Hotel Transylvania 2

Sony Pictures Rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor. Running time: 89 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. “Hotel Transylvania 2” is the greatest movie Adam Sandler and Kevin James have ever made together. I believe this is called “damning with faint praise,” given their dubious track record (“I […]

5 Songs That Remind Me of Movies

I haven’t done one of these lists in a while, which is a bummer, because they’re always a lot of fun and they inspire spirited feedback. But when a dear childhood friend of mine mentioned on Facebook that he can’t hear the song “Just Once” by James Ingram without thinking of the heart-wrenching ending of […]

RogerEbert.com — A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

The documentary “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” follows a young woman’s journey from insecure bullying victim to internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and lobbyist. Velasquez — who was born with a syndrome that gave her striking facial features and makes it difficult for her to gain weight — radiates sweetness and humor, no matter […]

RogerEbert.com — Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

The teens from “The Maze Runner” are still running, but while they cover more ground in this second film in the series, they never really go anywhere. The sequel is bigger in scope, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. Plus, by this point, all these dystopian-future, sci-fi dramas based on Young Adult novels are […]

Goodnight Mommy

Radius-TWC Rated R for disturbing violent content and some nudity. Running time: 99 minutes. Four stars out of four. You shouldn’t be reading this review. I shouldn’t even be writing it. Every time I’ve recommended “Goodnight Mommy” to someone, I’ve warned that person not to read anything about it beforehand — just to trust me, […]

RogerEbert.com — The Perfect Guy

“The Perfect Guy” is decent trash that could have been delicious trash with a bit more daring. David M. Rosenthal’s romantic thriller, starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut in an increasingly dangerous triangle, tiptoes toward crazy but then backs away. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

War Room

Sony Pictures Rated PG for thematic elements throughout. Running time: 120 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. “War Room” is the most slickly made faith-based film I’ve seen yet in terms of production values, but that doesn’t make it quote-unquote good, per se. It certainly looks better than, say, the Nicolas Cage […]

RogerEbert.com — Before We Go

When it came time for Chris Evans to direct his first film, he strayed far from the behemoth Marvel movies that made him a superstar. “Before We Go” is a walking-and-talking New York City romance in which Evans and Alice Eve co-star as strangers who connect in the middle of the night. Despite their individual […]