GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:31:07 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Where‘d You Go, Bernadette (2019) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5175 /reviews/5175 The film’s darkest-before-the-dawn middle passage honors the complexity of mental-health struggles for the sufferer and those who, unsure at every step, try to steer their troubled loved one down a path to healing. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Luce (2019) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5174 /reviews/5174 Luce primarily concerns itself with African-American identity, plagued by withering lowdown stereotypes and polar-opposite pressures...In some ways, the film’s subtle political satire proves even more distressing. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Kitchen (2019) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5173 /reviews/5173 Because of its hurried pacing, the film doesn’t quite make us feel the potentially Shakespearean sweep of this arc, and the leading performances feel similarly hemmed in by the script’s limitations.  Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Farewell (2019) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5172 /reviews/5172 The setup makes for genuinely amusing light farce, but in their patient observation, Wang and cinematographer Anna Franquesa Solano conjure a heartfelt intimacy with the family...[and] the actors always offer up finely etched emotional truths... Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood (2019) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5171 /reviews/5171 Content finally joined by the movie gods to form…for at last, the moving-picture magpie has lighted on Hollywood as his setting and, in no small part, his subject. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Stuber (2019) [*] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5170 /reviews/5170 Unexciting action and unfunny comedy...Bautista and Nanjiani have star power, and could’ve made a buddy comedy work, but not with this script and this little help behind the camera. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Maiden (2019) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5169 /reviews/5169 This Maiden voyage’s degrees of heroism and ugly behavior, of victory and defeat, illuminate a gripping and inspiring story that demands to be remembered. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5168 /reviews/5168 Marvel deserves credit for the ways it has so far managed to freshen up formula, harness genres to its purposes, and hold a mirror up to contemporary society. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Yesterday (2019) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5167 /reviews/5167 Make the mistake of considering this feature-length stunt’s many logical fumbles and obvious but ignored questions, and you’re likely to get angry... All you need is love...and a better script. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Toy Story 4 (2019) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5166 /reviews/5166 At a moment when studios and pundits have begun again to question the efficacy of sequels, Pixar’s graceful follow-up justifies the practice, when executed with smarts and heart.  Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Men in Black: International (2019) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5165 /reviews/5165 Outside of the win for representation represented by the likeable Tessa Thompson’s leading role, there’s no creatively compelling reason to tell this story, which...drags on seventeen minutes longer than the 1997 original. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Crystal City (2019) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5164 /reviews/5164 Potent... Crawford‘s empathy and care for his subjects shine through, inevitably taking the audience on an emotional journey. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5163 /reviews/5163 The CGI creatures impress…a star is reborn in Mothra...It’s just unfortunate that the picture as a whole lumbers a lot like its forty-story star. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Non-Fiction (2019) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5162 /reviews/5162 Slyly addresses...how we think and how we consume media, how we tell stories to each other and ourselves, and what we need out of our personal connections. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Aladdin (2019) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5161 /reviews/5161 The results aren’t exactly magical...Heck, I’d even take a low-rent theme-park version if it spared me this film’s descent into the uncanny valley. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese All Is True (2018) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5160 /reviews/5160 An elegiac valediction for Shakespeare’s genius...a celebration of the centuries of scholarship that got us here...[and] an ode to parental love, complicated as it is by ego. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5159 /reviews/5159 With Reynolds cracking wise and a number of frantic action sequences, this looks like an effective enough franchise launcher. But...it all feels a little too much like work. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Long Shot (2019) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5158 /reviews/5158 Diverting enough for date night...good enough for government work. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Avengers: Endgame (2019) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5157 /reviews/5157 Marvel tourists may surprise themselves how much they care...while fanatics will have a geekgasm of heretofore undiscovered proportions at what amounts to the biggest series finale ever. To put it more politely, they’ll love it “times 3000.&rd Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Teen Spirit (2019) [** 1/2] http://www.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