RogerEbert.com — Focus

Will Smith and Margot Robbie share a crackling chemistry and snappy banter in a series of luxurious locations as con artists conning each other and everyone else they meet. It’s a lot of fun, until it isn’t. At RogerEbert.com. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — The DUFF

Mae Whitman dazzles as the title character — which stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend — a brilliant and quick-witted high school senior who takes that derogatory label and makes it her own. This breezy comedy is Whitman’s “Easy A”: the movie that will make the longtime supporting actress a star. At RogerEbert.com. Read the […]

Oscar Picks 2015

Predicting the Oscars was extraordinarily hard this year — harder than I can remember in a long time. Usually by this point, with the Academy Awards ceremony just a few days away, the frontrunners have established themselves pretty clearly. And while this is true (for the most part) in the acting categories, the whole best […]

Revisiting The Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

Any self-respecting child of the ’80s loves John Hughes and knows at least one of the writer-director’s films by heart. While “Sixteen Candles” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are a total blast, the Hughes movie that mattered to me most growing up was “The Breakfast Club,” and it remains one of my favorites today. So […]

Fifty Shades of Grey

Universal Pictures Rated R for some strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language. Running time: 125 minutes. Three stars out of four. I liked “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and I am not ashamed. I realize this is not the most popular opinion. The film has plummeted to 26 […]

Jupiter Ascending

Warner Bros. Pictures. Rated PG-13 for some violence, sequences of sci-fi action, some suggestive content and partial nudity. Running time: 125 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. It’s difficult to tell whether “Jupiter Ascending,” the latest sci-fi extravaganza from the writing-directing Wachowski siblings, intends to be as hilarious as it is. Some […]

RogerEbert.com — The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

This second feature-length film based on the long-running “SpongeBob Squarepants” TV series is as zippy and zany as fans have come to expected. The animated, underwater sequences are a blast. It’s the back-and-forth to live action on dry land that’s the problem. My mixed RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Love, Rosie

Lily Collins and Sam Claflin are attractive and appealing as lifelong best friends who are clearly meant to be together, but the many contrived obstacles that keep them apart are more irritating than romantic. The lighting is pretty, though. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here