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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 Come as You Are (2019) Richard Roeper Shot in Illinois, the charmer about men with disabilities earns its laughs and tears. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
2/4 Downhill (2020) Richard Roeper Despite the best efforts of stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell, remake of Force Majeure isn't nearly as entertaining. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
2/4 Fantasy Island (2020) Richard Roeper Contrived and loony, it feels like someone planted about a half-dozen different scripts all over this Fantasy Island. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/4 The Assistant (2019) Richard Roeper No blood is shed. No bodies turn up. And yet The Assistant is one seriously chilling monster movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3.5/4 Horse Girl (2020) Richard Roeper Brie's performance is open and honest and disturbing and funny and lovely and resonant. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3.5/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Richard Roeper A bone-cracking visual feast, filled with screen-popping sets and costumes, enough hand-to-hand combat scenes to make Jason Statham seethe with envy, and a fantastic ensemble cast... EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/4 Coda (2020) Richard Roeper Coda is a great-looking film, filled with dagger-sharp dialogue, wonderful performances and, as you'd expect, a wondrous and heavenly score, courtesy of Bach and Beethoven, Chopin and Schubert. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
1.5/4 The Rhythm Section (2020) Richard Roeper The Rhythm Section" is a junk pile of missteps, from the convoluted screenplay that hops from locale to locale in Advil-inducing fashion to the overly stylized directing to the self-consciously "cool" oldies pop music selections. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/4 Color Out of Space (2019) Richard Roeper Everything's out of control. Which is what makes Color Out of Space such an entertaining ride. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
3.5/4 The Gentlemen (2020) Richard Roeper "The Gentlemen" never ceases to surprise and amuse. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
4/4 The Last Full Measure (2020) Richard Roeper A moving and powerful and unforgettable story about the Vietnam War and its aftershocks, in the tradition of "The Deer Hunter" and "Coming Home." EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/4 Tyler Perry's A Fall From Grace (2020) Richard Roeper Best of all is seeing Crystal Fox getting her moment in the spotlight and absolutely shining. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
3/4 Troop Zero (2019) Richard Roeper As I was enjoying the sweet and simple and warmly funny pleasures of "Troop Zero," I was thinking it had to be based on a popular Young Adult novel. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
3/4 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Richard Roeper Though it sticks to the buddy-cop playbook, this threequel is worth seeing for the stars' great give-and-take. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
1/4 Dolittle (2020) Richard Roeper Please make it stop. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 Just Mercy (2019) Richard Roeper ...a sobering reminder of a deeply flawed, socially unbalanced legal system that to this day often turns its back on persons of color who can't afford the legal defense they truly deserve. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.5/4 Underwater (2020) Richard Roeper At times the screen was so muddy I found myself wishing for the world's largest bottle of Windex. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.5/4 Lies My Father Told Me (1975) Roger Ebert No attempt is really made to make these people more than stereotypes, but they play their roles with sufficient gusto to make them interesting. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.5/4 Like a Boss (2020) Richard Roeper To the very end, "Like a Boss" has a cheap and sticky veneer - as if they dusted off the script for some dated and crummy 1990s comedy, applied a coat of putatively fresh paint and dumped it into theaters, hoping we wouldn't notice the stench. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
4/4 Saving Face (2011) Roger Ebert This heartbreaking film has relevance to the cruelties toward women that are sanctioned in many lands. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/4 Le Havre (2011) Roger Ebert Here is the sunniest film I've seen by Aki Kaurismaki, and he reveals a lot of sunshine inside for a director whose world is usually filled with deadpan losers. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
1.5/4 Cats (2019) Richard Roeper As the trailer suggested, the enduring stage musical is a bad fit for the big screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 Bombshell (2019) Richard Roeper Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow at the top of their game in a solid recap of sexual harassment at Fox News. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 A Hidden Life (2019) Richard Roeper You admire this man and his devotion. You're enraged by this man because nobody in the world will know or care about his sacrifice... EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 Spies in Disguise (2019) Richard Roeper Nearly every scene pops with bright colors, and the characters have giant heads and big eyes, the better to convey their every emotion. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/4 Uncut Gems (2019) Richard Roeper Adam Sandler does award-worthy work as a jeweler addicted to the gambling rush. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/4 Little Women (2019) Richard Roeper The writer-director's funny, moving adaptation respects the popular novel but gives these 1860s women attitudes that seem current. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/4 1917 (2019) Richard Roeper Gripping, heart-stopping, blood- and mud-soaked, immersive and unforgettable... EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/4 John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) Richard Roeper In lesser hands, the premise of this Netflix comedy special could have resulted in an epic fail - a career-stalling stumble. Mulaney is far too good to let that happen. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Richard Roeper "The Rise of Skywalker" rarely comes close to touching greatness, but it's a solid, visually dazzling and warmhearted victory for the Force of quality filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/4 Richard Jewell (2019) Richard Roeper Paul Walter Hauser commands the screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
2/4 American Dharma (2018) Richard Roeper Kid-glove treatment of the former Donald Trump advisor is surprising coming from the hard-hitting interviewer of Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/4 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Richard Roeper I liked the unexpected (if kinda trippy) spiritual element that comes into play late in the story. And whether we're spending time with the real-world characters or their Jumanji avatars, they're quite the likable bunch... EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/4 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Richard Roeper With "Rolling Thunder Revue," [Martin] Scorsese remains at the top of his game, and is the perfect filmmaker to tell the story of a unique chapter in the life and career of a fellow creative legend. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
2.5/4 The Two Popes (2019) Richard Roeper ...we lose just a little too much momentum. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/4 Knives and Skin (2019) Richard Roeper Social satire's strange sights and sounds are sure to stick with you. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/4 Waves (2019) Richard Roeper Beautiful and pensive and heartbreaking... EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/4 A Million Little Pieces (2018) Richard Roeper As a stand-alone work of cinema fiction, "A Million Little Pieces" is an effective blunt instrument of a film - a rough-edged, unvarnished, painfully accurate portrayal of addiction and rehabilitation. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/4 The Aeronauts (2019) Richard Roeper Though filled with CGI effects creating arguably the most impressive hot-air balloon sequences ever... "The Aeronauts" has a distinctly old-fashioned, Saturday afternoon movie vibe. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
2/4 Noelle (2019) Richard Roeper Over all, Noelle is subpar - but it's silly, harmless fun. It's so forgettable it'll be virtually erased from your memory five minutes after the end credits roll. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/4 Klaus (2019) Richard Roeper The wonderful Rashida Jones voices a teacher who could become a love interest for Jesper. And any movie that casts Norm Macdonald as a cynical boat captain who sounds exactly like Norm MacDdnald is all right by me. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/4 Dark Waters (2019) Richard Roeper Robert is every bit as determined as any underdog attorney in recent movie history. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 Frozen II (2019) Richard Roeper ...one of the most beautifully animated films of the decade, filled with stunning visual pyrotechnics and incredible attention to detail. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/4 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Richard Roeper With so much time devoted to Lloyd's world, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood doesn't have room for any sort of standard arc about Fred Rogers... EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
1.5/4 21 Bridges (2019) Richard Roeper Everything about 21 Bridges...is pure counterfeit. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/4 Honey Boy (2019) Richard Roeper Honey Boy is a fascinating psychological deep dive. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
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