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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
93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Knockout visuals, a winning cast, and an irrepressibly feel-good vibe make this dazzling romantic comedy one for the ages.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The screenwriters (Rudd among them) frequently mock their own sci-fi jargon, their snarkiness the strong suit in a movie offering little else except souped-up car chases.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
100% Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018) This eerie and affecting feature debut from writer-director Mari Okada blends fantasy and coming-of-age stories.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) This exuberant sequel easily tops the 2008 musical hit. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
87% Thoroughbreds (2018) Cory Finley uses the clipped dialogue of film noir to heighten the sense of menace.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Toni Collette is flawless.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) J.A. Bayona demonstrates a flair for the gothic... which has less pyrotechnics but more suspense.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
88% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) Because Basquiat started as a graffiti artist, many of his earliest works were destroyed, so the rare photos here, provided by his friend Alexis Adler, are illuminating. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
92% Nossa Chape (2018) An extraordinary sports documentary and a compelling human-interest story, this documentary follows the rising Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense after the November 2016 plane crash that killed 19 players and the entire staff.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
No Score Yet Breath (Nafas) (2016) An unsentimental perspective distinguishes this 2016 Iranian drama from earlier youth-centered classics.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
100% White Sun (Seto Surya) (2017) [Deepak] Rauniyar gets the most out of the actors, a mix of pros and amateurs, and cinematographer Mark Ellam generates exhilarating images of this vertiginous corner of the world. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
89% Wait for Your Laugh (2017) Timing is everything in comedy, and according to this nostalgic documentary portrait of Rose Marie, she always knew when to jump to the next big thing. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Like a video game, the narrative lacks any character development, relying on obstacles, chases, and the threat of elimination. Hart delivers his one-liners with precision and verve, and Johnson is sweetly funny as the muscular incarnation of a gawky nerd.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The wafer-thin plot barely sustains the songs and romance.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri tells the story of a woman emulating God's vengeance when she might profit more by emulating his forgiveness, especially toward herself.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) [BPM] devotes significant screen time to philosophical debate but also appeals to the senses with graphic sex and a throbbing techno score by Arnaud Rebotini.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) This is a colorful mashup of Scandinavian myth, interplanetary sci-fi, Old Testament references, and crossover comic book characters.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
88% Novitiate (2017) Writer-director Maggie Betts balances the naturalistic exchanges of her sympathetic young cast with bravura set pieces for the seasoned actors.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) The movie's focus on the caustic effects of celebrity make this narrative set in the first half of the 20th century particularly relevant for the media-frenzied 21st.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
93% Thelma (2017) [Thelma] links supernatural horror to repressed memories, raging hormones, and fundamentalist zealotry, crafting a sexy and unsettling brain-teaser.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) This real-life case makes for an entertaining courtroom drama that nonetheless reduces Marshall to the level of Perry Mason and consigns to the end credits his greater triumphs.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
63% The Foreigner (2017) Martin Campbell directed this twisty, bracing political thriller, giving Chan room to display his dramatic ability and letting Brosnan flesh out a vigorous, complex character who's surrounded by frenemies with secrets of their own.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/4 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Victoria & Abdul may capture the ugly side of Britain's colonial past, but its demeaning portrait of Abdul reinforces the Orientalism it purports to lampoon. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
40% The Mountain Between Us (2017) The movie works as far-fetched escapism with some genuinely moving moments.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
No Score Yet Against the Law (2017) This somber BBC production... intercuts eyewitness accounts from grizzled survivors of homophobia in postwar England with a dramatic treatment of the life of journalist and activist Peter Wildeblood.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
No Score Yet B&B (2018) the plot is overly reliant on such technology as smart phones and night goggles, gizmos that eventually hamper the paranoiac suspense.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Exaggerated, cartoonish violence, deliberately cheesy CGI, and a buoyant pop soundtrack make this a stylish if overstuffed romp.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
33% Home Again (2017) Witherspoon lacks the abandon the May-December love angle requires, and the movie is so tidily formulaic that it feels as if it's been airbrushed; the send-up of Hollywood falls flat too.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
34% American Assassin (2017) Somewhere along the way Michael Cuesta morphed from a creator of thoughtful indie dramas... into an action director (Showtime's Homeland); if he ever wants to tackle a James Bond movie, this nonstop spy thriller should serve as his audition.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
87% Wind River (2017) The pace was breakneck in Sheridan's previous thrillers, but in this whodunit the mood is more ruminative and the dialogue is portentous. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
70% Annabelle: Creation (2017) The constant floating, spinning, shattering, and slamming of household objects gradually saps the movie's tension.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
80% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Some might see the film as lionizing Gore, but it's a fascinating primer on how to engage and train citizen activists, from the grass roots to the corridors of power.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Adapting Sam Hart and Antony Johnston's graphic novel The Coldest City, Kurt Johnstad has written a smart exploitation thriller.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
96% Step (2017) For most of the film the dancing is unsteady, but in the final number director Amanda Lipitz, a Tony Award-winning producer, makes the gutsy amateurs look like pros.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
90% Girls Trip (2017) Bridesmaids proved that women could be just as smutty onscreen as men, but this fast-paced comedy is ruder, cruder, funnier, and more explicit.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
16% Wish Upon (2017) This horror flick is so predictable it feels not raw but antiseptic.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) Oozing menace as addicted bank robbers, Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm are all the more charismatic thanks to Bill Pope's luscious noir photography. Credit Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss for the razor-sharp editing.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
55% 47 Meters Down (2017) The only thing this so-called thriller has going for it is widescreen cinematography by Mark Silk.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
96% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) With an eye for artful detail, director Emil Ben-Shimon orchestrates a resolution both plausible and jubilant.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
56% Family Life (Vida de Familia) (2017) Nudity and scenes of energetic lovemaking spice up the meager narrative but can't make up for a flat ending.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
84% Megan Leavey (2017) This is an affecting story about loyalty, sacrifice, and the forging of identity.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
15% The Mummy (2017) How fitting that the makers of this action-adventure movie about tomb raiders plunder the Universal Pictures vault, from the 1932 and 1999 versions of The Mummy to An American Werewolf in London and the Abbott and Costello monster fests.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
18% Baywatch (2017) Who'd have thought a flimsy, witless TV series like Baywatch could have spawned this boisterous, cheeky comedy?‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
1/4 45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) This is nothing but a vanity project, relying on the conceit that Anne has been unfairly languishing in her husband's shadow. Eleanor Coppola must have made many sacrifices for her husband's art, but with Paris Can Wait the sacrifice is all ours.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
30% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) After directing a number of British crime comedies, Guy Ritchie applied his rapid-fire wisecracks, gleeful violence, and flashy cutting and camera moves to the Sherlock Holmes franchise; that same method works well for this big-budget Arthurian legend.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
100% Between Land and Sea (2016) The character's scenes with his mother (Vicky Hernandez) and the next-door-neighbor he adores (Viviana Serna) are engrossing in their unfussy realism, as Cruz...uses the tiniest of movements to suggest the red-blooded man trapped inside the infirm body. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
No Score Yet The Projects (Danchi) (2016) The movie's high point is an inventive sequence inside a massive UFO... The sequence reflects a traditional Japanese reverence for nature, and it helps compensate for the claustrophobic early scenes.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
86% Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) Naharin's style is both idiosyncratic and accessible, his movements both angular and supple, but above all his dances celebrate the body, built for the joy of motion.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
90% Frantz (2017) This sublime mature work by François Ozon borrows liberally from Ernst Lubitsch's Broken Lullaby (1932) but supplants its fevered melodrama with erotically charged mystery.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
66% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) Cannibalism may not be everyone's idea of funny, but French director Bruno Dumont (L'Humanité, Hadewijch) elevates it to ghoulish camp in this slapstick skewering of the French bourgeoisie.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017