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01/18/18 Horror-comedy 'Mom and Dad' explores dark side of parental resentment
By Dann Gire Film Critic - Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair play parents who've had enough of kids in Brian Taylor's ultra-black horror comedy "Mom and Dad," featuring a loopy script that wades into taboo territory. FULL STORY
01/18/18 Adorable stars elevate Lifetime Channel-grade romance 'Forever My Girl'
By Dann Gire Film Critic - Cool British actor Alex Roe and a luminous Jessica Roe star in "Forever My Girl," a winning romantic fantasy about forgiveness and second chances. And third chances. FULL STORY
01/04/18 Who ya gonna call? Elise Rainier in cheesy 'Insidious' horror prequel
By Dann Gire - Parapsychologist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) discovers you really can go home again, especially to deal with the demons of your past in "Insidious: The Last Key," a deliberate and knowingly cheesy horror prequel co-starring Bruce Davison. FULL STORY
01/04/18 Western film archetypes occupy ruthless yet elegant 'Hostiles'
By Dann Gire - Christian Bale is the main star, but Rosamund Pike dominates the elegantly photographed, leisurely paced violent western "Hostiles" with a performance so raw and real that it sears the heart. FULL STORY
01/03/18 Streep, Hanks deliver vital newsroom drama with Spielberg's 'The Post'
By Dann Gire - Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks generate a Katharine Hepburn/Spencer Tracy vibe in Steven Spielberg's snappy, cautionary docudrama "The Post" with Bob Odenkirk and Tracy Letts. FULL STORY
12/27/17 'Get Out' tops Dann Gire's best movies of 2017
By Dann Gire - Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone-ish horror comedy "Get Out" is the best film of 2017. Works by Steven Spielberg, Greta Gerwig and Ridley Scott also make Dann Gire's best-of list. FULL STORY
12/20/17 A splendid Christopher Plummer steps in to save 'All the Money in the World'
By Dann Gire - Christopher Plummer creates a stunning piece of inspired craftsmanship as billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott's fact-based drama "All the Money in the World." FULL STORY
12/12/17 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' the most operatic, conflicted chapter in series
By Dann Gire Film Critic - Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Adam Driver reprise their roles in Rian Johnson's ambitious "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the third most remarkable movie in the series. FULL STORY
12/10/17 ‘Call Me By Your Name,' ‘Shape of Water' lead Chicago Film Critics nominations
By Dann Gire - "Call Me By Your Name" and "The Shape of Water" lead the nominations for the 2017 Chicago Film Critics Awards to be announced Tuesday night. FULL STORY
12/06/17 'Darkest Hour' a victory for Gary Oldman's crusty Winston Churchill
By Dann Gire Film Critic - Gary Oldman's transformative portrayal of Winston Churchill in the historical drama "Darkest Hour" achieves the same level as Marlon Brando's interpretation of the Godfather. FULL STORY
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