Dann Gire

Dann Gire

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Daily Herald (IL)
Critics' Group:
Chicago Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
227

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
43% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " The resulting bio-drama feels like any other generic formula self-destructive artist tale, one that captures the surface of Saint Laurent, but not his essence." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/4 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " It falls to Lithgow and Molina to create empathy for the major characters, and the two of them fit so well together that it's heartbreaking when their marriage suffers terrible strain." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 28, 2014
1.5/4 37% The November Man (2014) " Donaldson's film contains some of the most perplexing espionage tactics ever devised for the silver screen." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/4 90% Bridesmaids (2011) " Bridesmaids produces frequent waves of hilarious vulgarity as it tells a sweet, endearing story about a woman suffering through a pre-mid-life crisis." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 24, 2014
2.5/4 85% The Trip To Italy (2014) " A virtual duplication of the original Trip experience." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1/4 8% Are You Here (2014) " Not even a marketing campaign designed by Don Draper himself could sell this boondoggle." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1.5/4 40% The Possession of Michael King (2014) " Here comes another in a long line of generic "found footage" films that only halfheartedly embraces the "found" documentary format popularized by the breakthrough 1999 horror tale The Blair Witch Project." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 39% If I Stay (2014) " [If I Stay] turns a comatose teen's out-of-body experience into such a bland and pedestrian experience, it's out-of-mind soon after the closing credits." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.5/4 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " In Sin City, the prose is purple ("She slips out of her coat like it's Christmas wrapping") and the cons are plentiful. And every scene sucker-punches your eyeballs." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 21, 2014
4/4 94% The Dark Knight (2008) " Nolan's Dark Knight constantly keeps us off-balance and fills us with breathless anticipation for the next stunning turn-of-events. Ask yourself this: How long has it been since you've seen a movie like that?" — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 20, 2014
2.5/4 32% The Giver (2014) " Noyce is a gifted director with a track record of engaging films, but the very emotions stolen from his characters -- excitement, fear, passion and joy -- are equally missing from his movie." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 69% What If (2014) " Backed by a strong, well-chosen supporting cast, What If is smart enough to know how to use genre conventions without turning to clichés, and casts a gentle glow of warmth over all its characters." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Although Liebesman's Turtles might have higher quality effects, these ninjas -- created in motion capture by Industrial Light & Magic -- resemble a genetics experiment gone horribly wrong." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1.5/4 21% Into The Storm (2014) " "I've never seen anything like this!" a storm chaser says while witnessing a multi-funnel tornado event in the disaster drama Into the Storm. Apparently, he's the only professional storm chaser in the nation who hasn't seen Twister." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " This movie lacks the charm and genre affection that Galaxy Quest provided in buckets." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/4 49% I Origins (2014) " This is a movie that strives for profound statements and eye-opening revelations, but it often crosses that delicate line into obviousness and the kind of narrative hokum that no respectable scientist would accept as truth." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Allen's screenplay bubbles with witty wordsmithing executed with panache by a crackerjack cast." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 65% Lucy (2014) " A breathless piece of stylized sci-fi action inspired by graphic novels, M-rated video games and classic car chases from The Blues Brothers and To Live and Die in L.A." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 18% And So It Goes (2014) " Keaton and Douglas, both Oscar winners, have pumped the silver screen full of charisma many times before, but not here and not for these characters." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 75% The Last Sentence (2014) " This well-intentioned tale never breaks free from a dry and visually anemic history lesson that could easily be adapted into a monotonous stage play." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1.5/4 41% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Wish I Was Here is a state of confusion, not a Garden State." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " The movie negates its own positive theme by succumbing to an unnecessary and cliched "you can have it all" standard happy ending." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " It captures the essence of an American family with an accuracy and intimacy unseen in a feature film before." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Every 3-D scene in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes screams epic. Actually, more than epic. EPIC." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/4 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Deliver Us From Evil offers some scary scenes of mounting dread, but they're diminished by animals and bloody humans suddenly popping into view for cheap theatrics as Derrickson lingers too long on setting up the plot." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 7, 2014
4/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " Life Itself captures [Ebert's] spirit -- dynamic, optimistic, intelligent, compassionate and fearless -- without brushing over his flaws, that dissipated as he grew older." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3.5/4 83% Begin Again (2014) " Carney knows exactly what he's doing here and knows exactly what real people can't do." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 7, 2014
4/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " It's a bleak, shocker of a movie, but one laced with just enough black humor to make the harsher parts even bleaker." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 6, 2014
2/4 24% Tammy (2014) " Here, the jokes hit with the accuracy of bullets in a Michael Bay movie." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jul 6, 2014
3/4 85% Ivory Tower (2014) " A timely new doc that dissects the cultural assumption that a college education remains a modern necessity at all costs." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1.5/4 68% They Came Together (2014) " Let's face it. Romantic comedies are easy targets for lampoons and parodies. Yet, David Wain's suggestively titled They Came Together never goes for the jugular when it comes to exposing the innate, formulaic dumbness of the genre." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/4 24% Third Person (2014) " Haggis has assembled a Grade-A cast with stars who bring their characters to gritty, honest life on the screen. But they are stuck inside a story that eventually experiences a Crash under its heavy-handed, overthought structure." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/4 63% Jackpot (2014) " It's probably a good thing that the characters are so unlikeably dumb in Magnus Martens' violent black comedy Jackpot. You don't want to become attached to any of these guys. They tend to disappear quicker than cast members on Game of Thrones." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1.5/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Except for Tucci, the humans possess less personality than the robots as they race from one ridiculously mounted action sequence to another." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/4 66% The Rover (2014) " Michod's minimalist approach to The Rover is both its chief asset and biggest shortcoming. It's a respectable essay on survival, loneliness, trust and loss. But also one that ponders to the point of ponderousness." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Your eyes may adore this film, but it can't lay a hand on a uniform approach to its pop culture subjects." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Shep Gordon has to be a documentary maker's dream subject, one so colorful and astonishing no screenwriter could possibly create such an over-the-top character." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 55% The Signal (2014) " Thwaites is an actor to watch in launch mode, for he easily anchors a flighty sci-fi thriller, one both provocative and challenging, but utterly without obligation to satisfy our piqued curiosity." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " 22 Jump Street could be the greenest comedy sequel of the new century so far, a movie that takes recycling crime caper clichés to absurdist extremes." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/4 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " Xavier constantly laments his impending 40th birthday, yet, he makes absurdly shallow observations for a seasoned novelist." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " MacFarlane gets away with comic murder in A Million Ways to Die, and he does it by being a little bit naughty and a little bit raunchy. But most of all, by being adorably cute. In a bad boy sort of way." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted May 29, 2014
3.5/4 82% Fed Up (2014) " Stephanie Soechtig's potentially life-changing documentary Fed Up has the look and feel of an extended 60 Minutes investigative news segment. Except that it's much, much more." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted May 22, 2014
3.5/4 95% Ida (2014) " Ida has the look and feel of a 1960s black-and-white "art" movie without artsy pretentiousness." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Singer, who directed the first X-Men movie 14 years ago, brings back a joyful comic book feel to the series." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/4 14% Blended (2014) " This movie belongs to Sandler and Barrymore who connect with electricity and sparks." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 64% For No Good Reason (2014) " Charlie Paul's "For No Good Reason" isn't content to be a mere documentary about British artist Ralph Steadman. It aspires to be a work of art about an artist." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 88% Chef (2014) " Favreau writes and directs "Chef" with such conviction and honesty that he puts a zesty, engaging glaze over the rewarmed material." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " This movie is box-office safe, a comfortable, predictable and mildly uplifting story given just enough spin and speed to get it across the plate." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted May 15, 2014
2/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " Given a chunky budget of $167 million, Evans creates a creature feature with a bland band of humans bearing witness to giant reptiles participating in a numbing series of protracted professional wrestling matches." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " [Rogen] eeks out one more successful variation of his stock immature protagonist. Byrne is an unexpected delight as a fiercely committed, foul-mouthed mother who spits swear words with the force of bullets." — Daily Herald (IL)
Posted May 8, 2014
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