GrouchoReviews.com http://grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:12:12 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Mother‘s Day (2016) [ 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4909 /reviews/4909 A movie so far up its own posterior that it includes the threatening exchange ‘They made a womb float for Mother’s Day?‘ ‘I can’t wait to see what they do for Father’s Day!‘ Well, I can. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:16:00 GMT Peter Canavese Nerve (2016) [*] http://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 Interview: Matt Ross…Captain Fantastic, Silicon Valley…7/7/2016 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/444 /interviews/444 On a daily basis, you‘re re-calibrating, if not an hourly basis, trying to do the right thing by your children...They‘re only in the house so long, and I‘m curating their lives. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:34:42 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Ira Sachs & Theo Taplitz…Little Men…4/29/2016 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/442 /interviews/442 [Taplitz:] Life may not always be fair, or good, but there‘s certainly moments of it that can be quite amazing...What [Jake] learns from Tony is to be sure of himself, to be there and to be proud of your decisions. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:21:59 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Mike Birbiglia…Don‘t Think Twice…6/9/2016 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/443 /interviews/443 No one knows how to direct a movie, no matter what anybody tells you. Nobody knows how to direct a movie until you‘ve directed a movie. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:20:11 GMT Peter Canavese Jason Bourne (2016) [* 1/2] http://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://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://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://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://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://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://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 The Boss (2016) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4934 /reviews/4934 Needlessly starting out on such a false, bombastic note emblematizes the film‘s mistake of blowing up the character past what made her recognizable, and thereby funny, in the first place. Sat, 09 Jul 2016 21:28:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) [***] http://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://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://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 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4897 /reviews/4897 For Zeus‘s sake...as warm and fuzzy and comforting (or not) as a Disney Channel show marketed more to parents than to their kids. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Central Intelligence (2016) [** 1/2] http://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 The BFG (2016) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4929 /reviews/4929 Largely lifeless, which is unusual for fantasy material birthed by Roald Dahl or directed by Steven Spielberg, much less a combination of the two. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:09:00 GMT Peter Canavese Finding Dory (2016) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4928 /reviews/4928 If the plotting at first feels overly familiar (and, in many ways, is), its elegance becomes apparent in the reinvigorating final movements, which also confirm Finding Dory‘s ultimate theme of building self-confidence through self-discovery. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Now You See Me 2 (2016) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4926 /reviews/4926 Not only can the center not hold, but there is no center to begin with...The story mostly speeds along at an obnoxious rate and pitch, the better to misdirect from the next dumb abracadabra plot twist, but good luck hanging in for over two hours of it. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:56:43 GMT Peter Canavese Zootopia (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4888 /reviews/4888 If Zootopia only reluctantly comes around to its crime-solving story, that’s understandable: the good stuff resides in the characterizations and the morality play around them, decrying fear of the other. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 14:18:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Conjuring 2 (2016) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4925 /reviews/4925 When there’s somefin strange...in your neighbor’ood...’oo you gonna call? Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:21:50 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Rebecca Miller…Maggie‘s Plan…4/24/2016 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/441 /interviews/441 She‘s almost, in a strange way, like a saint. Even though she keeps making wrong decisions, she‘s very ethically motivated... Mon, 02 May 2016 14:33:05 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Susan Sarandon & Lorene Scafaria…The Meddler, Thelma & Louise…4/11/2016 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/439 /interviews/439 [Sarandon:] I think everybody can act, really. Surviving in this profession is something you can brag about. Mon, 02 May 2016 14:25:23 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/257 /features/257 Thanks to prime mover Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, San Jose now has its own “Comic-Con“: the Silicon Valley Comic Con. San Jose has been home to many science-fiction/film and TV/comic-themed toy shows or conventions over the years (many of us still have fond memories of TimeCon at the old San Jose Convention Center), some of them pretty rink... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 14:56:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2015 Top 10 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/256 /features/256 The Year‘s Best Films                     1. Chi-Raq  The right film at the right time, Spike Lee’s latest is his most creatively fertile and socially immediate narrative feature in years. A grabber from its opening sequence, a lyric video for Nick Cannon’s gut-punching... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:03:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) http://grouchoreviews.com/features/255 /features/255 SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST CAPSULE REVIEWS! By my count, this year‘s San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) features 58 narrative features, one for every year in the fest‘s history. That‘s on top of 34 documentary features, 6 shorts programs, and a panoply of awards presentations/tributes, live performance events, lectu... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:59:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2014 Top 10 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/254 /features/254 The Year‘s Best Films                   1. Boyhood  The deceptively simple idea behind Richard Linklater‘s magnum opus was to shoot a few days a year for twelve years, and thus capture the growth and development of a middle-class Everyboy (Ellar Coltrane) and his family. Linklater‘s rest... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:34:27 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8, 2014) http://grouchoreviews.com/features/253 /features/253 SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST CAPSULE REVIEWS! No one would say that the San Francisco Film Society has had an easy time of the last few years, but its Filmmaker360 program to support and fund independent film can (and does) boast successes like Beasts of the Southern Wild and Fruitvale Station, and with new Executive Director Noah Cowan in place, st... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:10:00 GMT Peter Canavese