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Dann Gire

Dann Gire
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 39% 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 67% 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 98% 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 87% 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 36% 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 94% 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 77% 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 75% 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 82% 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 51% 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 93% 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 18% 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 61% 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 79% 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 87% 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
3/4 76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Consider Mike White's clever drama the 21st century version of My Dinner With Andre -- with shivs.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1.5/4 No Score Yet The Recall (2017) The Recall is the kind of bad flying saucer movie you almost enjoy as much as a good one, just because it's so unaware of its own cheesy dumbness.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
1/4 23% Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) [Once Upon a Time in Venice] feels like a really bad, star-studded Oceans 11 prequel which, like a first pancake, should have been thrown out.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/4 13% Kill Switch (2017) The tiresome, desensitizing first-person-shooter aesthetics in Kill Switch (not to be confused with Steven Seagal's 2008 thriller) diminish what modest humanity Smit's movie musters.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/4 68% Cars 3 (2017) Even with an abundance of full-throttle races (rendered in splendid, detailed animation), Cars 3 doesn't travel all that fast for its 111-minutes, prompting some viewers to perhaps check the clock -- not in a good way.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2.5/4 41% The Hunter's Prayer (2017) [Traffics] in routine dumb and inept movie assassins.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 88% It Comes At Night (2017) It Comes at Night intends to be a cautionary tale about the corrosive, terrible power of fear, but its isolationist bent and thinly disguised xenophobic message also feel creepily and politically prescient.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 83% Megan Leavey (2017) Cowperthwaite brings the heat during the Iraq scenes, merging her journalistic approach with dramatic devices that imbue Megan Leavey with authenticity and urgency.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2.5/4 16% The Mummy (2017) This Mummy teems with promising ideas that never fully materialize.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman gives rising star Gal Gadot the chance to... demonstrate her impressive skill set that includes a nuanced sense of humor, heightened physicality, dramatic gravitas and charismatic self-confidence.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
2/4 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales isn't a terrible sequel, just a disappointing one.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
2/4 45% Everything, Everything (2017) Unencumbered by financial restraints, Maddy and Olly apparently can own any phone, any size Apple computer screen, or new Toyota pickup truck they want.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3.5/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Nobody comes to see Alien: Covenant for surprises of the pleasant sort. The unpleasant ones come at us with such intensity that in this space, everyone really can hear you scream.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2.5/4 69% The Wall (2017) The abrupt introduction of this chatty theatrical artifice disrupts the drama's gritty realism. Now, it really does feel like a one-set, real-time stage play.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
1.5/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) It's as if Ritchie sensed the ponderous weight of his story and dumped in every visual gimmick from his directorial kitchen sink.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/4 35% Snatched (2017) Schumer continues to be an audacious, fearless and un-embarrassable comic lightning rod for intimate female sincerity.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3/4 89% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) By the close of Nguyen's doc we have witnessed the arduous process [of] an American visionary.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/4 51% The Dinner (2017) Strong, focused performances give The Dinner sufficient reason to be seen. But the finessed, sometimes chilling portraits of middle-class denizens in moral crisis don't give much shape to Moverman's blobby narrative.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2.5/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Frenetic and frequently funny, Vol. 2 moves so mercifully fast that we hardly notice the narrative potholes.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
2.5/4 92% The Devil's Candy (2017) The Devil's Candy settles for a standard-issue hellfire finale, one that obliterates what tattered credibility remains in Byrne's story.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/4 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) Christopher Spelman's orchestral score spikes the narrative with classical flourishes as Gray whisks us into an Indiana Jones adventure so realistic, its speculations on what happened to Fawcett and his son feel dead-on.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2/4 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Norman possesses no core values we can detect, no personal history we can be sure of, and no sense of ethics we can confirm. Tragically, we can't empathize with such a shape-shifting character we know so little about.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2/4 50% The Promise (2017) The Promise falls so much in love with its own epic grandness that its dramatic heart gets lost among sweeping vistas and endless parades of violent confrontations, tearful reunions and tearful goodbyes.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 67% Free Fire (2017) If Sam Peckinpah remade The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, you'd get something like Ben Wheatley's ode to the cinema of comic cruelty Free Fire.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2.5/4 63% Tommy's Honour (2017) The ending involving an interview with an 84-year-old Tom Morris should be a two-fisted Kleenex moment. It settles for barely a fist.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2.5/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) At 136 minutes, The Fate of the Furious suffers from a "more is more" approach that effectively dilutes the power of the movie had it been trimmed down to fighting weight by minimizing its slow-motion shots.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017