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Dann Gire

Dann Gire
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 82% The Founder (2017) Watch Keaton carefully, for his sly performance suggests Kroc realizes exactly what he's doing, and doesn't concern himself with questions of ethics, morality and loyalty. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/4 76% Split (2017) James McAvoy plays 24 personalities in Split, and you can't be sure if M. Night Shyamalan intended this to be a suspense-diluted horror film or a professional resume reel showcasing the actor's astonishing versatility. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jan 19, 2017
1.5/4 33% Monster Trucks (2017) A lot could be forgiven in Monster Trucks had Tripp and Creech established a convincing E.T./Elliot bond. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/4 34% Live By Night (2017) Periodic gunfights, beatings, car chases and assassinations prop up the drama, a joyless experience that takes itself, and especially its leading man, way, way, too seriously. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jan 11, 2017
3/4 83% Silence (2017) From the oft-cited technical standpoint, Silence is nothing less than an admirable piece of craftsmanship. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) A Monster Calls conjures fantasy and spectacle, painting the screen with vibrant, colorful, sometimes dreamy and nightmarish images that pump caffeine directly into our retinas. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jan 4, 2017
2.5/4 70% Sing (2016) in a year in which major animated features impart themes far more sophisticated than the tired "follow your dreams" bromide, "Sing" constitutes a mere pretty ditty executed at presto tempo. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Dec 20, 2016
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) The breathless 5 1/2-minute opening musical number in Damien Chazelle's La La Land is worth the price of admission all by itself. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) [Rogue One has] well-placed humor, inside jokes, aliens, droids and creepy CGI renderings of two key Star Wars characters, all set against the backdrops of mind-bending production designs and hypnotic visual effects. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Chastain performs the most precarious balancing act of her career so far: infusing a rigid, unlikable, self-absorbed lobbyist with just enough humanity to keep us on her side. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/4 89% Jackie (2016) Jackie is a triumph of production design, period costuming and vintage cars and props, all captured by Stephane Fontaine's formal camera lens in a mix of sharply defining close-ups and scenes constructed of Kubrickian symmetry. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Dec 7, 2016
1.5/4 11% Man Down (2016) The stilted artifice of Man Down never allows us to believe what we're watching, except for LaBeouf. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Lonergan capitalizes on Affleck's vulnerability in a textured, cliche-free portrait of human survival without a conventional ending. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 95% Moana (2016) A contemporary musical adventure that defies a few antiquated Disney conventions while exploiting a few others that still work. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The Edge of Seventeen is a dialogue delight, an enjoyably funny romp through the emotional and social minefields of high school adolescence. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Wisely, Lee anchors his movie with the appealing Alwyn, whose accessibility humanizes this war story loaded with one-dimensional characters. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Fantastic Beasts seems less an extension of Harry Potter's universe than a Hollywood attempt to lay the foundation for another standard-issue, visual effects-laden franchise. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Nov 16, 2016
2.5/4 48% Almost Christmas (2016) Almost Christmas aptly captures the universal experience of family holiday gatherings with all the emotional luggage, old scores to settle and opportunities to start afresh. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Nov 9, 2016
3.5/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Garfield, in a fiercely committed performance, projects a mix of unwavering principal and emotional vulnerability. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Nov 3, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Humorously quirky and visually spellbinding, Doctor Strange ranks as one of the best executed Marvel Comics movies, up there with Iron Man, Spider-Man 2 and The Avengers. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Nov 1, 2016
2/4 19% Inferno (2016) If you thought Ron Howard's first two adventures based on Dan Brown's best-selling Robert Langdon novels came off moderately stagy and cumbersome, "Inferno" feels like a bad acid trip through a globe-trotting James Bond movie. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) Barry Jenkins' character study Moonlight proves to be every bit as luminous, mysterious and elemental as its title. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/4 40% New Life (2016) The hope-infused family drama New Life possesses a huge heart with its arteries seriously clogged by narrative cholesterol in the form of gooey voice-over narration. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Oct 27, 2016
1.5/4 0% The Unspoken (2016) Unspoken traffics in suspenseless setups and poltergeist shenanigans we've seen countless times before. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Oct 27, 2016
0.5/4 No Score Yet American Romance (2016) Seeing it is something akin to watching somebody pull the wings off flies or yank the legs off spiders for 86 minutes. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) The movie never envelops us or the characters in palpable paranoia or edge-of-your-seat suspense. A series of well-timed, PG-13-rated shocks compensates. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Oct 20, 2016
1/4 No Score Yet Confessions Of A Womanizer (2016) The dialogue lacks zing and wit. Character arcs become character flatlines. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 51% The Accountant (2016) If nothing else, The Accountant will tide us over until Affleck's next stand-alone Caped Crusader adventure, The Batman. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Oct 12, 2016
1.5/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Not a single character in this dreary and dour dramatic experience earns our empathy, sympathy or good will. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Parker's project would be impressive enough as a first feature, but him being its co-writer, producer, director and star pushes it into an amazing achievement. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Oct 5, 2016
1.5/4 31% Masterminds (2016) Masterminds won't rank as one of history's big-budget botches such as Ishtar and Heaven's Gate, but the colossal waste of class-A comedy talent should qualify as a felony in Tinseltown. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2.5/4 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Berg pushes the action to breakneck speed to cover for a lot of dramatic deficits and a more detailed exploration of why the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred, not just physically how it happened. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Sep 28, 2016
2/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) The new Magnificent Seven also suffers from flabby, leisurely editing, but it does offer something Sturges' Western doesn't: the most inept strategist in the history of American Western villains. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 40% Morgan (2016) Luke Scott's eye-catching science-fiction cautionary tale Morgan can't escape the cliched clutches of confusing, flash-edited Jason Bourne fights and obligatory car chases. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 43% Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) A stylized, nostalgic throwback to action-jammed 1980s martial arts movies. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2/4 43% The Hollars (2016) Krasinski, still a better actor than director, goes for warm fuzzies rather than chords on the heart strings. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 89% Morris from America (2016) The story's dramatic and comic booster rockets come from the fresh and spontaneous father-son dynamic. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 87% Don't Breathe (2016) From the opening shot, the R-rated Don't Breathe drops us into an ominous environment crackling with suspense, jolts and uncertainty about what will happen next. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/4 91% Southside With You (2016) This insightfully written, tightly directed and superbly acted drama captures an adult first date's magical discoveries, growing attractions and the slowly earned melding of minds and hearts (plus the melting of ice cream later). ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 25, 2016
2/4 60% War Dogs (2016) A comedy so rife with voice-over narration you could close your eyes and let actor Miles Teller read you the plot, exposition and characters' feelings as if listening to an audiobook. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3/4 81% Equity (2016) "Equity" declines to sketch easy heroes and villains. Menon prefers a more realistic edge, and winds up with a more nuanced, relatable experience than most of her male counterparts would muster. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) it succinctly and eloquently lays out a story in which the public grows to value the likability and kind heart of the talent more than her actual talent itself. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Every scene snaps and crackles with so much popping energy that we can easily set aside the story's inherent silly parts and be swept along in a vintage formula Walt Disney family movie that works. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 83% Sausage Party (2016) Sausage Party is, by turns, a subversive religious allegory, a hilarious sendup of horror and adventure clichés, a wicked commentary on real-world politics, a jab at racial and religious stereotypes, and a rude and lewd comedy. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 11, 2016
1/4 59% The Mind's Eye (2016) The scariest aspect of The Mind's Eye would be the shrill, hyper-pitched performances that Begos ruthlessly extracts from his poor cast members. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 4, 2016
1.5/4 26% Suicide Squad (2016) [Ayer] clearly wants to delve into taboo territory with Suicide Squad, but PG-13 limitations blunt his provocative story into a teasing narrative of pulled punches and cartoony, sanitized violence. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 3, 2016
1.5/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) By the spectacular final chase scene, Jason Bourne goes into a sensory overload of loud noises, retina-torturing imagery and an incessantly wound-up score devoid of humanity, dimension or common sense. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/4 66% Nerve (2016) A desperate, preposterously stupid climax undermines the already-thin narrative, negating a solid, stabilizing performance by Roberts. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 28, 2016
2/4 33% Equals (2016) [Director Doremus] has plenty of room to play with Nathan "Moon" Parker's sparse script, but he keeps such tight control on the characters that after SOS strikes, their movie remains indifferently blah and unmercifully humorless. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 21, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet Beta Test (2016) Beta Test, directed, written and produced by Nicholas Gyeney, squanders a brilliantly inventive action premise with a comically silly disregard for necessary realism. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 21, 2016