GrouchoReviews.com: Theatrical Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:46:47 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Blade Runner 2049 (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5078 /reviews/5078 A strange and beautiful beast indeed, Blade Runner 2049 is a science-fiction epic for adults, somehow released in 2017...Blade Runner 2049 dreams big. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese American Made (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5077 /reviews/5077 Seal’s story is a fascinating one worth investigating...As played by Cruise, he’s like Maverick gone to seed. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Stronger (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5076 /reviews/5076 Catches one off guard with the characters’ open-hearted gestures under duress...feels as if it single-handedly restores humanity to the movies. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese American Assassin (2017) [ 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5075 /reviews/5075 Has a mindset trapped in the 1980s, when Chuck Norris ruled the roost of disposable shoot-em-ups. This repulsive macho fantasy seems expressly designed to appeal to the readers of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese It (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5074 /reviews/5074 Strong performances and production carry the day. This pop culture psychodrama still works, and linked up to its pending sequel should add up to a bit more than the sum of its parts. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Trip to Spain (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5073 /reviews/5073 If the dish has lost its pizazz, it remains comfort food for comedy connoisseurs. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Logan Lucky (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5072 /reviews/5072 Soderbergh’s here to have fun, and his mood is contagious. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Annabelle: Creation (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5071 /reviews/5071 On paper, Annabelle: Creation lays out lazy character development and logic, but on screen, it gets the job done more often than not as an unpretentious talk-back-to-the-screen audience picture. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Atomic Blonde (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5070 /reviews/5070 Isn’t about anything more than the spy game and how to make it to the end of the board...Then, too, there is Theron, whose kind of un-performance in repose keeps breaking out into ferocious fighting that suggests a feral Jackie Chan. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Landline (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5069 /reviews/5069 Slate cements her status as a kind of later-day Lucille Ball, gifted in physical comedy and possessed of a dithering combination of smarts and free-flowing emotion. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Dunkirk (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5068 /reviews/5068 Rigorously staged and artfully photographed...Christopher Nolan applies his trademark ingenuity and clockwork precision to an otherwise straightforward story. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5067 /reviews/5067 Evokes the sort of tough-minded historical war drama John Milius used to write, with an eye on what war can do to the individual. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5066 /reviews/5066 An action-packed, beat-the-heat distraction...Lands close enough to the summer-movie sweet spot that the quibbles feel a bit churlish. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Big Sick (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5065 /reviews/5065 Functions...not only as a boilerplate rom-com that’s consistently amusing and possessed with charming leads, but also as a heartwarming drama. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) [ 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5064 /reviews/5064 Military-Industrial Uncomplicated...Despite the theme that “Magic does exist” (“It was found long ago. Inside a crashed alien ship”), The Last Knight is all mirthless jokes and thrill-less mayhem. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Beatriz at Dinner (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5062 /reviews/5062 It’s no great leap to see Strutt as Trumpian, but Beatriz at Dinner has bigger fish to fry than any one figure...make[s] our nation‘s political intractability the stuff of comedy and...dramatizes the spiritual exhaustion of our time. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Cars 3 (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5061 /reviews/5061 Gets the franchise back on track with a story that U-turns to the heart of the 2006 original. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wonder Woman (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5059 /reviews/5059 A sturdy origin story, this education of Miss Diana Prince, establishing her as a compassionate badass who consistently proves her bravery, strength, and commitment to justice. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Everything, Everything (2017) [*] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5058 /reviews/5058 Soft-touch kids may enjoy the smooth-jazz romance of this ludicrous fantasy, with true love challenged by caring but misguided parental overprotectiveness, but the story fails to deal honestly with its what-if scenarios. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5057 /reviews/5057 This newfangled Arthur comes up short on grandeur or even old-fashioned matinee adventure, trading them in for cosmetic Game of Thrones grot. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese