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
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
3.5/4 Promised Land (2017) Dann Gire The King presents a provocative exploration of the nation's soul. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/4 Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018
2.5/4 Skyscraper (2018) Dann Gire Johnson commits admirably...but Thurber, lacking the creative checks and balances between separate producers, directors and writers, provides him with limited dramatic options. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2018
3.5/4 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2018
2.5/4 Boundaries (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/4 Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Dann Gire Loss, sadness, rage and revenge drive this story rife with tragedy, corruption and fear. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2018
2/4 Tag (2018) Dann Gire What does it say about a feature comedy when the funniest parts come from the source material it's been inspired by? EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 Incredibles 2 (2018) Dann Gire Incredibles 2 may be engaging, smart and witty, but to say it's as impressive as the original? That's a stretch. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2018
3.5/4 Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Dann Gire Morgan Neville's short and extremely sweet documentary chronicles Rogers' pioneering journey. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
3.5/4 Hereditary (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/4 Filmworker (2017) Dann Gire Tony Zierra's insightful documentary Filmmaker details what surely must be the greatest Sancho Panza story in cinematic history. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/4 Upgrade (2018) Dann Gire Whannell, energetically directing from his original screenplay, whips the story along at Jason Bourne velocity, turning its sizable plotholes into enjoyable speed bumps. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2018
2.5/4 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Dann Gire Not as strong with the force, this one is. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018
1.5/4 Terminal (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
2.5/4 Life of the Party (2018) Dann Gire McCarthy sails through this movie with winning confidence and considerable charm in a relatively unchallenging role built around her comedic strong suits. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
3.5/4 RBG (2018) Dann Gire RBG wisely eschews the traditional and usually boring chronological format of documentary profiles. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2018
2.5/4 Bad Samaritan (2018) Dann Gire An overwhelmingly powerful conscience emerges as the true star of the deliciously cheesy, over-the-top thriller Bad Samaritan. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/4 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/4 I Feel Pretty (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018
2.5/4 Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2018
2.5/4 The Miracle Season (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2018
3.5/4 A Quiet Place (2018) Dann Gire Krasinski's assured and confident direction speedily sweeps us over these minor speed bumps with skin-crawling jump-scares and showcase sequences. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/4 Isle of Dogs (2018) Dann Gire [A] wry, sly, stunningly stylized political parable. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2018
2.5/4 Journey's End (2017) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2018
2.5/4 Ready Player One (2018) Dann Gire 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2018