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Dann Gire

Dann Gire
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 86% Darkest Hour (2017) Gary Oldman's transformative portrayal of Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour achieves the same rarefied orbit as Marlon Brando's interpretation of the Godfather. If this be critical blasphemy, so be it.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Christopher Plummer's humbugged-to-the-max take on the immortal miser easily ranks as the most nuanced and memorable interpretation since Alastair Sim set the gold standard for wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinners.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/4 96% Coco (2017) It packs a couple of "didn't see that coming" moments, and closes with an obligatory family reunion emanating such joyous emotion, its deficiencies earn our forgiveness as well.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/4 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Rockwell is fearless in exploring this hissable Id-with-a-badge, down to showing us what makes him tick like a time bomb. His performance should be sufficient reason to see Three Billboards.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
0.5/4 40% Justice League (2017) This must go down as the single stupidest, big-budget superhero motion picture ever unleashed upon an unsuspecting public by a major Hollywood studio.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2.5/4 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) As an actor, Branagh plies his sleuth with welcome humor and curmudgeonly charm. As a director, he moves the action well.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
2/4 28% Suburbicon (2017) Clooney takes on the bold challenge of blending two seemingly incongruent genres -- classic film noir and hard-hitting civil rights drama -- with wavering results.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
2.5/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Goodbye proves to be an aggressive tear-jerker, a manipulative and overwrought biopic that bounces like a bipolar Tigger between an upbeat account of divine literary inspiration and a downer domestic drama.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
0.5/4 8% The Snowman (2017) [The Snowman] is dull, inane, humorless, suspenseless, confusing and contrived.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 89% Only the Brave (2017) Apparently, the Prescott firefighters didn't experience movie cliches in real life, because -- outside of the obligatory "radio singalong on a bus" -- Only the Brave doesn't have them.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3.5/4 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) This amazingly tasteful movie, written/directed by Chicago native Angela Robinson, explores this real-life superhero origin story with sharp intelligence, arresting technical grace and affectionate empathy for the character's nonconformist creator.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3.5/4 83% Marshall (2017) Marshall fits nicely into the same category as other memorable race-based courtroom dramas such as Loving and even To Kill a Mockingbird.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
2.5/4 33% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) As you can tell, Mark Felt didn't lack for intriguing material. Just intriguing execution.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) "Blade Runner 2049" explodes on the silver screen as a stunning achievement... ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
2.5/4 100% California Typewriter (2017) Doug Nichol's handsomely packaged, if slightly myopic, documentary California Typewriter waxes poetic.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/4 64% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Victoria & Abdul feels like Downton Abbey Lite, a chamber drama of manners, minus the raw conflict necessary to elevate this material to any level of memorable.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/4 87% American Made (2017) What does work well is [Tom] Cruise's winning performance as a corrupt capitalist whose love of country and family ranks considerably lower than cash and adrenaline buzzes. He's an anti-hero we actually like.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3.5/4 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The depiction of the subtle romantic combustion between King and Barnett is a beauty.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/4 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The result is a banal marathon of a movie periodically popping with humor, shocks, fantastic sets and Elton John costumes.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3/5 68% mother! (2017) With its constantly prowling camera, shrewd cuts, astonishing set designs and the promise of something awful lingering on every scene, mother! makes a magnificently immersive thriller, but a superficial one.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/4 76% The Limehouse Golem (2017) This movie doesn't give the audience much credit for smarts.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 85% It (2017) Creepy, killer clowns have been around for a long time, and [Bill] Skarsgard's Pennywise is one of the nastier incarnations, expressing joyous schadenfreude in the fear of the children he takes.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
1.5/4 30% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) I Do ... Until I Don't boasts a crackerjack cast of comic actors struggling to spin gold from the straw-dry dialogue of a lackadaisically edited, visually compromised, controversy-adverse, pro-matrimonial romantic comedy.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2/4 46% Bushwick (2017) Dialogue and character development in Bushwick may be disappointing, as is Aesop Rock's generic, over-employed score.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
1.5/4 37% Leap! (2017) Leap! tends to be thoughtless, pandering and rife with historical lapses.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
1.5/4 33% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) If New York has indeed lost its soul, apparently so have movies about New York.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2/4 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Therein lies both the appeal and the problem with Patrick Hughes' lightning-edited, instantly forgettable, Guy-Ritchie-lite ode to exploitative violence: It caters to our low expectations and never exceeds them.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3.5/4 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Soderbergh smoothly glides us through this NASCAR world, emanating an old-fashioned Hal Needham vibe, but with greater character depth and extra IQ points.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
2.5/4 69% Pilgrimage (2017) Pilgrimage remains a relatively suspenseless, emotionally uninvested Christian tale rife with orchestrated bloodshed of the sort that HBO would reject for visceral quality assurance purposes.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3.5/4 99% Whose Streets? (2017) Whose Streets with its messy clutter of sound bites, video snippets, tweets and relevant quotations admirably corrects this massive journalistic lapse.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/4 88% Wind River (2017) Wind River shows us how the isolation and abandonment of Native Americans have created an inhospitable climate.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2.5/4 49% The Glass Castle (2017) Cretton builds up a good deal of dramatic credibility in The Glass Castle, only to have it undermined by generic and artificial epiphanies more suited to Lifetime Channel melodramas than this sincere approximation of realism.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
2.5/4 38% Kidnap (2017) Despite considerable narrative glitches, Kidnap still operates on a primal level as an effective, audience-pleasing thriller.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/4 95% Step (2017) If there ever were another documentary whose scope and substance were worthy of being placed in the same rarefied class as Steve James' Chicago-shot classic Hoop Dreams, this really would be it.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2/4 16% The Dark Tower (2017) After all that, The Dark Tower didn't turn out so bad. Not so good, either.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
0% Armed Response (2017) "It's judged us deserving of punishment! The question is why?," a soldier shouts. Inflicting 93 minutes of intolerable dumbness upon us would be a good answer.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2.5/4 78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) This doc doesn't possess the power and sway of its urgent, articulate and motivational 2006 original doc.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
2.5/4 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde may be confusing, empty and disappointing, but when sleek and sinewy British MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton goes DEFCON-1 on the bad guys, boredom dies first.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3.5/4 83% Detroit (2017) Kathryn Bigelow's tough docudrama Detroit begins as a frightening, authentic re-creation of the Motor City's 1967 race riots, then roller-coasters into scenes of claustrophobic brutality more akin to a home-invasion horror tale -- and just as deep.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4/4 99% City of Ghosts (2017) The story of these daring citizen journalists becomes the stuff of a riveting nonfiction thriller in Matthew Heineman's searing documentary City of Ghosts.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
1.5/4 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) In the spare moments between sensory-assaulting action scenes, Valerian and Laureline exchange embarrassingly sophomoric romantic overtures.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) An immersive, bombastic historical epic more interested in how things happen than the people who things actually happen to.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
2/4 20% Misfortune (2016) Misfortune suffers from a tendency to metaphorically talk a lot and not shoot, although there is plenty of shooting to be had.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
1.5/4 17% Wish Upon (2017) Clare pleads with her nondescript gal pals Meredith and June for help fighting the box. "Throw it away! You'll feel much better!" June says. Presumably, she wasn't referring to a ticket to see this movie.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Holland plays a 15-year-old Peter Parker with such joyous naiveté and youthful exuberance that his predecessors -- the nerdy Tobey Maguire and the neatly coifed Andrew Garfield -- now seem more like grad students than high schoolers.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2/4 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Sooner or later, it was bound to happen that the Minion movies would run low on smart inventiveness and genuine emotions by substituting quantity for quality.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/4 78% The Beguiled (2017) [Coppola] ignites a long, long dramatic fuse on this art house project, sumptuously rendered by director of cinematography Philippe Le Sourd in ethereal natural light, be it from a woozy, filtered sun or a soft, glowing candle.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
4/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) Despite its pandemic-sounding title, The Big Sick delivers a fresh, funny, endearing and surprisingly emotional story of romance and survival, not necessarily in that order.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/4 88% Maudie (2017) Maudie is directed by Irish filmmaker Aisling Walsh, who allows the complex relationship between Maud and Everett to unfold at a proper pace.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
1.5/4 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Even with the low bar set by Michael Bay's previous Transformers movies, The Last Knight stands apart as an incoherent, disjointed work of visual anarchy, fanboy fantasy, mirthless mayhem and emo-starved characters.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017