Ex Machina

A24 Films Rated R for graphic nudity, language, sexual references and some violences. Running time: 108 minutes. Four stars out of four. “Ex Machina” is the best movie I’ve seen all year. Granted, it’s April. At the beginning of the year — especially the months of January and February — it’s notoriously dumping-ground time. But […]

Five Great Gus Van Sant Movies

Tomorrow, I get to travel to Portland — a city I’ve never been to, strangely enough — for fewer than 24 hours for work. Getting ready for this trip got me thinking about Gus Van Sant, who has set so many of his movies in his adopted hometown in the Pacific Northwest. So I went […]

RogerEbert.com — Little Boy

The World War II drama “Little Boy” is extremely earnest but it’s also extremely heavy-handed in its notions about the transformative power of faith. I’d avoid it if I were you. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

Unfriended

Universal Pictures Rated R for violent content, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug and alcohol use — all involving teens. Running time: 82 minutes. Three stars out of four. If you’re reading this review on your laptop — which you probably are — then you also probably have a bunch of other windows open at […]

RogerEbert.com — Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

You know how sometimes you walk into a movie with low expectations and it turns out not to be so bad after all? “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is actually, actively worse than you think it will be. Please enjoy my zero-star RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Monkey Kingdom

Behold, the irresistible cuteness of the macaque monkeys frolicking about a Sri Lankan jungle in the latest Disneynature documentary. But beware: Some of the situations are clearly staged and manipulated. Your kids won’t mind, though. Mine didn’t. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

Revisiting Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Tonight, I will take my 5 1/2-year-old son to see “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.” (He’ll enjoy the pratfalls. Please don’t call Child Protective Services on me.) Sony wouldn’t screen it for review before opening day, so we’re going to a 7:30pm showing with a bunch of my critic friends at The Grove. Because I […]

The Longest Ride

20th Century Fox Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, partial nudity, and some war and sports action. Running time: 128 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. Movies based on Nicholas Sparks novels are low-hanging fruit. With their patented formula of painfully earnest romance and melodrama, they are easy to chew up and spit […]

RogerEbert.com — Dior and I

You don’t have to know a thing about fashion to appreciate the hard work and longtime devotion on display in this intimate documentary. Director Frederic Tcheng goes behind the scenes as the new creative director at Christian Dior, Raf Simons, puts together his first haute couture show — in just eight weeks. If you’re fascinated […]

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

HBO Documentary Films Unrated Running time: 119 minutes. Three stars out of four. The building you see in the photo above is the headquarters of the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles. Painted a glaring shade of periwinkle, with a blindingly bright, Las Vegas-style marquee out front, it is an unavoidable landmark along a busy […]