Dann Gire

Dann Gire
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 83% Undergods (2021) A bold, bleak apocalyptic drama filled with loathsome characters... - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
1/4 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Mortal Kombat wages grim, vapid battle in its film adaptation... - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
2.5/4 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Nothing happens. Did Godzilla simply forget he was in a fierce smackdown to the death? - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
1.5/4 82% Nobody (2021) Odenkirk deserves better. His conflicted character deserves better. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
1.5/4 57% Know Fear (2021) A lowbrow exercise in uninspired, simplistic manipulation. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
2/4 78% Greenland (2020) At first, I thought someone had played a practical joke on me. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
4/4 93% Herself (2021) The brilliant Herself delicately balances optimism with the brutal realities of domestic abuse... - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/4 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Carey Mulligan elevates Promising Young Woman into a feminist vigilante thriller. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/4 87% Supernova (2021) In Harry Macqueen's restrained and elegantly subtle love story Supernova, both Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci turn in incandescent performances. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
2/4 45% The Little Things (2021) Denzel Washington's deputy is the only arresting part in the problematic Little Things. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/4 74% The Mauritanian (2021) The Mauritanian is a tough look at who we are... - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
1/4 27% Bliss (2021) Mike Cahill's ambitious science-fiction/psychological drama Bliss suffers from two extremely big drawbacks. First, its convoluted, minutia-obsessed "Matrix-Lite" screenplay... - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
4/4 94% Nomadland (2021) Nomadland takes audiences on a raw, real, wondrous journey... - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
2/4 No Score Yet Paranormal Prison (2021) The low-budget Paranormal Prison is haunted by low stakes [and] storytelling slog... - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/4 49% Coming 2 America (2021) ...the wait pays off nicely because of its sharper direction, enhanced music and spectacle, plus a saturated layer of funny references that greatly boost the enjoyment factor for fans of the first feature. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
1.5/4 23% Chaos Walking (2021) As expected, Liman keeps the action moving at a serviceable momentum, but his characters run low on solid emotional connections between each other and us. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
2.5/4 90% The Vigil (2021) All these elements set us up to anticipate a horrifying film experience that never quite gels... - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
3.5/4 70% Chhalaang (2020) An accomplished journalistic work of nonfiction that profiles altruistic human actions at their true Christmas best. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
1/4 45% Fatman (2020) Heavy on the realism. Light on the magical. Virtually nonexistent on the fun. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
2.5/4 83% Let Him Go (2020) These two seasoned vets accurately and subtly capture how older, long-married couples interact with shorthand, knowing looks, and an occasional sense of tolerance for each other. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/4 80% Synchronic (2020) Sophisticated special effects combine with Moorhead's nifty camera work (subtle match-cuts, dramatic jump-cuts, smooth tracking shots and a superb "God shot" looking down from above) to elevate Synchronic to a visual treat. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Dreaming Grand Avenue (2020) Hugh Schulze's literally poetic Dreaming Grand Avenue skirts across genres with the reliable grace of an el train hitting every station stop on its way through Chicago. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/4 98% Hamilton (2020) Hamilton succeeds as a musical incentive for fans to seek out what truth about their Founding Fathers they can find, given the whitewashed U.S. history taught to generations of public school students. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
3/4 92% The Vast of Night (2020) Amazon's Vast of Night is a smart, moody blast from the past of space films... - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
2.5/4 41% You Should Have Left (2020) Despite exquisitely rendered scenarios from Angus Hudson's shadowy camera work, You Should Have Left produces more manipulative atmosphere than genuine frights... - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
2/4 40% Irresistible (2020) Call it a less effective kind of satire. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3/4 87% Shirley (2020) Although Moss qualifies as Decker's strongest asset, her celebrated writer nearly becomes a supporting character in her own story. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3/4 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) ...but after delivering an authentically quirky, honest first half, The King of Staten Island leaps into a commercial safety zone by tying everything up in a neat bundle of conventionality...a slight let-down. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
2.5/4 85% Just Mercy (2020) It doesn't help that a market-friendly PG-13 rating constrains the movie so that it resembles a network TV production with the rough edges of real racism rounded off way too nicely. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/4 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) This globe-trotting thriller features a gut-grabbing car chase sequence every bit as visceral but more complex than Steve McQueen's iconic Charger/Mustang duel on the streets of San Francisco... - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Moss, courageously devoid of vanity when the character calls for it, seamlessly whisks Cecilia from victim to victor, but with a high cost of humanity attached. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
2/4 38% Downhill (2020) Ferrell himself seems uncomfortable in his superficial portrait of Pete, a character who establishes no connections with us or his fellow cast members. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/4 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Now upgraded to a video game, The Next Level offers stunning effects finessed by likable actors who don't let the visuals overpower them. (Johnson is particularly hilarious while channeling DeVito's crusty curmudgeon.) - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/4 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) It's like sending a 21st century filmmaking crew back to the turn of the last century to create an epic tale of intimately personal scope. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
2.5/4 78% Doctor Sleep (2019) Flanagan moves King's story along in fits and starts. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/4 61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) All the inspiration of a junior high book report. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 95% The Irishman (2019) The most fiercely Catholic of movie auteurs twists the narrative knife by seducing us with sympathy for a monstrous mobster, then forcing us to later ask ourselves, what have we done? - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/4 68% Joker (2019) Phoenix supercharges this Martin Scorsese-lite polemic with a bombastic, electrifying portrayal of unyielding sympathy for Arthur, whose desperation to connect with others descends into despair. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 81% Abominable (2019) Despite a hilarious running gag of goofy Whooping Snakes constantly popping up, Abominable doesn't hold the attention of its intended audience very long. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 84% Downton Abbey (2019) "Downton Abbey" features a few surprises... the biggest one being how it celebrates the members of Britain's class system while simultaneously villainizing its haughty, exclusionary essence. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) Armed with a clever cleaver of a script from Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy, co-directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett create an atmospheric production that meets George Romero's litmus test for good horror. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
2/4 72% Gwen (2019) The visual joys of Gwen can't compensate for the parched story they tell. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Bernadette may be a flawed hero, but a human one for a new era of self-aware moms. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) As the Once Upon a Time part of the title implies, Tarantino's ninth movie works as both a celebratory and subversive fairy tale, one in which nobody really lives happily, and many not for ever after. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
2.5/4 42% Stuber (2019) [T]he main drag on this reverse "Ride Along" movie turns out to be [Michael] Dowse's style-challenged direction and his fondness for repeating jokes and gags that die of old age right in front of us. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The real attraction in Far From Home remains the adolescent mindsets of Peter, MJ and Ned, who take the end-of-the-world issue seriously, but how can they seriously get a date? - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
1/4 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) You know a horror movie's in trouble when the scariest thing in an evil-spirit-infested house turns out to be its garish, 1970s style wallpaper. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Directed with energetic sincerity. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/4 88% Plus One (2019) Erskine and Quaid share a dazzling chemistry, and they wear their insecurities and feelings like iridescent safety vests. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/4 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) As silly and cartoony as this disaster movie gets -- it's a war allegory without the gory -- Dougherty's movie can't match the dumbfounding idiocy of Roland Emmerick's 1998 Godzilla. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019