Chicago Daily Herald

Chicago Daily Herald is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Dann Gire, Jeff Bayer
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Dann Gire 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.) EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/4 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
2.5/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Dann Gire Flanagan moves King's story along in fits and starts. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/4 The Current War (2017) Dann Gire All the inspiration of a junior high book report. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 The Irishman (2019) Dann Gire 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? EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/4 Joker (2019) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 Abominable (2019) Dann Gire Despite a hilarious running gag of goofy Whooping Snakes constantly popping up, Abominable doesn't hold the attention of its intended audience very long. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 Downton Abbey (2019) Dann Gire "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. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/4 Ready or Not (2019) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
2/4 Gwen (2018) Dann Gire The visual joys of Gwen can't compensate for the parched story they tell. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Dann Gire Bernadette may be a flawed hero, but a human one for a new era of self-aware moms. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
2.5/4 Stuber (2019) Dann Gire [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. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Dann Gire 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? EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
1/4 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Dann Gire Directed with energetic sincerity. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/4 Plus One (2019) Dann Gire Erskine and Quaid share a dazzling chemistry, and they wear their insecurities and feelings like iridescent safety vests. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Dann Gire It sucks the air out of your lungs just thinking about how the filmmakers will top this. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/4 Long Shot (2019) Dann Gire 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? EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 Trial by Fire (2018) Dann Gire Trial by Fire comes off as a thinner, mediocre version of another fact-based death-row drama. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/4 Us (2019) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 The Aftermath (2019) Dann Gire The only thing sweeping in the dramatically underpowered The Aftermath would be rescue teams sweeping through bombed buildings while searching for survivors. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Dann Gire Maras constructs scenes of unyielding suspense as patrons we come to know are placed in jeopardy again and again. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 A Dog's Way Home (2019) Dann Gire A Dog's Way Home caters to kids instead of challenging them, especially near the end. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/4 Vice (2018) Dann Gire Every scene in Adam McKay's bold and bonkers biopic Vice radiates with the unbridled energy of an exuberant, experimental work-in-progress. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/4 Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Dann Gire 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... EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 Creed II (2018) Dann Gire 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... EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
2.5/4 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 Monster Party (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 Mid90s (2018) Dann Gire Hill wants none of that canned Hollywood product. His authentic characters, created from grit and scratch, don't need a splashy ending. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/4 Halloween (2018) Dann Gire This movie pays little attention to realistic details necessary to anchor an effective horror story. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/4 First Man (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/4 A Star Is Born (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/4 Life Itself (2018) Dann Gire 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... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Dann Gire Kids, of course, will not know or care how derivative and suspenseless "House" can get, or how unscary it feels... EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 Mandy (2018) Dann Gire Cage treats Red Miller not as a knocked-out, one-note vigilante, but as a full-blown Shakespearean figure filled with vengeful wrath. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018
1/4 The Basement (2018) Dann Gire This wince-inducing endurance test makes the Saw movies appear downright moralistic. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/4 The Predator (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/4 The Wife (2017) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
2.5/4 Operation Finale (2018) Dann Gire By its second half, Operation Finale becomes a cluttered collection of unconvincing complications designed to ratchet up the suspense. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/4 Arizona (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
2.5/4 Papillon (2017) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
3.5/4 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/4 Christopher Robin (2018) Dann Gire Fun, yet unsurprisingly conventional. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/4 The Meg (2018) Dann Gire The Meg feels like a better production deal for the filmmakers than a better killer shark thriller for audiences. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/4 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/4 Alpha (2018) Dann Gire Underdeveloped details ding this movie in small but significant ways. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
2/4 The Equalizer 2 (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018