Dann Gire

Dann Gire
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 85% 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 69% 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 48% 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 64% 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 90% 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 41% 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
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It sucks the air out of your lungs just thinking about how the filmmakers will top this. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) The Longest Shot of all: What are the odds that this zany rom-com would turn out to be the funniest crowd-pleaser of 2019 so far? - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 61% Trial by Fire (2019) Trial by Fire comes off as a thinner, mediocre version of another fact-based death-row drama. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/4 93% Us (2019) The most frightening element has less to do with its operatic violence than its stunner suggestion as to who the film's true villains might be. It's a double delight. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 27% The Aftermath (2019) The only thing sweeping in the dramatically underpowered The Aftermath would be rescue teams sweeping through bombed buildings while searching for survivors. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) If Tim Burton's visually spellbinding "re-imagining" of Walt Disney's 1941 hand-drawn animation classic "Dumbo" possesses magic, it must be in its ability to make things disappear. Things like sheer amazement. And strong emotions. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Maras constructs scenes of unyielding suspense as patrons we come to know are placed in jeopardy again and again. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 60% A Dog's Way Home (2019) A Dog's Way Home caters to kids instead of challenging them, especially near the end. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/4 66% Vice (2018) Every scene in Adam McKay's bold and bonkers biopic Vice radiates with the unbridled energy of an exuberant, experimental work-in-progress. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/4 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Charismatic actress Ella Hunt plays the titular heroine, confidently commanding our attention without succumbing to the usual "please like me" shtick practiced by many young performers... - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 84% Creed II (2018) Under the less-inspired direction of Steven Caple Jr., Creed II feels like a compilation of greatest Rocky scenes climaxed by a final match so ludicrously cliched that viewers groaned during a Monday screening... - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2.5/4 59% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 74% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 81% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/4 87% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/4 14% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
1/4 11% The Basement (2018) This wince-inducing endurance test makes the Saw movies appear downright moralistic. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/4 32% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/4 85% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2.5/4 61% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/4 40% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/4 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Fun, yet unsurprisingly conventional. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/4 46% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/4 96% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/4 80% Alpha (2018) Underdeveloped details ding this movie in small but significant ways. - Chicago Daily Herald EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/4 61% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
2.5/4 47% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018