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Andrea Gronvall

Andrea Gronvall
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego's follow-up to their 2015 gem Embrace of the Serpent is a stunner.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) The work as it stands now has considerable merit as a document recorded during a watershed period of the American civil rights movement. As a concert film, it's elevated by Franklin's powerhouse three-octave range and soulful phrasing.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) Directed, shot, and edited by Steven Soderbergh, this cerebral Netflix original is an even more incisive drama about the business of sports than Moneyball.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
99% For Sama (2019) One of the most intimate and stirring documentaries about war in the 21st century, and a plea to the free nations of the world to act.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
94% Premature (2020) Premature is one of the year's best films. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
No Score Yet Strive (2019) The screenplay by Sha-Risse Smith and Piper Dellums at times hovers on melodrama, but Starr keeps the film on target with her performance.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
80% Sprinter (2019) A crowd-pleaser devoid of false sentimentality, thanks to its disarming young lead, Dale Elliott, and a sturdy supporting cast that includes Lorraine Toussaint and Dennis Titus...‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
No Score Yet While I Breathe, I Hope (2019) Don't miss this enlightening documentary, a primer on the risks and rewards of politics, and why it's absolutely fundamental that all citizens engage in its discourse, on whatever level we can.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
83% Always in Season (2019) Although difficult to watch, the film is invaluable in its exploration of lynching as a form of racial terrorism.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
No Score Yet It Must Schwing - The Blue Note Story (2018) The movie makes a strong case for how Blue Note helped change race relations in the U.S.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) If there ever was a case of a film adaptation improving on the original source material, this is it.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/4 90% Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank (2019) ...director Fox let his subject lead too much of the way, and the film's resulting stream-of-consciousness shapelessness could easily confuse any viewer who knew little or nothing about Frank and his works going in. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Pull My Daisy (1959) Pull My Daisy situates the viewer in one of Frank's most creative decades, with a cast of who's who among the Beats.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) This is an insider's fascinating meditation on the nature of genius and stardom and the toll they take on the naively optimistic.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 93% Wild Rose (2019) ...perhaps a little too tidily by the end, Wild Rose nonetheless feels authentic.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
2.5/4 86% 16 Shots (2019) Laquan McDonald deserved a better life, and he deserved a better memorial than a dashcam video, or, for that matter, 16 Shots. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/4 94% Transit (2019) ...a profound meditation on the dehumanizing condition of statelessness.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
79% Photograph (2019) This too-languidly-paced film lacks the emotional payoff of The Lunchbox, and rising newcomer Malhotra is not yet in Siddiqui's league.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
No Score Yet Babam Ve Oglum (My Father and My Son) (2005) Blatantly manipulative, broadly acted, and with a score that's about as subtle as a pit bull.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) A cure for superhero movie fatigue, this lean, gory horror film...has a coherent narrative and pays off with a bang. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
100% Find Me (2019) The stunning landscapes and Huang's low-key persona are enchanting, as are the ethnically diverse free spirits he encounters during his quest.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
100% Penguin Highway (2019) Making his feature debut, 30-year-old director Hiroyasu Ishida confidently adapts Tomihiko Morimi's bestselling coming-of-age novel, gracefully segueing...‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Herzog can be forgiven for his hero worship of the statesman so instrumental in the reunification of Germany, a politician who was born to rural peasants and never forgot that the people come first.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
88% Satan & Adam (2019) ...surprisingly flat. Too bad, since their story would seem like a can't-miss...‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 72% All Is True (2019) In All Is True Branagh and Elton do what the Bard did himself: take something-be it someone else's idea, an historical fact, or a recent event-and mash it up with original material, to fashion an entertainment that feels real.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
67% The White Crow (2019) It's astonishing that this is Ivenko's first movie role, because he projects Nureyev's drive, seductiveness, intellectual curiosity, imperiousness, vulnerability, and mercurial temper with a naturalism that seems effortless.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Oh Willy... (2013) Just for fun, the directors throw in a yeti as well, a surreal element that nonetheless is the perfect capper for this oedipal tale.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 100% This Magnificent Cake! (Ce magnifique gâteau!) (2019) A feeling of surreal disconnection and an elliptical approach to storytelling distinguish This Magnificent Cake!‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 39% Man on Fire (2004) Washington has chosen wisely, and he hasn't had to wait long.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
54% The Best of Enemies (2019) Comparisons will inevitably be made to Green Book for its upbeat vibe, but in terms of serious craft and admirable aspirations, this film is more in the league of 42 and Selma.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) This film was developed at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute lab for emerging talent; he certainly found one in French actress Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, here making an impressive feature directorial debut.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) It's essential viewing for the ways in which it illuminates brutally hard lives many of us could otherwise not imagine, and for the craft of its nonprofessional performers.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
88% To Dust (2019) Shawn Snyder makes a strikingly original and winsome feature debut.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/4 77% Never Look Away (2019) Never Look Away becomes livelier after Kurt and Ellie escape to West Berlin and settle in culturally bustling Düsseldorf. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) Miss Bala offers a self-flattering vision of American strength, as one focused gun-toting gal strikes a blow for her gender while cleaning up a skirmish in the ongoing war on drugs.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) What the film is doing is recognizing their indelible life force and originality; it's a cri de coeur hurled toward an increasingly hidebound and emotionally stunted era of Western civilization.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) It makes you ponder, from the standpoint of cultural anthropology, the differences between then and now, with conglomerates today hell-bent on enriching shareholders by decimating workforces. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) James Laxton's cinematography is even more richly hued than his work on Jenkins's Moonlight, and the sound design and Nicholas Britell's score add to the movie's brimming sensory pleasures.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) Veteran cinematographer Don Burgess's widescreen images beguile, and Bill Brzeski's production design impresses mightily, but next time, someone please give Momoa and company some memorable dialogue.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/4 93% The Favourite (2018) As the intrigue heightens in The Favourite, so do the film's surreal touches.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) The leads are superb, buoyed by Amy Ryan as Nic's mom, Maura Tierney as his stepmother, and LisaGay Hamilton in a moving cameo.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
63% The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch (Wolkenbruchs wunderliche reise in die arme einer schickse) (2018) This Swiss-German romantic comedy delivers on its whimsical title.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
100% Retablo (2017) Alvaro Delgado Aparicio examines societal notions of masculinity, and how an artistic temperament can be both a vulnerability and a lifeline in a harsh world. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
93% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Peter Bogdanovich brings his formidable knowledge of movies to bear in this incisive portrait of Buster Keaton...‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
100% Before the Frost (Før frosten) (2018) To the movie's credit, writer-director Michael Noer and his cowriter, Jesper Fink, provide enough plot twists to upend viewer expectations about the nature of evil in this study of human savagery.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
96% Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) (2018) Under Pernille Fischer Christensen's astute direction, the actors never descend into bathos.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/4 100% Mother's Day (2018) [Mays] is well matched by McClure, Wilmot, and Martin, who renders every gesture of her reticent character telling beyond words.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2/4 94% Cardboard Gangsters (2017) ...any sympathy for our "hero" is severely taxed.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2/4 14% Life Itself (2018) I've seen Life Itself twice already, and I may even watch it a third time someday, not because it's perfect-it isn't-but because just as with my own life, I like to revisit the high points.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 40% School of Life (L'école buissonnière) (2017) Although he presents several characters fondly, Vanier emphasizes seriousness of purpose over playfulness.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018