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Dann Gire

Dann Gire
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 88% 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 88% 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 46% 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 67% 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
1.5/4 30% The Assignment (2017) The seamy characters in Walter Hill's cracked-out crazy, low-budget, neo-noiry thriller The Assignment don't share conversations. They exchange protracted expository speeches that sound like a playwright's explanation notes at the beginning of a play.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 46% The Ticket (2017) Beauty and the Beast star Dan Stevens (he plays the Beast) supplies Ido Fluk's problematic, but courageously experimental morality play The Ticket with one of the year's most authentic, detailed screen performances.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/4 45% Going in Style (2017) Caine, Freeman and Arkin share a comfortable camaraderie as three old pals who know each other so well, they can forgive each other for cranky outbreaks or poor decisions that might crush younger relationships.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/4 64% For Here Or To Go? (2017) It's funny, romantic, thoughtful, even silly.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2/4 73% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) These characters remain aloof and sketchy. They do not earn our sympathy or concern in a thriller where horror filmmakers simply try too hard.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2/4 40% Wilson (2017) Harrelson, who elevated sarcasm to a humanistic art form as the put-upon high school teacher in last year's The Edge of Seventeen, buries his heart under layers of antagonistic attitudes.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/4 79% Dig Two Graves (2017) If the young Coen brothers had been turned loose in Southern Illinois to create an ultra-low-budget, 1970s supernatural horror tale reeking of EC Comics vibes, it might have roughly resembled Hunter Adams' stylish gothic tale of revenge Dig Two Graves.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
1.5/4 16% CHIPS (2017) What we get with CHiPs -- Dax Shepard's randy, R-rated take on the blandly inoffensive 1977 NBC TV series -- is the sort of lowbrow action comedy usually released in the waning weeks of the summer season.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Condon's visually opulent, slower-tempo movie mostly succeeds, with a few embellishments tossed in to spice up its nostalgia quotient.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3/4 33% The Last Word (2017) Nothing happens here we don't see coming. Still, MacLaine makes it work well on arrival.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2.5/4 37% Brimstone (2017) A grim and unsavory tale of female empowerment with the kind of her-head-is-bloodied-but-unbowed ending you feel compelled to applaud, but can't bring yourself to do it.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/4 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Skull Island knows what makes an old-fashioned monster movie work, mainly lots of monsters. Some fly. Some swim. Some have big teeth.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
2.5/4 66% Before I Fall (2017) As Lindsay, Sage handles the heavy lifting in this cast, giving what could have been a one-dimensional B-queen a vulnerable, frightened interior protected by layers of meanness and antagonism.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/4 92% Logan (2017) Logan makes for a better character study than superhero adventure.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
2.5/4 39% Rock Dog (2017) Unlike in Pixar and Disney features, they also don't raise the bar much beyond the level of cartoons packed with flashy action sequences and 13 catchy songs.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) The Girl With All the Gifts finds a fresh, gutsy approach to the zombie virus apocalypse movie.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3.5/4 97% Kedi (2017) [Torun] and her filmmaking team do things the hard, interesting way.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/4 99% Get Out (2017) Get Out performs a service that only high-end horror and comedy films (plus some science-fiction) can: present a disturbingly honest, critical analysis of the status quo safely disguised as an entertaining genre work.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
1/4 27% Fist Fight (2017) The insipid high school comedy Fist Fight celebrates and exploits the very ideas that it should be ridiculing for comic effect.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
1.5/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) Seldom in motion picture history has such stylish, visual bombast been forced to service such dumbed-down, subtly racist storytelling.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
2.5/4 83% A United Kingdom (2017) At the end of the movie, a crawl tells us of the amazing accomplishments Seretse and Ruth did in their later years. And you wonder how much more satisfying this movie could have been had these been part of this story.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
1.5/4 No Score Yet The Adventure Club (2017) Adventure Club has its heart in the right place (its message of forgiveness for reformed bullies and apologetic family betrayers is admirable), but its brain has gone comatose and its adrenal glands never get excited.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3.5/4 91% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Not since the John Woo-inspired Lethal Weapon have fight segments so delightfully surprised us with their lyrical movement, raw force and explosive spontaneity, all supplemented by Oscar-grade sound editing and mixing.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3.5/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The creators of The Lego Batman Movie could never have anticipated that their manic, animated kids' toy comedy would become the most prescient, overtly political movie of the 21st century so far.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
2.5/4 86% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Cox and Hirsch lend marvelous gravitas to their father-and-son team, whose reactions to the unfolding mystery pile on the ominous sense of dread that will soon be punctured by a chaotic chamber-of-horrors fight for survival.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2.5/4 75% Growing Up Smith (Good Ol' Boy) (2017) Growing Up Smith possesses a big heart, features a funny and engagingly sincere performance by Lake Zurich's Roni Akurati, and offers an ending that swaps easy sentiment for the hard-earned kind.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/4 25% The Comedian (2017) Robert De Niro's dark and sassy stand-up comic dramedy The Comedian feels like a 119-minute setup that forgot its punchline.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/4 32% A Dog's Purpose (2017) A cute, funny, risky movie that, in lesser hands, wouldn't work.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
1.5/4 42% Gold (2017) McConaughey's impassioned portrait of a capitalistic risk-taker can't overcome Gaghan's lethargic pacing and studied style, despite the screenplay from two writers on Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/4 84% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/4 75% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
1.5/4 32% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
3/4 85% Silence (2017) From the oft-cited technical standpoint, Silence is nothing less than an admirable piece of craftsmanship.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
2.5/4 73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 71% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
1.5/4 14% Man Down (2016) The stilted artifice of Man Down never allows us to believe what we're watching, except for LaBeouf.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 96% Moana (2016) A contemporary musical adventure that defies a few antiquated Disney conventions while exploiting a few others that still work.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016