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Andrea Gronvall

Andrea Gronvall
Andrea Gronvall's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader, Time Out

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% A Monster Calls (2017) Rich in folkloric symbolism, this fantasy from director J.A. Bayona starts promisingly but eventually sinks under a wave of pop psychology. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 5, 2017
83% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) This concise documentary focuses largely on his artistic partnership with Akira Kurosawa but includes enough about Japan's film industry and the star's charmed life to engross fans and casual viewers alike. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 5, 2017
100% Homo Sapiens (2016) Geyrhalter piques the imagination with images of decay: towns, malls, theaters, and hospitals, all deserted, unnamed, and overrun by foliage and wildlife. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 5, 2017
88% Lion (2016) Garth Davis uses close-ups sparingly and hits no false notes; cinematographer Greig Fraser creates a child's perspective by setting the camera at the hero's eye level and conveys the grandeur of India through sweeping panoramic and overhead shots. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 22, 2016
17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Sci-fi fantasy meets pseudo history in this ill-conceived adaptation of a popular video game series. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 21, 2016
70% Sing (2016) The plot may be shopworn, with not much aimed at adults, but the film's message that collaboration can reap greater rewards than competition is appropriate for all ages. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 21, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) The premise stretches credulity even before the actors start giving the conspirators personal advice that sounds suspiciously otherworldly. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 15, 2016
71% Coming Through The Rye (2016) The film's send-up of youthful obsession is sweet and funny, and its depiction of first love and buried pain is moving. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 1, 2016
71% Bleed For This (2016) The familiar conventions of the boxing movie get a muscular overhaul in this gritty biopic about Vinny Pazienza, known as the Pazmanian Devil. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 17, 2016
45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) [Suffers from an] uneven tone, inelegant editing, and scattered narrative. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 17, 2016
48% Almost Christmas (2016) Holiday movies about dysfunctional families are reassuring because their batty characters make our own relatives look harmless by comparison; this seasonal comedy delivers those tidings of comfort if not always joy. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 10, 2016
94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) Director Keiichi Hara achieves a balance between earthiness and aestheticism, suggesting a Japan on the cusp of modernity. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 20, 2016
No Score Yet The View from Tall (2015) This Chicago-set love story breaks new ground with the protagonist's self-knowledge and directness. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 13, 2016
No Score Yet Hurricane Bianca (2016) Crowd-funded on a teensy budget, the movie is not without its charms, including Ryan Matthieu Smith's inventive production and costume design and a cast of unknowns who prove worthy straight men to Del Rio. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 22, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Director Antoine Fuqua proves that the western is far from dead with this rousing update of John Sturges's 1960 classic (itself adapted from Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai). ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 22, 2016
100% Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) As this spirited documentary shows, the rise of poet, author, and activist Maya Angelou was anything but meteoric. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 15, 2016
94% Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2015) Bi Gan directed this boldly original debut feature. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 11, 2016
No Score Yet Down There (Là-bas) (2006) The movie is striking but reveals more about the filmmaker's fragile state of mind than about the milieu. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 11, 2016
No Score Yet Le dos rouge (Portrait of the Artist) (2015) A major narrative thread (the filmmaker's mysterious rash) isn't adequately explored, leaving underdeveloped the links between hysteria, madness, and creativity. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 21, 2016
96% Nuts! (2016) I can't imagine anyone believing that goat glands transplanted into human reproductive organs could cure impotence, but as this lively, offbeat documentary proves, plenty of Americans did. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 14, 2016
79% Wedding Doll (Hatuna Meniyar) (2016) Writer-director Nitzan Giladi understands the myriad reactions of "normal" people to the developmentally disabled but betrays his heroine with a condescending scene in which she dons a bridal gown made of toilet paper rolls. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 30, 2016
No Score Yet Terre battue (2014) Director Stéphane Demoustier sets this 2014 domestic drama in his hometown of Lille, a historic French textile center, and it bustles with energy. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 30, 2016
78% The Shallows (2016) This is silly stuff but often genuinely scary, with excellent aerial and undersea photography and some persuasive special effects. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 23, 2016
89% Our Last Tango (Un Tango Más) (2016) Its strongest moments are the dramatic reenactments: inventively choreographed and erotically charged dance sequences shot by Jo Heim and Félix Monti. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 16, 2016
95% Presenting Princess Shaw (2016) Chicago-born singer-composer Samantha Montgomery, aka Princess Shaw, seeks personal and artistic validation in this affecting documentary. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 9, 2016
100% The Uncondemned (2016) In their eye-opening documentary, directors Nick Louvel and Michele Mitchell reveal how the young, idealistic prosecutors, already overextended, uncovered evidence of the systematic violation, torture, mutilation, and enslavement of women in Taba. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 9, 2016
No Score Yet Macario (1960) Roberto Galvadon's 1959 rags-to-riches fable combines magical realism and folkloric elements of Mexico's Indianist movement with results that are alternately comic and poignant. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 26, 2016
70% Take Me To The River (2016) Matt Sobel transforms a nightmare he once had into an evocative, original drama. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 26, 2016
No Score Yet We Monsters (Wir Monster) (2015) A tightly plotted, tension-filled neo-noir about divorced parents trying to cover up their teenage daughter's confession of murder. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 26, 2016
85% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) If it feels a little crammed-well, we should all live such a full life. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 12, 2016
75% Last Days In The Desert (2016) Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who used only available light, imbues the rugged landscape with an otherworldly majesty. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 12, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The players salvage this thing with their acting and awesome thighs, and the fun really kicks in when Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) join the squabble in an exhilarating airport sequence. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 5, 2016
30% Criminal (2016) Costner, in full badass mode, makes this crackpot premise work. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 28, 2016
100% Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016) Tehran on the eve of the Muslim New Year provides the backdrop for this engrossing Iranian drama about a marriage in crisis. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 28, 2016
78% The First Monday in May (2016) Gorgeous, gossipy, yet penetrating documentary about the marriage of culture and commerce. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 28, 2016
94% Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016) Ada Ushpiz struggles to present the many layers of Arendt's life in the proper light and mostly succeeds, sticking to her rigorous thought processes while also making them cinematic. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 21, 2016
No Score Yet Aaic: Goya - Visions Of Flesh And Blood (2016) Director David Bickerstaff peppers his lively narrative with the insights of curators, painters, and historians, able storytellers all. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 21, 2016
100% The Babushkas Of Chernobyl (2015) You'd have to be pretty jaded not to fall for the irrepressible subjects of this stirring documentary. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 21, 2016
No Score Yet Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Gabo, la magia de lo real) (2015) Director Justin Webster covers all the milestones, but to feel the passions that inspired García Márquez, you'll have to read his books. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 14, 2016
89% No Home Movie (2016) The combination of memoir and abstraction is both cerebral and heartrending. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 17, 2016
43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) The movie strives to be both scary and funny but winds up being neither. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 29, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) The Witch is sparing in its use of special effects and generates suspense and foreboding through what is suggested rather than what is seen. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 29, 2016
81% Southbound (2016) Southbound strives for unity and mostly succeeds. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 29, 2016
97% 45 Years (2015) To know is not the same as to possess, and at any rate, possession is never permanent. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 4, 2016
98% Mustang (2015) Ergüven and cowriter Alice Winocour have a keen understanding of teenage impetuosity and adult cruelty. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 14, 2016
100% Movement And Location (2015) Lacking flashy CGI (or any other special effects), this imaginative low-budget indie (2014) relies heavily on dystopian gloom. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 3, 2015
No Score Yet Cosmic Africa (2003) Breathtaking landscapes and colorful tribal rituals make for a fine travelogue, and although science often takes a backseat to folklore, a trip to the Saharan site of Nabta yields a rare look at megaliths that predate Stonehenge by a thousand years. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 5, 2015
No Score Yet Ha-Sodot (The Secrets) (2007) An ambitious mix of mysticism, melodrama, and lesbian romance. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 30, 2014
No Score Yet Aviva, My Love (Aviva Ahuvati) (2007) Sasson Gabai, in a surprisingly sympathetic performance, is the blocked Tel Aviv author who first mentors her and then publishes her work as his own. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 12, 2014
9% Catwoman (2004) The screenplay's a hodgepodge of witchcraft, ancient Egyptian lore, pulp feminism, and a dash of S&M. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 3, 2014