva lot more to chew on than a Halloween reboot. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Wedding Guest (2019) [* 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5151 /reviews/5151 I’ll be damned if I can detect a pulse...Proves deliberately withholding, as if to punish us, along with its unlikeable characters, for expecting too much. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Captain Marvel (2019) [***] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5150 /reviews/5150 To watch another obscure hero beget a franchise-building smash-hit movie means marveling at Marvel once again. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) [***] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5149 /reviews/5149 The little franchise that could is all grown up and ready to leave the nest, so wipe that tear away, and say your goodbyes, kids...For now... Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Alita: Battle Angel (2019) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5148 /reviews/5148 Silly but...big dumb fun. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Arctic (2019) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5147 /reviews/5147 While Penna shoots and edits the material well enough, its familiar paces probably wouldn’t be tolerable were it not for Mikkelsen, whose grim visage crucially gives the film a racing mind and a beating heart. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) [***] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5146 /reviews/5146 While adults will probably find somewhat diminishing returns in The Second Part, its cheeky variations on all the constructions that worked so well the first time also work pretty darn well, and to a good end. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Stan & Ollie (2018) [***] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5145 /reviews/5145 Labors a bit to create drama from what’s essentially a gentle, wistful story of two artists together eking out a last hurrah, but there’s a refreshing warmth to a family-friendly show business tale, one not about backbiting but about love... Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Cold War (2018) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5144 /reviews/5144 A sweet romance this isn’t, but Pawlikowski (Ida) balances the flatfooted realities of maddeningly thwarted love with swoony moments: smoky jazz clubs and songbird reveries. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese At Eternity‘s Gate (2018) [****] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5143 /reviews/5143 Memorable moments come from its series of penetrating philosophical conversations... Dafoe expertly plays the keenness of Van Gogh‘s intellect and creativity against his searing drive, his raw emotions, and the haunting that was his depression. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) [****] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5142 /reviews/5142 In Jenkins’ sure hands, Baldwin’s novel becomes an exquisite, impeccable, indelible piece of cinema of the ages. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Vice (2018) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5141 /reviews/5141 As strikingly original in form as Oliver Stone’s JFK...infotaining Hollywood history that’s equal parts funny and horrifying in its high-stakes political gamesmanship... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ben is Back (2018) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5140 /reviews/5140 Roberts’ role as an intense mama bear cleverly corrupts her famous smile to an “everything’s okay” mask. Ultimately, Ben is Back is about the lies addicts tell their loved ones, and those their loved ones tell th Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5139 /reviews/5139 McCarthy clearly feels a connection to Israel’s outsider artistry, her utter commitment to become someone else for a few stolen moments, and her pride in a job well done... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Green Book (2018) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5138 /reviews/5138 Though breezily entertaining, this cinematic vehicle also lurches into and out of the usual racial potholes, making its song of the South--and North--catch in the throat. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) [***] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5137 /reviews/5137 Productively acknowledges real-life dangers, with stellar animation and designs shoring up the storytelling of Johnston and Pamela Ribon‘s witty script...a useful all-ages fable for our time. Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese