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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Spell (2020) Richard Roeper Another cheery woman holds another injured man hostage, with a dark magic twist, in this mesmerizing little film. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
3.5/4 Come Play (2020) Richard Roeper Writer-director Chase is clearly a student and fan of scary movies, and he's not shy about indulging in familiar yet effective clichés... EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
2/4 Holidate (2020) Richard Roeper An excruciatingly cheesy, hopelessly dated, profoundly unfunny and tone-deaf romantic comedy... EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
3.5/4 The Craft: Legacy (2020) Richard Roeper "The Craft: Legacy" is a smart, edgy, wickedly funny and wild ride from the talented writer-director Zoe Lister-Jones... EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/4 Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine (2020) Richard Roeper Sarah Cooper is a comic force for our times, with a career that will last far after this madness finally subsides and is already expanding far beyond the boundaries of viral videos. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/4 Synchronic (2019) Richard Roeper A great buddy relationship is at the center of a film full of big ideas and psychedelic journeys. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/4 White Noise (2020) Richard Roeper The value of this documentary is in seeing these how these hate hucksters operate. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/4 537 Votes (2020) Richard Roeper Corben recognizes this is serious business, but it's also something of a non-fiction heist movie and a character study of some fascinating figures. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/4 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Richard Roeper Borat is an idiot, but "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" ends on a pretty smart note. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
2/4 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Richard Roeper The special effects are first-rate and the performances are way over the top yet entertaining, but "The Witches" is far too disturbing for young children and not edgy enough to captivate adults. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
3.5/4 Belushi (2020) Richard Roeper Belushi profiles the great Chicago-born actor and singer with the help of animation, tapes of vintage interviews and even his personal letters to his wife. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/4 The Devil Has a Name (2020) Richard Roeper [The Devil Has a Name] is not your average legal thriller... with an eclectic mix of actors playing the heroes and villains, most of them peculiar in some way. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
2/4 Honest Thief (2020) Richard Roeper The romance is sweet, but the action is nowhere near plausible. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/4 Bad Hair (2020) Richard Roeper [A] satirical horror film with big laughs and some genuine scares. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
2.5/4 Rebecca (2020) Richard Roeper An overwrought and underwhelming psychological thriller. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/4 Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth (2020) Richard Roeper Director-producers Martin Dunn and Marie McGovern know a good story and how to tell it. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
2/4 A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Richard Roeper ...this is a superb cast that knows how to put the right spin on clever dialogue - even when they're playing thinly drawn characters in a dated and unnecessary story. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
1.5/4 Hubie Halloween (2020) Richard Roeper Sandler surely knew this mildly offensive, juvenile celebration of cheap scares, slapstick gags and bodily function "jokes" was sure to land near the bottom of the large pile of terrible movies starring [himself]. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/4 Save Yourselves! (2020) Richard Roeper Even the smaller touches in Save Yourselves! ring true...a wry social commentary... EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/4 The Glorias (2020) Richard Roeper ...there's much to be admired about The Glorias, including the very different but equally powerful performances by Vikander and Moore, and the staging of some landmark moments in Steinem's life... EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
3.5/4 The Boys in the Band (2020) Richard Roeper ...filled with stingingly vicious repartee as nearly every character depends on cleverness as a defense mechanism. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
3.5/4 On the Rocks (2020) Richard Roeper The two great comic stars quip their way through some snappy dialogue and amusing screwball comedy. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
4/4 Spontaneous (2020) Richard Roeper Dark but astute, the twisted high school romance is full of clever touches and ends on a surprisingly wise note. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
4/4 Kingdom of Silence (2020) Richard Roeper ...as much about the complicated, co-dependent and sometimes toxic relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia as it about the man himself. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
3.5/4 Dreaming Grand Avenue (2020) Richard Roeper ...a highly original depiction of the city... EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/4 Misbehaviour (2020) Richard Roeper Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley achieve both laughs and drama... EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/4 Ava (2020) Richard Roeper As the plot grows increasingly convoluted and borderline laughable, Chastain is steady as she goes, playing a character who's worthy of a film franchise in a movie nowhere near deserving a sequel. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/4 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Richard Roeper This is not a documentary; it's a dramatization of events that resonates with great power while containing essential truths, and it's one of the best movies of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/4 Lost Girls & Love Hotels (2020) Richard Roeper This is one of the better intimate dramas of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/4 Blackbird (2019) Richard Roeper The moving melodrama is bolstered by an outstanding cast... EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/4 The Way I See It (2020) Richard Roeper At times [it] comes close to sounding like a Democratic Party promotional video, especially in the late stretches, but Porter is a talented director who knows every picture tells a story, and boy does Pete Souza have a story to tell. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
2/4 Antebellum (2020) Richard Roeper A well-made drama on slavery's horrors builds to an exasperating ending...After all the sadistic violence, the big twist is a big bust. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/4 The Nest (2020) Richard Roeper There's beauty in the small moments of this downbeat and dark family drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
3.5/4 Tom of Your Life (2020) Richard Roeper Baize Buzan hits every acting note she reaches for in a memorably grounded performance as Jess. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
3/4 () Richard Roeper The man who gave so much joy to so many millions spent his last years burdened by unbearable and inexplicable sorrow. What a world. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
3.5/4 The Devil All the Time (2020) Richard Roeper Once all the pieces are in place and we see the big picture, we're left with admiration for director/co-writer Antonio Campos' ability to weave a memorably brooding film from Donald Ray Pollock's novel of the same name. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/4 I Am Woman (2019) Richard Roeper Checks off just about every cliché imaginable - and yet wins us over, in large part due to the star-power performance of Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Reddy. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
3/4 The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Richard Roeper Even as "Broken Hearts Gallery" travels down a well-worn path, it retains a certain freshness. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
3/4 The Short History of the Long Road (2019) Richard Roeper Lyrical and melancholy and visually stunning... EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
3.5/4 Mulan (2020) Richard Roeper The international cast is nothing short of great, led by Yifei Liu's movie star turn as a boundaries-shattering, stereotype-defying hero-warrior for her time and for ours. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/4 You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) Richard Roeper There's no doubting Arquette's sincere desire to learn the sport and craft of wrestling, to get into shape, to resuscitate his career, to make his family proud. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
1/4 The Binge (2020) Richard Roeper No amount of booze could make this Hulu teen comedy seem funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3.5/4 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Richard Roeper ...filled with clever if obvious commentary on institutionalized class snobbery. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/4 #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) Richard Roeper The illuminating film, more personal than political, argues that psychiatrists have a duty to speak out on the president's more disturbing behavior... EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/4 Fatima (2020) Richard Roeper In the flourishing faith-based movie genre, this is one of the better ones. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/4 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Richard Roeper Charlie Kaufman gives a novel his usual peculiar spin in one of the year's most creative films. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/4 Get Duked! (2019) Richard Roeper Get Duked! is good stoner comedy fun, and quite the promising debut from a rookie filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
2/4 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Richard Roeper Suffering through "Bill & Ted Face the Music" is like attending a reunion concert of a two-hit wonder band you loved in high school, and realizing their original material wasn't all that great in the first place. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
3.5/4 Tenet (2020) Richard Roeper Working from his own labyrinthine screenplay, Nolan (along with cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema and the special effects crew) has great fun with elaborate set pieces... EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
3/4 The 24th (2020) Richard Roeper An important reminder of a dark chapter in American history. It is an unflinching look at grotesque bigotry toward young Black American patriots who only wanted to serve their country... EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020