Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of

Gravitas Ventures Unrated. 101 minutes. Three stars out of four. Notwithstanding the distracting use of a preposition at the end of its title, the documentary “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” mostly stays on target as both an engaging and entertaining look at the boy band’s attempted resurgence. Now, I was never much […]

RogerEbert.com — The Boy Next Door

“The Boy Next Door” is terrible, but it isn’t delightfully terrible enough. An R-rated erotic thriller starring Jennifer Lopez as a sexy high school English teacher being stalked by a hunk half her age should wallow in its over-the-top premise. And it does, eventually — but the insane climax of Rob Cohen’s film only makes […]

RogerEbert.com — The Humbling

Al Pacino dials it down and does some of his best work in a long time as a veteran actor struggling to regain his former glory. If that premise sounds a lot like “Birdman,” well, yes — that is an unfortunate coincidence. But Pacino’s performance is the strongest element in Barry Levinson’s frustratingly inconsistent film. […]

Blackhat

Universal Pictures Rated R for violence and some language. Running time: 133 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. The notion of a terrible Michael Mann movie seems like an oxymoron. It doesn’t make any sense coming from the man behind “Heat” and “The Insider” and “Collateral.” But there’s a reason that “Blackhat,” […]

RogerEbert.com — The Wedding Ringer

The buoyantly loopy chemistry between Kevin Hart and Josh Gad helps keep this mostly formulaic bromance afloat. Gad stars as a sweet but schlubby dude who’s about to get married; Hart plays his best man for hire. What could possibly go wrong? My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Paddington

“Paddington” is smarter than the average bear. That’s right, I went there — but it’s true. It manages to pull off several different, tricky balancing acts while also serving as a stealthy allegory about immigration. Mostly, though, it’s just fun for the whole family. My review, at RogerEbert.com. Read the review here

Oscar Nominations 2015

First of all, I’m not sure why I care so much. I said this to my husband this morning after the Academy Award nominations came out and I was thoroughly worked up over how terrible they were. I’m not sure why any of us care so much, actually. Maybe it’s because we see movies to […]

Under the Skin, In the Flesh

One of the most powerful aspects of Jonathan Glazer’s gorgeous and daring “Under the Skin” is its score from British singer-songwriter and producer Mica Levi: a haunting mix of strings, percussion and flute that’s sometimes unsettling, sometimes dreamlike and always original. It keeps you on edge from the very beginning, and it beautifully accompanies the […]

5 Great Snow Movies

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Greetings from Banff, Alberta, where I’ve been skiing all week with my family in the stunning Canadian Rockies. My L.A. kid had never even seen snow in person, much less skied on it, prior to this trip. He’s having a blast — we all are — but naturally, the dramatic scenery got me thinking about […]