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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Marriage Story (2019) Richard Roeper I'm not buying every chapter of this Marriage Story, but there's enough material here to warrant a look. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/4 The Good Liar (2019) Richard Roeper The more we learn about the main characters, the less we believe they'd do the things they do. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Richard Roeper One of the best ensemble casts of the year, in one of the best movies ever made about auto racing. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/4 The Irishman (2019) Richard Roeper This is the best movie of the year so far and one of the best films of the decade. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/4 Midway (2019) Richard Roeper These terrific actors and many more are stuck playing one-dimensional characters who have to deliver lines straight out of a second-rate, mid-20th century war movie, while competing with 21st century CGI pyrotechnics. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/4 Last Christmas (2019) Richard Roeper Henry Golding and Emilia Clarke make a charming duo in a sweet love story that rises above the standard, lightweight holiday fare. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Richard Roeper A tip of the REDRUM to Doctor Sleep and to Ewan McGregor's memorable performance for giving us the opportunity to catch up with Danny Torrance in a most satisfying manner. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/4 Harriet (2019) Richard Roeper The crackling historical fiction frames her harrowing rescue missions in fast-paced, quick-cut style. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/4 Frankie (2019) Richard Roeper Alas, as whole, Frankie plays like one of Woody Allen's lesser, European-set films... EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Richard Roeper There are more than enough ingredients here to cook up one rousing and thought-provoking sci-fi thriller. Except this time around, they're just serving up overcooked leftovers. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/4 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Richard Roeper ...an effective mood piece and a worthy entry in the genre. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/4 Paradise Hills (2019) Richard Roeper Give it up for "Paradise Hills" for swinging for the fences when it comes to bat-bleep crazy. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/4 Nikki Glaser: Bangin' (2019) Richard Roeper It's wall-to-wall raunchy humor - but in addition to being sharp and funny, these routines include self-deprecating insights into Glaser's insecurities and issues. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/4 The Current War (2017) Richard Roeper Even the likes of Thomas Edison would have to go back to the lab and do some tinkering to make this one shine. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Richard Roeper Jojo Rabbit draws upon the past to make salient points about the state of the world today, with Waititi urging us (sometimes in not so subtle ways) to pay attention to history... EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/4 Black and Blue (2019) Richard Roeper Strong performances by Naomie Harris and Tyrese Gibson aren't enough to save this predictable and sometimes maddeningly stupid shoot-'em-up. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Richard Roeper The actors play it big and bold in a visually striking, black and white horror show. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/4 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Richard Roeper When the movie ends, you'll definitely want to stay in your seat through the credits. I'll say no more. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/4 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Richard Roeper We get a classic buildup establishing heroes and villains; gorgeous, screen-popping visuals featuring beautiful and mysterious worlds; a bounty of colorful and magical creatures, and a lengthy, CGI-laden, climactic battle sequence... EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Richard Roeper One of the best movies of 2019, Bong Joon Ho's latest is a film of dramatic power, innovative comedy, romantic poetry and melancholy beauty. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Richard Roeper Emotions and eye-popping colors tell the director's deeply personal story, with Antonio Banderas front and center. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/4 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Richard Roeper Thanks to Gilligan's masterful writing and directing, and the bold and powerful and layered performance from Aaron Paul, it's an extended epilogue quite worthy of the Breaking Bad brand. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/4 The Addams Family (2019) Richard Roeper As quickly as Thing can snap its fingers, we'll soon forget our visit with this version of The Addams Family. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
1/4 Gemini Man (2019) Richard Roeper The idiotic spy thriller, pitting a dark-ops assassin against his younger clone, uses slick new technology but tired old plot twists. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Richard Roeper We laugh every step of the way with Moore and his fellow fringe-showbiz hopefuls. We root for them to somehow break through. We care about them. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/4 The Parts You Lose (2019) Richard Roeper Paul and young Danny Murphy are terrific together, with Paul playing a wounded bear growling his lines and Murphy delivering a fully realized performance. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/4 The Laundromat (2019) Richard Roeper Steven Soderbergh's social satire mashes up multiple stories of various tones, but they never become a cohesive package. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
1.5/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Richard Roeper Unintentionally funny and then just plain sad, Lucy in the Sky is one of the most disappointing films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/4 Joker (2019) Richard Roeper With Phoenix appearing in virtually every minute of this movie and dominating the screen with his memorably creepy turn, "Joker" will cling to you like the aftermath of an unfortunately realistic nightmare. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 Holy Trinity (2019) Richard Roeper An adventure sprinkled with quite a bit of kink. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/4 Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Richard Roeper With all we know about this chillingly amoral, blackhearted man, Where's My Roy Cohn? still serves as a thorough and insightful history lesson... EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
2.5/4 Judy (2019) Richard Roeper It feels more like an Oscar grab than a true disappearance into character. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
3.5/4 American Dreamer (2018) Richard Roeper Directed with claustrophobic, docudrama-style intensity by Derrick Borte and featuring a career-best dramatic performance by [Jim] Gaffigan, "American Dreamer" is a dark and intense and sometimes brutally violent slice of rotted life. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/4 Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Richard Roeper Even with a running time of just 82 minutes, "Between Two Ferns" loses a bit of steam in the home stretch. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 Walk to Vegas (2019) Richard Roeper Even if you don't know a busted straight from a royal flush and you've never heard of a prop bet until now, "7 Days to Vegas" works as a broad and funny comedy about some truly bent but hilarious characters. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 Downton Abbey (2019) Richard Roeper What a lovely and welcome encore. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/4 () Richard Roeper Though it's from the writers of A Quiet Place, the grisly horror gem plays more like a Saw movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/4 Hustlers (2019) Richard Roeper Jennifer Lopez does her best work in years, but it's Constance Wu who anchors the story with a grounded and natural performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Richard Roeper Luke Wilson and Sarah Paulson are wonderful actors, but they are stuck playing broad caricatures more suited to a particularly crass old episode of Two and a Half Men than a film with such lofty ambitions. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/4 Official Secrets (2019) Richard Roeper It's difficult to become immersed in a film in which far too many characters sound like they're reciting talking points and not delivering authentic dialogue. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/4 Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2017) Richard Roeper Spurlock's comedic antics give way to a more serious, traditional docu-journalist approach as he looks into the immensely unbalanced dynamic between the Big Chicken corporations and the local American farmer... EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/4 Untouchable (2019) Richard Roeper "Untouchable" features some less-than-effective filmmaking decisions, from an over-the-top ominous score to an overabundance of driving-through-the-city segues to some murky shots of hotel corridors. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Richard Roeper This is a solid, extremely well-crafted, great-looking and occasionally quite chilling film, with terrific performances by the grown-ups as well as the returning kids. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/4 The Fanatic (2019) Richard Roeper This drifts into the category of campy oddity, leaving us once again waiting and hoping for John Travolta to find his next great part. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Richard Roeper Yes, Brittany can be the worst. But when she's at her best, she's kinda great. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/4 Don't Let Go (2019) Richard Roeper Like Jack, we'd like to go back in time, that's for sure. Maybe we could return to about the 30-minute mark of this movie and see if there's a better path to take from there. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 Me, Natalie (1969) Roger Ebert Me, Natalie is a pleasant film, very funny at times, and the evidence in the audience was that women liked it enormously. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Richard Roeper The film's reality-defying, storybook approach to the plot and the characters grows on you. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
2/4 After the Wedding (2019) Richard Roeper For a supposed tearjerker, this film is so tone-deaf my guess is there won't be a wet eye in the house. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 Good Boys (2019) Richard Roeper For all its wacky, gross-out, shock-ya humor, Good Boys has a lot of heart. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019