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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 Haunt (2019) 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
3.5/4 The Nightingale (2018) Richard Roeper Once in a great while, The Nightingale reminds us that even in the most hopeless and unforgiving times, some people retain their humanity. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 Blinded by the Light (2019) Richard Roeper Even when it feels as if we've seen this movie before, we've never seen it set to the sounds of the Boss, and we've never seen it from the point of view of this particular terrific kid and his family. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Richard Roeper Cate Blanchett is unquestionably one of the great actors of our time. Through the years, I can't imagine I've ever been underwhelmed by any film performance she's ever delivered. Until now. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 Light of My Life (2019) Richard Roeper Though "Light of My Life" is a well-filmed and occasionally brutally effective piece of work, Affleck dilutes the power of the story with too many self-indulgent, patience-testing scenes. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/4 Them That Follow (2019) Richard Roeper Directors Poulton and Savage and cinematographer Brett Jutkiewicz consistently deliver visually arresting shots, while the music by Garth Stevenson helps build the suspense. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/4 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Richard Roeper I wanted a refund on every lump in the throat and teary-eyed moment I had experienced... EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/4 Brian Banks (2018) Richard Roeper Brian Banks almost never surprises us. We know where the story is going. (If it didn't go a certain way, there would be no movie.) Still, it's a well-constructed, well-acted, solidly told tale. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/4 The Kitchen (2019) Richard Roeper Strong work by all, most notably the three leads, but the fine acting isn't nearly enough to overcome a storyline that makes it increasingly difficult, and then downright impossible, to empathize with these women. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
1.5/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Richard Roeper The cardboard standees of these guys in movie theaters across the world will have just as much depth. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/4 Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Richard Roeper This is a time capsule - an expertly crafted time capsule - of an astonishing career. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/4 () Richard Roeper The visuals are stunningly effective and sometimes shockingly memorable. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/4 Skin (2018) Richard Roeper Skin is the amazing story of a man who went to extreme measures to change, on the outside and within his heart. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/4 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Richard Roeper In certain elements of tone and structure, "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" has echoes of "Pulp Fiction" and "Jackie Brown," but it is alive and electric with a beat all its own. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
1.5/4 Serial (1980) Roger Ebert ... for all of that, Serial just isn't very good. I think maybe that's because the characters are seen almost exclusively as caricatures. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Borom Sarret (1963) Roger Ebert It is a powerful piece of filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
3.5/4 Sword of Trust (2019) Richard Roeper Even when Maron is playing someone who is the saddest and most cynical person in the room (and maybe the whole town), he is a brilliant reactor who delivers pithy comebacks and wry observations with pitch-perfect timing. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 Into the Ashes (2019) Richard Roeper ...a good yarn filled with arresting visuals and solid performances. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Richard Roeper Bold but inconsistent, outrageous but not all that shocking, The Art of Self Defense never reaches its full potential, but lands more than enough punches to warrant our attention. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/4 The Farewell (2019) Richard Roeper Lots of heavy stuff, to be sure, and there are times when The Farewell delivers powerful emotional blows, and we ache for Billi and what she's going through - in large part because Awkwafina's performance is so raw and authentic and in the moment. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 Lying and Stealing (2019) Richard Roeper [D]irector and co-writer Matt Aselton has fashioned a slick, cool, mischievously dark and fast-paced B-movie thriller. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/4 Miss Arizona (2018) Richard Roeper "Miss Arizona" alternates, not altogether gracefully, from heavy, tear-jerking moments to slapstick comedy, sometimes within the same sequence. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 Maiden (2018) Kerry Lengel [Maiden's] a flat-out good yarn. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 Stuber (2019) Richard Roeper "Stuber" is kind of dumb and a little bit clunky, but [Kumail] Nanjiani and [Dave] Bautista click, the action sequences are well-filmed and sometimes brutally funny, and we're happy to be along for this summertime escapist ride. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/4 The Lion King (2019) Richard Roeper "The Lion King" is on balance a solid and at times stunningly beautiful film. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
2.5/4 Ophelia (2018) Richard Roeper ...beautifully photographed and impressively staged but convoluted and over-the-top...all right, so it's a popcorn movie! EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/4 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Richard Roeper Though the documentary is conventionally structured, it still stands tall as a valuable record of the life and times and work of an American treasure. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 Midsommar (2019) Richard Roeper Midsommar tests our patience more than once before delivering some seriously grisly and wonderfully twisted material in the final act. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/4 Wild Rose (2018) Richard Roeper When the story shifts to Nashville, the screenplay by Nicole Taylor takes some sharp and insightful turns... EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 The Raft (2018) Richard Roeper Blinded by his ego, acting like the captain of the Bounty, Genoves apparently never realized the experiment was valuable and was yielding interesting if surprising results. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
2.5/4 Yesterday (2019) Richard Roeper Alas, after a promising first hour, Yesterday plunks one wrong note after another (including one particularly sour interlude), and eventually collapses under the weight of impossible expectations. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Richard Roeper "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is a zesty and sweet and satisfying but not an overly dark slice of entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 Nightmare Cinema (2018) Richard Roeper Nightmare Cinema as a whole is the bloodiest, most violent, most gruesome and most twisted movie I've seen this year. And I mean that mostly in a good way. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/4 Echo in the Canyon (2018) Richard Roeper May the echoes from the Canyon be heard for centuries to come. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/4 Being Frank (2018) Richard Roeper What a jerk. But what an interesting jerk to be at the center of a quirky and entertaining deadpan comedy/drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/4 Framing John DeLorean (2019) Richard Roeper ...why not make a borderline bat-bleep crazy docu-something of a film chronicling the whole thing? EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Richard Roeper A self-referential Thor joke comes across as forced. The plot about a mole buried deep within the MIB organization offers up a very short list of candidates, and it's beyond easy to decipher which one will turn out to be the turncoat. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019