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07/27/16 'Jason Bourne' overstuffed with confusing action, plot holes
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - The sensory overloaded "Jason Bourne" illustrates what happens when an action film series shoots for "bigger and more" fights and chases at the expense of character and plot. FULL STORY
07/27/16 Paranoid social media thriller loses its 'Nerve'
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - The neon-glowing social media thriller "Nerve" is not only a cautionary peer-pressure tale, but a paranoid Mr. Hyde version of the current "Pokemon Go" craze. FULL STORY
07/22/16 Original 'Planet of the Apes' back, Blue Whiskey film fest turns 7
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Gire reports that the original "Planet of the Apes" returns to the silver screen and the Blue Whiskey film fest turns 7. FULL STORY
07/21/16 Futuristic film 'Equals' suffers from lethargy, indifference
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Drake Doremus' cautionary, futuristic drama "Equals" has sizzling chemistry with actors Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart but remains indifferently blah and unmercifully humorless. FULL STORY
07/21/16 Science fiction thriller 'Beta Test' needs tech support
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - The science fiction thriller "Beta Test" is an amateur action film with no clue how to write women or how to direct actors with the personalities of nunchucks. FULL STORY
07/21/16 Humorous, engaging 'Trek' reboot goes 'Beyond' with chases, fights and explosions
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - The visual effects in Justin Lin's engaging, humor-infused, nostalgia-overloaded third chapter of the "Star Trek" reboot go beyond spectacular. Still, its cinematic phasers are not set on "stunning." FULL STORY
07/21/16 Filmmaker juggles mind-boggling conspiracy theories in 'Hillary's America'
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Dinesh D'Souza's "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party" is a bumpy, off-the-rails train to Paranoia Town, Dann Gire says. FULL STORY
07/21/16 'Lights Out' a monster mash-up of clever innovations, horror conventions
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Supernatural thriller "Lights Out" is an engaging monster mash-up of clever innovations and genre conventions, tightly packed into an energetically fleet 81-minute running time. FULL STORY
07/20/16 Gire remembers late Garry Marshall: 'I like to make people laugh'
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Northwestern University grad, TV producer and movie director Garry Marshall: "I like to make people laugh." He died Tuesday at 81. FULL STORY
07/14/16 Readers ‘pet'-rified by negative film review
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Dann Gire's review of "The Secret Life of Pets" called the animated kids film out for glorifying bullying. Readers, however, think he needs a "chill pill." FULL STORY
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