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
3.5/4 Chhalaang (2020) Dann Gire An accomplished journalistic work of nonfiction that profiles altruistic human actions at their true Christmas best. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
1/4 Fatman (2020) Dann Gire Heavy on the realism. Light on the magical. Virtually nonexistent on the fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
2.5/4 Let Him Go (2020) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/4 Synchronic (2019) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/4 Dreaming Grand Avenue (2020) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/4 Hamilton (2020) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2020
3/4 The Vast of Night (2019) Dann Gire Amazon's Vast of Night is a smart, moody blast from the past of space films... EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
2.5/4 You Should Have Left (2020) Dann Gire Despite exquisitely rendered scenarios from Angus Hudson's shadowy camera work, You Should Have Left produces more manipulative atmosphere than genuine frights... EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
2/4 Irresistible (2020) Dann Gire Call it a less effective kind of satire. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
3/4 Shirley (2020) Dann Gire Although Moss qualifies as Decker's strongest asset, her celebrated writer nearly becomes a supporting character in her own story. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
3/4 The King of Staten Island (2020) Dann Gire ...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. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
2.5/4 Just Mercy (2019) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/4 The Rhythm Section (2020) Dann Gire 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... EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/4 The Invisible Man (2020) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
2/4 Downhill (2020) Dann Gire Ferrell himself seems uncomfortable in his superficial portrait of Pete, a character who establishes no connections with us or his fellow cast members. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
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: Director's Cut (2019) 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