Post Date Jan 19

RogerEbert.com — 12 Strong

“Understated” isn’t a word you’d ordinarily use to describe a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but that’s surprisingly what “12 Strong” ends up being. Director Nicolai Fuglsig, making his feature filmmaking debut, draws on his photojournalism background in telling this story of real-life heroism. Chris Hemsworth stars as the leader of a team of Green Berets who were the first U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 9/11. It’s solid, especially for a January movie. My RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Jan 12

RogerEbert.com — Paddington 2

“Paddington 2” is completely charming and exactly what we need right now. And it proves that the wonderful, original “Paddington” was no fluke three years ago. Maybe it’s not the revelation that the first film was, but its central message of being kind to others, even during the most troubling circumstances, couldn’t be more relevant. My review, at RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Jan 5

RogerEbert.com — Dark Meridian

Welcome to the cinematic dumping ground that is January. My first review of 2018 is of the utterly forgettable crime thriller “Dark Meridian,” a title that says nothing at all. It could be a high-octane action flick about extreme sports enthusiasts. It could be a supernatural thriller about hopeful fools who dare to connect with the dead. It could be the new fragrance for men from Paco Rabanne. My review, at RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Dec 24

RogerEbert.com — Molly’s Game

If you’re a fan of Aaron Sorkin’s particular brand of impossibly intelligent characters exchanging rat-a-tat dialogue, you’ll be in heaven here. The hose is on full blast for two-plus hours. Nothing and no one seems to be holding the longtime screenwriter back in his directorial debut, for better and for worse. But Jessica Chastain handles the complexity of the material masterfully in the true story of a woman who made millions running an underground poker game. My final review of 2017, at RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Dec 21

RogerEbert.com — Pitch Perfect 3

“Pitch Perfect 3” supposedly is the final film in the wildly successful series about the musical misadventures of the Barden Bellas. Lots of overlong, tearful group hugs after the final a cappella song make that clear. But we really didn’t need a second “Pitch Perfect” movie, much less a third one. Aca-nough already. My RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Dec 20

Wine the Flick?! — All the Money in the World

My dear friend and What the Flick?! co-host Matt Atchity steps out from behind the camera to join me for a drink and discussion of “All the Money in the World.” Ridley Scott famously did last-minute reshoots of several scenes, replacing Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer — his first choice to play billionaire John Paul Getty in this real-life kidnapping drama — following a deluge of sexual misconduct accusations against Spacey. Matt and I sip and search for seams after a screening at The Grove. Enjoy!

Post Date Dec 19

Wine the Flick?! — Pitch Perfect 3

“Pitch Perfect 3” is the Barton Bellas’ swan song. Not that we needed three of these movies — the first one was a blast, and it’s been a matter of diminishing returns ever since — but nevertheless, here we are. And I couldn’t imagine a better person to aca-analyze this movie with me than my dear friend Kearran Giovanni, star of the TNT series “Major Crimes” and a Broadway musical veteran. Kearran liked the movie better than I did, but I’ll jump at any opportunity to get together over wine with my talented (and extremely busy) friend. Please enjoy our conversation from the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Post Date Dec 15

RogerEbert.com — The Leisure Seeker

It’s hard to imagine that legendary actors like Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland could co-star in a movie that’s flat-out terrible but … they have. And it’s called “The Leisure Seeker.” That’s also the affectionate name of their clunky RV, which they take on one last road trip. Director Paolo Virzi’s film is meant to be equal parts wacky and poignant. It is neither. My RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Dec 7

RogerEbert.com — I, Tonya

As a (wannabe) figure skater, I was already predisposed to liking “I, Tonya.” But I was blown away by how surprisingly powerful and poignant it was. It’s “GoodFellas” on ice: darkly comic and often just plain dark, but always breathtakingly alive. Margot Robbie is heartbreaking as the disgraced skater and Allison Janney just tears it up as her abusive mother. My rave, at RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Dec 1

RogerEbert.com — Voyeur

Gerald Foos bought a motel in Colorado to spy on his guests having sex with each other. And his story only gets weirder from there. My RogerEbert.com review of the documentary “Voyeur,” which has a lot to say about privacy, journalism and the elusive nature of truth.

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