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Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Richard Roeper Dragged Across Concrete is an admittedly distinctive but ultimately mediocre movie that provides far more empty calories of exploitation than genuine food for thought. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/4 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Richard Roeper The Hummingbird Project runs a lot thicker and deeper than that fiber-optic cable. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 The Aftermath (2019) Richard Roeper From the moment Rachael and Stefan look into each other's eyes while we roll OUR eyes, The Aftermath is a runaway train of cornball cliches. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/4 The Highwaymen (2019) Richard Roeper Even if you've somehow never even heard of the story upon which this film is based, it's a crackling good lawman tale. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/4 Us (2019) Richard Roeper This is an unforgettable dance with the devil. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
0.5/4 Mannequin (1987) Roger Ebert This movie is a real curiosity. It's dead. I don't mean it's bad. A lot of bad movies are fairly throbbing with life. Mannequin is dead. The wake lasts 1 1/2 hours, and then we can leave the theater. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
3/4 Captive State (2019) Richard Roeper Goodman, Dunn and Farmiga play even the more ridiculous elements straight, as if they're in a cop movie. The younger actors are all terrific as well. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/4 Never Grow Old (2019) Richard Roeper Cusack delivers suitably chilling work... EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 Finding Steve McQueen (2019) Richard Roeper The result is an entertaining if sometimes overly self-conscious 1970s period piece, bursting with pop culture references EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Richard Roeper This is a quiet film, moving at its own pace, reflecting life with such realism it's as if we're invisible guests in Gloria Bell's life. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/4 I'm Not Here (2017) Richard Roeper What a magnificent presence is J.K. Simmons. What an authentic, weathered, world-weary face he has. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
2/4 Climax (2018) Richard Roeper Alas, with the notable exception of the empathetic Boutella, the cast of Climax consists primarily of dancers who are not actors. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 The Kid (2019) Richard Roeper First-time director D'Onofrio has as an admirable visual style, whether we get medium-long-shot takes or intimate close-ups. This is a good-looking period piece film, percolating with top-tier performances. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/4 Triple Frontier (2019) Richard Roeper From the direction to the script to the production elements to the performances, "Triple Frontier" is a first-class ride. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Richard Roeper It's a real treat to see Carol Danvers find her footing and her wings, so to speak, while at the same time Nick Fury is taking the first steps toward becoming NICK FURY. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/4 Greta (2018) Richard Roeper Despite the first-rate production values and the game performances from the cast, Greta can't escape from the formulaic screenplay that dogs it at every turn. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/4 Hunter (2019) Richard Roeper Jason Kellerman delivers strong work as Hunter and gives us a screenplay that's uncompromising, unflinching - and a little bit bat-bleep nuts. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/4 Fighting With My Family (2019) Richard Roeper It's quite a trick to pull off such an authentic sports movie about a world in which every match really IS fixed. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
1/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Richard Roeper The only redeeming value of Bohemian Rhapsody is it's so bad, there's plenty of room left for a much better biopic about the one and only Freddie Mercury. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/4 To Dust (2018) Richard Roeper Beneath the sometimes grisly visuals and the pitch-black humor and the general weirdness, this is the story of two men with precious little in common who become friends against all odds... EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
1.5/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Richard Roeper Basically, we're talking about a lot of human heads doing a lot of insulting and quipping and grunting and groaning while atop all manner of fighting cyborg bodies EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 Embers (2016) Bill Stamets This sci-fi indie... imagines a near-future dystopia where retrograde and anterograde amnesia afflict humanity... Director Claire Carre and co-writer/producer Charles Spano artfully design five story lines for a tragic take on the loss of self-knowledge. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Richard Roeper [A] strange and original and at times surprisingly lovely bit of folklore... EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/4 The Bed Sitting Room (1969) Roger Ebert All of the characters are mad, of course, but that's not the point; this isn't a heavy-handed anti-war parable, but a series of sketches that gradually grow more and more grim. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/4 Rendezvous in Chicago (2018) Richard Roeper This is a uniquely Chicago movie and further evidence of Smith's original voice. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 What Men Want (2019) Richard Roeper Henson displays impeccable comedic timing in creating a character who is deeply flawed but inherently likable, and someone we're rooting for every step of the way. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/4 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Richard Roeper Velvet Buzzsaw has the kind of bite that leaves a mark. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
1.5/5 Miss Bala (2019) Richard Roeper Anyone thinking about plunking down the bucks to check out "Miss Bala" this weekend: You DEFINITELY deserve better than this. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/4 Cold Pursuit (2019) Richard Roeper Although Cold Pursuit adheres closely to the original, with many a scene virtually mirroring its predecessor, director Moland amps up the comedic touches even as the bodies pile up. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Richard Roeper The filmmakers occasionally remind us the animated adventures are reflecting the real-world sibling dynamic, but they never get too heavy-handed with the life-lesson messaging. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/4 Egg (2018) Richard Roeper ... there's much truth and food for thought contained within even the most over-the-top moments. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/4 An Acceptable Loss (2018) Richard Roeper Tika Sumpter demonstrates the screen presence of a true star, and Jamie Lee Curtis creates a monster so terrifying she'd have Michael Myers turning tail and running away. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3.5/4 Serenity (2019) Richard Roeper One of the most ambitious, one of the most challenging - and one of the most entertaining thrillers in recent years. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
3.5/4 Don't Come Back From the Moon (2017) Richard Roeper Small things transpire. Life-changing events happen. All of it framed in that one summer, where most days are about 90 percent despair and 10 percent hope and joy - but when you're 16, that 10 percent just might be enough to see you through to 17. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/4 Canal Street (2018) Richard Roeper Director and co-writer LaMarr does a fine job of cutting back and forth to the various storylines, and connecting them when the moment is right. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/4 Glass (2019) Richard Roeper Mostly, though, it's an underwhelming, half-baked, slightly sour and even off-putting finale. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 Fyre Fraud (2019) Richard Roeper Fyre Fraud is a little zippier and pop culture-y in its skewering... EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 Fyre (2019) Richard Roeper As Fyre makes painfully clear, just about everyone involved with the project had to have known they were tumbling down a mountain at rapid speed and headed for almost guaranteed scandal and disaster EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/4 The Upside (2018) Richard Roeper Among other problems, the overlong story is stuffed with unnecessary and momentum-blocking detours... EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/4 Stan & Ollie (2018) Richard Roeper Thanks to the subtle brilliance of Reilly and Coogan, even someone who's never heard of Laurel and Hardy would likely see how magical these two were together. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/4 Sleepless Night (2011) Roger Ebert The film's headlong momentum streamrolls over all our questions, and we're carried along by the expertly choreographed action. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Richard Roeper This movie works as a timeless romance, a family drama, a legal thriller and a poignant social commentary. A great American novel has been turned into a great American film. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
3.5/4 Bird Box (2018) Richard Roeper Great, shudder-inducing stuff. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/4 Vice (2018) Richard Roeper In Adam McKay's free-ranging, tone-shifting, darkly funny, super-meta, hit-and-miss, absurdist biopic Vice, Bale nails it as the resilient, backstabbing, front-stabbing, ruthlessly ambitious Cheney. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
2/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Richard Roeper Well-intentioned and occasionally inspirational but mostly flat and safe and cliché-riddled "origins story" about Ginsburg's nascent career. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
2/4 Second Act (2018) Richard Roeper So much of the humor and so many of the situations in "Second Act" feel like warmed-over Second Helpings of a dinner from long ago. A dinner that wasn't all that memorable in the first place. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Richard Roeper One of the many graceful touches in Welcome to Marwen is the total lack of pity or condescension in either world. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 Aquaman (2018) Richard Roeper The saving grace of director James Wan's great-looking and reasonably entertaining but also meandering and sometimes truly ridiculous Aquaman is that everyone from screenwriters through the talented cast seems to get the sheer, waterlogged lunacy... EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
1/4 Vox Lux (2018) Richard Roeper Through it all, Natalie Portman is a gamer, but in the case of this neon nightmare of a film, it was Game Over long before she hit the concert stage. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Richard Roeper [A] lack of consistency makes far too many pivotal plot points seem arbitrary, as if the filmmakers realized, "we have to get things moving!" EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018