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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
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
76% Last Days In The Desert (2016) Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who used only available light, imbues the rugged landscape with an otherworldly majesty.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
30% Criminal (2016) Costner, in full badass mode, makes this crackpot premise work.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
No Score Yet 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
89% No Home Movie (2016) The combination of memoir and abstraction is both cerebral and heartrending.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
81% Southbound (2016) Southbound strives for unity and mostly succeeds.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
98% Mustang (2015) Ergüven and cowriter Alice Winocour have a keen understanding of teenage impetuosity and adult cruelty.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2015
67% Ha-Sodot (The Secrets) (2007) An ambitious mix of mysticism, melodrama, and lesbian romance.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 3, 2014
71% Boy Culture (2007) Actor Derek Magyar makes an impressive feature debut in this somber video drama about a financially savvy but emotionally distant male escort.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
55% The Polar Express (2004) Director Robert Zemeckis once again harnesses a new technology to an engaging fable in this digitally animated adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's holiday tale.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2013
88% Hannah Arendt (2013) Barbara Sukowa delivers a beautifully modulated performance, showing the rigor of Arendt's thought and convictions while revealing the contours of a passionate woman with complex relationships.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2013
86% Shepard & Dark (2013) The stress of their reunion yields fascinating insights into Shepard's work.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2013
83% Blue Caprice (2013) Although the actors are fine, writer-director Alexandre Moors's feature debut suffers from a lulling tonal sameness.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2013
90% Inequality For All (2013) Economist Robert Reich possesses a formidable intellect, an encyclopedic grasp of statistics and monetary trends, a quicksilver wit, and immense affability, making him the go-to guy when average Americans need our financial crises explained.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2013
81% Don Jon (2013) Versatile actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns to writing and directing with this smart, sexy, sweet, and hilarious comedy about the difficulties of forging and sustaining relationships.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2013
70% C.O.G. (2013) Writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez blends pointed satire with gallows humor, much like Sedaris himself.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013
96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) Intriguing as their present lives may be, without enough background to appreciate, for instance, Ushio's associations with Rauschenberg and Warhol, we can't gauge the full extent of the couple's regrets and losses.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013
84% Good Ol' Freda (2013) Although this music documentary has some historic value, it aims to entertain -- and succeeds, largely because its subject is a natural on camera.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013
81% Prisoners (2013) [An] exquisitely calibrated thriller.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013
92% In a World... (2013) There's a difference between paying your dues and self-abasement, but you wouldn't know it from this overstuffed and joyless film.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2013
83% Laurence Anyways (2013) Lushly romantic and daringly original.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2013
91% Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013) Assorted celebrities and Downey's producers offer some insights, but the movie dwells too long on a group of worshipful former audience members.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2013
75% Populaire (2013) [A] sweet but slight homage to the 50s and 60s.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2013
68% Afternoon Delight (2013) A couple's marriage is edging toward collapse when they try to reboot their dormant sex life in this sly, hip, and rewarding comedy of manners.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2013
50% Off Label (2013) Despite some artful visuals and harrowing testimony, this 2012 advocacy documentary suffers from a lack of focus.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2013
6% Paranoia (2013) In a movie about a new generation's hunger to topple the old guard, pretty boy Hemsworth is outclassed by his veteran costars, who get more mileage from baring their teeth than he does baring his chest.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2013
92% The Spectacular Now (2013) [A] nuanced and unsentimental coming-of-age film.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2013
53% Lovelace (2013) This drama from codirectors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman is so respectful of 70s porn sensation Linda Lovelace that instead of humanizing the Deep Throat star, it reduces her to one dimension: victim.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2013
67% Things Never Said (2013) Veteran TV writer Charles Murray (Third Watch) shows his small-screen roots by overrelying on tense, weighty exchanges to advance the narrative, but Hampton's steely performance makes them pay off, as the poet learns to wrest truth from pain.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2013
93% Still Mine (2013) Writer-director Michael McGowan (Saint Ralph) shows affinity for the subtle undercurrents of a long, happy marriage, but the friction between Cromwell and the government bureaucracy stays one-note.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2013
89% You Will Be My Son (2013) Great talent and a monstrous ego often come as a package deal, as illustrated by this insightful, taut 2011 drama set in Bordeaux.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2013