RogerEbert.com — Labor Day

He’s a hunky convicted killer on the run. She’s a lonely divorcee raising a 13-year-old son. Over one unusually hot holiday weekend, they fall in passionate, doomed loveā€”and they bake a heavily metaphorical pie. Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet do their best with some laughably soapy material in Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day.” My RogerEbert.com review. […]

Gimme Shelter

Roadside Attractions PG-13 for mature thematic material involving mistreatment, some drug content, violence and language — all concerning teens. Running time: 101 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. “Gimme Shelter” is a clunkily-made, batshit-crazy parable that hammers you over the head with its Christian, anti-abortion message. An after-school special blown up on […]

RogerEbert.com — Run & Jump

Will Forte displays even deeper dramatic ability following “Nebraska” — and reveals himself as a surprisingly appealing romantic lead — in the small, Irish gem “Run & Jump.” But the even greater revelation is Maxine Peake, who’s radiant as a housewife and mother of two struggling to maintain her optimism after her husband’s stroke. (But […]

What the Flick?! — Gloria

Paulina Garcia is indeed glorious as the title character: a divorced woman in her 50s carving out her own identity and finding her own happiness. This drama was Chile’s submission for the foreign-language category at the Academy Awards (it was not nominated, unfortunately) but it’s very much worth seeking out. It’s honest, unpredictable and just […]

What the Flick?! — Gimme Shelter

It’s just a shot away … it’s just a shot away … Wait, sorry. This is not a documentary about the rioting at Altamont, nor is it an analysis of Martin Scorsese’s use of pop music in his films. But man, you’ll wish it were. Vanessa Hudgens continues to shed her Disney Channel trappings as […]

Ride Along

Universal Pictures Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong language. Running time: 100 minutes. One star out of four. “Ride Along” has the dubious distinction of being simultaneously shoddy and straining, lazy and desperate. It’s a comedy that’s never funny with action that’s never thrilling. Director Tim Story’s film is so […]

RogerEbert.com — Life of a King

Chess: It’s just like life! Did you know that? Cuba Gooding Jr. teaches the game to inner-city youth — and uses it as a not-so-subtle metaphor — in this well-intentioned but ultimately formulaic story of an ex-con trying to rebuild his life. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Jamesy Boy

James Burns’ reckless youth and road to redemption are the subject of “Jamesy Boy,” a film with a message of inspiration, to be sure, but not much in terms of innovation. Newcomer Spencer Lofranco doesn’t seem quite ready for his first lead role opposite a strong supporting cast that includes Ving Rhames, Mary-Louise Parker and […]

What the Flick?! — Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Matt and I had a decent time, but Ben is flabbergasted by the lack of realism in the latest Jack Ryan movie. Chris Pine takes over the role of novelist Tom Clancy’s CIA operative — played previously by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck — in this prequel/reboot which rips a hole in the […]

What the Flick?! — Ride Along

Matt and I didn’t even have to use our AKs to review the Ice Cube-Kevin Hart mismatched-buddy cop comedy. But we did blast a few holes in it nonetheless.