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Dann Gire

Dann Gire
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 74% 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 58% 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 48% 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 51% 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 64% 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 55% 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 93% 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 95% 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 85% 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 71% 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 38% 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 83% 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 14% 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 49% 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 73% 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
79% 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 38% 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
2/4 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) It occurred to me early on that The Leisure Seeker could effortlessly be adapted into a two-person, single-set stage play. But given the relatively inert material here, who'd want to do that?‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/4 40% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A fantasy with flash, flair and friendly advice to help kids cope when the world doesn't seem to make sense.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
2/4 58% Half Magic (2018) Half Magic is a timely relationship sex comedy encompassing several positive aspects, and a few negative ones, of an exuberant student film with something to say.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/4 83% Game Night (2018) They inject this funny film with just enough realism to make us feel threatened, relieved and elated.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/4 82% Early Man (2018) Poor Dug barely possesses a personality, or a dramatic arc -- so why isn't Goona the lead character?...Kids, of course, will be mesmerized by the delightfully crude stop-motion and the Saturday morning cartoon high jinks.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2.5/4 72% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) Vacth creates an empathetic, yet unreadable protagonist on a journey where delusions frequently overpower reality.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
3.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) These are no small ideas. This cogent screenplay serves up the obligatory superhero trappings -- but it addresses real-world issues of global propriety and responsibility with an underlying sense of gravity.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
3/4 63% Peter Rabbit (2018) Peter Rabbit runs an engaging gamut of sight gags, cinematic chases and unadulterated dopiness.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
2.5/4 53% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) In the bigger picture, Bilal succeeds in providing audiences with a wider, better understanding of the Islamic faith.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2.5/4 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) The Death Cure [is] the best-executed and most spectacular episode in Wes Ball's action-packed dystopian science-fiction trilogy.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
2.5/4 20% Forever My Girl (2018) Even if you're not a fan of Sparks movies, Forever My Girl offers several appealing elements.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
2/4 75% Mom and Dad (2018) Taylor suggests our obsession with technology can be dangerous but never develops the premise. His loopy screenplay bravely treads into taboo territory, but falls more toward shock and exploitation than perverse fun and enlightened truth.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3/4 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Here, new director Adam Robitel and series writer/star Leigh Whannel fine-tune the art of the jump-scare by strategically executing the jolts microseconds before or after we expect them.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
2.5/4 72% Hostiles (2018) Pike dominates Cooper's draggy, elegant movie with a brutal performance so raw and real it sears the heart.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3.5/4 87% The Post (2018) Spielberg, now 70, rammed this production through in record time and directs The Post with the enthusiasm of an artist half his age.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
3.5/4 77% All the Money in the World (2017) This movie is a game of sorts, a crackling chess game with Plummer as the king, Williams as the queen, Wahlberg as the knight, young Plummer as the pawn, Duris as the bishop and Ridley Scott, now 80, as the cinematic supreme chess master.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi suffers from occasional inconsistencies in character and plot, but these quibbles are easily absorbed into the impressively vast and colorful canvas that Johnson paints with such passion and empathy.‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
3.5/4 85% 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 97% 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