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Dann Gire

Dann Gire
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 56% The Grinch (2018) Part of the problem with The Grinch stems from its plushily padded plot designed to s-t-r-e-t-c-h 30 minutes of good material into 86 elongated minutes of cartoony chases, overwritten dialogue and a lack of genuine, touching moments. ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 83% Monster Party (2018) Chris von Hoffman's Monster Party ranks as one of the better genre entries. It packs much more suspense, humor and shock value than the current Halloween reboot.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 76% Mid90s (2018) Hill wants none of that canned Hollywood product. His authentic characters, created from grit and scratch, don't need a splashy ending.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/4 79% Halloween (2018) This movie pays little attention to realistic details necessary to anchor an effective horror story.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/4 88% First Man (2018) Everything in First Man leads up to the climactic moonwalk where Armstrong takes that leap for mankind on a chilling, desolate, pockmarked landscape, a sequence encased in throat-gripping silence.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Lady Gaga supplies an astonishing work of transparent, transporting joy, a frayed electrical wire of emotion with the voice of an earthy angel. She complements Cooper's sexy, sensitive, pugnacious and powerful Star is Born.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/4 13% Life Itself (2018) Dan Fogelman assuredly had Tarantino in mind when he constructed Life Itself as five intertwined, overlapping chapters, each brandishing a Hallmark card message of hope and light...‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Kids, of course, will not know or care how derivative and suspenseless "House" can get, or how unscary it feels...‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 92% Mandy (2018) Cage treats Red Miller not as a knocked-out, one-note vigilante, but as a full-blown Shakespearean figure filled with vengeful wrath.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
1/4 13% The Basement (2018) This wince-inducing endurance test makes the Saw movies appear downright moralistic.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/4 33% The Predator (2018) Ultimately, though, plot and character become collateral damage in this free-for-all mess of goofy jokes, blood-splattering violence, cluttered visual effects and preposterous stunts.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/4 84% The Wife (2018) Runge directs The Wife with a straightforward, unadorned style, as if he knew Close's extraordinary performance would single-handedly lift this movie to a higher level.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2.5/4 59% Operation Finale (2018) By its second half, Operation Finale becomes a cluttered collection of unconvincing complications designed to ratchet up the suspense.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/4 41% Arizona (2018) When it comes to something worthwhile to say, the bleakly black and blood-red comedy Arizona turns out to be as barren and deserted as its desolate suburban landscape.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2.5/4 52% Papillon (2018) Noer's Papillon -- a remake of Franklin J. Schaffner's 1973 feature starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman -- lacks the emotional resonance necessary to carry us through an already lengthy 136-minute running time without it feeling even longer.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3.5/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) McQuarrie stuffs a great 120-minute action film inside a very good 147-minute one that might have benefited from another run through the editing program.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/4 71% Christopher Robin (2018) Fun, yet unsurprisingly conventional.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/4 45% The Meg (2018) The Meg feels like a better production deal for the filmmakers than a better killer shark thriller for audiences.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee's spot-on, politically prescient serio-comedy BlacKkKlansman shouts it again, "Wake up!" but with more urgency, more intensity, more scares and more laughs.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/4 81% Alpha (2018) Underdeveloped details ding this movie in small but significant ways.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Less attention has been paid to Richard Wenk's screenplay, a contrived work that traffics in lapses of common sense and internal logic, plus an artificially sweet ending.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/4 77% The King (2018) The King presents a provocative exploration of the nation's soul.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/4 59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) This movie actually respects audience intelligence by never dumbing-down the information as Hollywood films do when characters read messages out loud to nobody as they write them.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
2.5/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) Johnson commits admirably...but Thurber, lacking the creative checks and balances between separate producers, directors and writers, provides him with limited dramatic options.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3.5/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp runs nearly two hours, but its merry mix of deft one-liners, visual gags, restrained action sequences and subatomic protoplasmic spectacle never drags, especially with Rudd's witty, confident performance.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2.5/4 52% Boundaries (2018) Shana Feste's sputtering road movie Boundaries boasts a well-cast assortment of flawed, eccentric characters traveling a long, long stretch of dramatically flat terrain.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Loss, sadness, rage and revenge drive this story rife with tragedy, corruption and fear.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2/4 56% Tag (2018) What does it say about a feature comedy when the funniest parts come from the source material it's been inspired by?‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 may be engaging, smart and witty, but to say it's as impressive as the original? That's a stretch.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3.5/4 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Morgan Neville's short and extremely sweet documentary chronicles Rogers' pioneering journey.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3.5/4 89% Hereditary (2018) Collette's chilling performance [is] a raw, soul-searing expression steeped in the traditions of high Greek tragedy and used to maximum effect by Aster in a grand example of gripping Grand Guignol.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/4 96% Filmworker (2018) Tony Zierra's insightful documentary Filmmaker details what surely must be the greatest Sancho Panza story in cinematic history.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/4 86% Upgrade (2018) Whannell, energetically directing from his original screenplay, whips the story along at Jason Bourne velocity, turning its sizable plotholes into enjoyable speed bumps.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2.5/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Not as strong with the force, this one is.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
1.5/4 21% Terminal (2018) Robbie struggles to give her blank performance depth and texture, but Stein gives the actress so little to work with, even she can do little more than pose pretty in pink, or white, or black.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2.5/4 37% Life of the Party (2018) McCarthy sails through this movie with winning confidence and considerable charm in a relatively unchallenging role built around her comedic strong suits.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3.5/4 94% RBG (2018) RBG wisely eschews the traditional and usually boring chronological format of documentary profiles.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
2.5/4 53% Bad Samaritan (2018) An overwhelmingly powerful conscience emerges as the true star of the deliciously cheesy, over-the-top thriller Bad Samaritan.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/4 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Intriguing, but virtually devoid of suspense. Funny, but pressing too hard for laughs. Monotonous, but not boring...Still, the ambitious Infinity War should be mandatory viewing for serious Marvel movie fans.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/4 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) This movie belongs to the effervescent, sincere Schumer who excels at portraying the wisecracking, loose floozy traditionally consigned to being the leading lady's comical sidekick.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2.5/4 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Director Jeff Wadlow puts his impressively sympathetic actors through some grueling paces in a crisply edited tale that examines the notion that truth may not be all that liberating.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
2.5/4 50% The Miracle Season (2018) Regrettably, The Miracle Season packages an excellent message inside a mediocre, formulaic sports drama loaded with cliches...but the miracle in Miracle Season has little to do with sports.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3.5/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Krasinski's assured and confident direction speedily sweeps us over these minor speed bumps with skin-crawling jump-scares and showcase sequences.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/4 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) [A] wry, sly, stunningly stylized political parable.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
2.5/4 93% Journey's End (2018) Stagy and deliberate in its pacing, the earnest World War I drama Journey's End provides a wonderful opportunity for its cast members to demonstrate some actorly acting.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
2.5/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) Frenetic and dense action sequences engage, but seldom thrill. And threats to the heroes' lives don't feel convincing...While Sheridan and Cooke create personable characters, they lack the sizzling chemistry needed to punch through the artifice.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
78% I Kill Giants (2018) The movie's bluntly delivered message to young girls, "You are stronger than you think," resonates with power and authority.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/4 80% Unsane (2018) This boilerplate thriller will never be mistaken for a minor Alfred Hitchcock project, but Soderbergh joyously knocks out this cheesy quickie.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/4 92% Love, Simon (2018) This movie simply refuses to "normalize" bigotry, hatred and xenophobia. And does it with a kind, understanding and forgiving heart.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
2.5/4 40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Roberts directs "Prey at Night" as a bloody valentine to old-school '70s and '80s movies...Like villains in vintage mad slasher movies, "The Strangers" franchise will not die easily. Roberts has seen to that.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018