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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 Four Hours at the Capitol (2021) Richard Roeper A powerful documentary that takes no sides... EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2021
3/4 The French Dispatch (2021) Richard Roeper Bill Murray, Timothee Chalamet, Benicio del Toro and Frances McDormand are among the stars enjoying pinpoint dialogue in the exquisitely rendered collection of stories. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2021
3/4 The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021) Richard Roeper ...it remains a loving and respectful portrait of a man who created irresistibly adorable kitschy cats more a century before their spiritual descendants were racking up the views on YouTube... EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2021
3.5/4 The Harder They Fall (2021) Richard Roeper Even with all the shootouts and robberies and action sequences, this is also a wonderful showcase for screen-stealing acting, with virtually everyone in the all-star cast getting some center stage moments. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2021
3.5/4 The Last Duel (2021) Richard Roeper Is Matt Damon the hero or the oaf? It depends on who you ask in the bloody fantastic drama co-starring Jodie Comer and Adam Driver. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2021
3/4 Hard Luck Love Song (2020) Richard Roeper Michael Dorman does great work as a small-town hustler pursued by gangsters. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2021
3.5/4 Mass (2021) Richard Roeper All four members of the primary ensemble deliver empathic and powerful performances, with Plimpton's Gail nearly paralyzed by years of mourning, Isaac's Jay brimming with anger... EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2021
2/4 Halloween Kills (2021) Richard Roeper Halloween Kills puts a knife in the promising reboot of Michael Myers. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2021
3/4 Dune (2021) Richard Roeper Villeneuve is a master at creating mind-boggling futuristic worlds, and he tops himself with the overwhelmingly striking imagery in Dune. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2021
3/4 Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) Richard Roeper Director Anthony Bueno and writer Claire Bueno clearly love Ghostbusters as much as, well, just about anyone who's ever seen it, and Cleanin' Up the Town allots as much interview time to the behind-the-scenes special effects wizards... EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2021
3/4 No Time to Die (2021) Richard Roeper Daniel Craig's final moments as Bond rank among the most moving sequences in the history of this franchise, which has long favored the fantastic and the eye-popping in favor of genuine emotional stakes. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2021
3.5/4 15 Minutes of Shame (2021) Richard Roeper [An] invaluable, nuanced and sobering documentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2021
3/4 Justin Bieber: Our World (2021) Richard Roeper Bieber seems skilled and likable... EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2021
3.5/4 Old Henry (2021) Richard Roeper Playing an isolated farmer who finds a fugitive, the character actor Tim Blake Nelson delivers world-weary greatness. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2021
2.5/4 South of Heaven (2021) Richard Roeper South of Heaven devolves into a rote thriller, with henchmen upon henchmen upon henchmen falling by the wayside until the inevitable showdown - which plays out in underwhelming fashion. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2021
1.5/4 The Starling (2021) Richard Roeper This bird's not worth watching. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2021
1.5/4 Intrusion (2021) Richard Roeper Despite fine work from Freida Pinto as the curious wife in peril, the derivative Netflix film only frustrates. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2021
2/4 Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Richard Roeper The truth is, this musical is manipulative, and strange...Upbeat tunes and a heavy storyline about teen suicide make a cringey combo. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2021
2/4 The Guilty (2021) Richard Roeper Logical lapses trip up Jake Gyllenhaal's rescue drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2021
3/4 The Lost Sons (2021) Richard Roeper The Lost Sons examines the complex, ultimately poignant story of Paul Fronczak. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2021
3.5/4 The Many Saints of Newark (2021) Richard Roeper Go ahead, arrange a sitdown: This darkly funny and ultra-violent film perfectly depicts the 1960s times and voices that shaped Tony into a made man. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2021
3.5/4 Titane (2021) Richard Roeper This year's Palme d'Or winner is a symphony of disturbing and dark madness unlike anything you've ever seen - and I mean that in a good way. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2021
2/4 The Addams Family 2 (2021) Richard Roeper It's often too dark and grotesque and bizarre for children, but also profoundly unfunny when it tries to appeal to the grown-ups. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2021
2/4 This Is the Night (2021) Richard Roeper An unconvincing, contrived and rarely relatable misfire. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2021
2/4 Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) Richard Roeper The fine actors onscreen are mere accessories to the computerized puppets thrashing and slashing and stabbing and biting and roaring and breaking stuff all over the place before only one of them is left standing. Sigh. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2021
2/4 Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Richard Roeper Prisoners of the Ghostland isn't campy enough to be camp. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
2/4 Cry Macho (2021) Richard Roeper It's great to see Eastwood (and his stunt double) back in the saddle in a few scenes in which he breaks some wild mustangs and teaches Rafael how to ride, but Cry Macho has us crying uncle long before the underwhelming conclusion. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
3/4 Live at Mister Kelly's (2021) Richard Roeper This insightful documentary looks back at the Rush Street hotspot that hosted Barbra Streisand, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler and countless other rising stars. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
2.5/4 Queenpins (2021) Richard Roeper "Queenpins" relies too much on scatological humor, farcical sequences and a not entirely convincing message that these women were feminist, Robin Hood heroes. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2021
2/4 The Voyeurs (2021) Richard Roeper [A] salacious and wildly implausible story that holds our interest for a while before flying off the cliff and into an abyss of creepy, ludicrous and ultimately ridiculous twists and turns. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2021
3/4 Kate (2021) Richard Roeper You're not going to get much in the way of original plot, but what you WILL get is a grindhouse of a good time with some bleak and wickedly sharp humor, screen-popping visuals and some pretty great fight choreography. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2021
4/4 The Card Counter (2020) Richard Roeper One of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2021
3.5/4 Small Engine Repair (2021) Richard Roeper It's a darkly funny, authentic and unforgettable piece of work. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2021
1/4 Karen (2021) Richard Roeper "Karen" is a fictional tale about one of the worst people on the planet, and it's also one of the worst movies of 2021. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2021
2.5/4 Worth (2020) Richard Roeper "Worth" falls just short of having enough strength in the screenplay to warrant a recommendation. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2021
3/4 Cinderella (2021) Richard Roeper Whether she's called out by the king for perching on a statue in the town square or wobbling about on glass slippers that are as uncomfortable as glass slippers would be in real life, Cinderella just keeps winning us over. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2021
3/4 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Richard Roeper Razzle dazzle - with a ton of heart and a generous sprinkling of warm humor. That's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" right there. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2021
3/4 The Gateway (2021) Richard Roeper The screenplay is dense with crackling dialogue, and the performances are uniformly excellent, with Shea Whigham leading the way in a badass anti-hero performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2021
3/4 El Mariachi (1992) Roger Ebert An enormously entertaining movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2021
3/4 Together (2021) Richard Roeper Sharon Horgan and James McAvoy do searing work in a dialogue-heavy drama with plenty of dark humor and even a little tenderness. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
3/4 No Man of God (2021) Richard Roeper Luke Kirby is uncannily effective playing the serial killer in a chilling two-man drama with an air of authenticity. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
2/4 He's All That (2021) Richard Roeper This movie is pure cotton candy - sweet and brightly colored and a bit of a guilty pleasure, but it's not intended to be something you can sink your teeth into, and five minutes after consuming it, it's like it never happened. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
3.5/4 Candyman (2021) Richard Roeper From the opening moments of Nia DaCosta's gory yet strikingly beautiful and socially relevant "Candyman," it's clear we're in for an especially haunting and just plain entertaining thrill ride. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2021
2/4 The Protégé (2021) Richard Roeper We've seen it all before, often done with more style, a better brand of dark humor and smarter plots. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
1.5/4 Sweet Girl (2021) Richard Roeper We're not buying what the script is selling, not for a hot second. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
3/4 Flag Day (2021) Richard Roeper Sean Penn directs himself for the first time and has cast Dylan Penn, his daughter with Robin Wright, as the lead - and the two are absolutely mesmerizing together. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2021
2/4 Reminiscence (2021) Richard Roeper Inventive and ambitious but wildly convoluted and ultimately disappointing. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2021
3/4 Nine Days (2020) Richard Roeper The rewards are great for viewers who can go with the movie's bold concept. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
3/4 CODA (2021) Richard Roeper The conflict is unique, but the dynamic is universal... EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
3.5/4 Respect (2021) Richard Roeper Hudson is the perfect choice to live Aretha Franklin's story with powerful acting and vocals that sound authentic but not copied. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021