You may not like Ben Stiller (and I totally understand that instinct), so the idea of a movie that plays up all his most obnoxious on-screen traits may not appeal to you. But “Brad’s Status” is pretty great. So maybe give it a try …? Anyway, here’s my RogerEbert.com review.
Dear lord, is this movie scary — especially if you have a fear of clowns, which is totally understandable, because they’re creepy. But the latest adaptation of the iconic Stephen King novel is just as effective as a coming-of-age drama, with strong performances from a well-chosen cast of young actors. See it … if you dare. My RogerEbert.com review.
Sean Penn turns African strife into a two-hour perfume commercial with “The Last Face,” veering between gauzy impressionism and shrieky melodrama with his latest directorial effort. The real story is about Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem’s characters, humanitarian aid doctors trapped in a star-crossed romance. It’s all laughably pretentious. Please enjoy my one-star RogerEbert.com review.
If you liked “Sicario” and “Hell or High Water,” please seek out “Wind River.” Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan also directs this time, telling the story of a murder mystery at a Wyoming Indian reservation. It’s gripping and chilling, with a rich sense of place and strong performances from Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as the investigators on the case. My RogerEbert.com review.
I have been to many a Fun Mom Dinner in my life. I’m usually the ones who plans them, actually. So I am exactly the target audience for the raunchy, R-rated comedy “Fun Mom Dinner.” Unfortunately, it’s got moms and dinner but not much fun. My RogerEbert.com review.
Various characters populate “Person to Person,” but they rarely register as actual people. And while some of their storylines intersect throughout the course of a day in New York, they rarely connect in ways that have actual meaning. My RogerEbert.com review of this shaggy, meandering dramedy.
“Lady Macbeth” only looks like a stuffy, refined period piece. While it is indeed beautiful, it’s also startling, with a central, powerhouse performance from 21-year-old Florence Pugh that constantly challenges how you feel about her title character. My RogerEbert.com review.
Sam Elliott is Sam Elliott as Sam Elliott in “The Hero,” a sentimental and sporadically effective celebration of the veteran character actor. Director and co-writer Brett Haley is clearly aware that this dude is iconic, placing Elliott front and center for a rare leading role. But while it’s a pleasure to luxuriate in the silver-haired 72-year-old’s distinctively handsome features and deeply resonant voice, there’s not much to the character he plays or the story that surrounds him. My RogerEbert.com review.
“Vincent N Roxxy” is a nasty little piece of B-movie trash that lacks both the verve to grab you as a guilty pleasure and the artistry to be taken seriously as a dramatic thriller. It wastes talented actors who usually have a welcome presence on screen — Emile Hirsch, Zoe Kravitz, Emory Cohen and Zoey Deutch — in barely-there, go-nowhere roles. And it takes place in a thoroughly unpleasant slab of small-town Louisiana populated by idiot lowlifes whose primary characteristics are chain smoking and bad tattoos. My one-star RogerEbert.com review.
“Berlin Syndrome” will make you question any wanderlust-inspired notions you may have of traveling alone to a foreign country on a quest for self-discovery. Australian director Cate Shortland creates a dreamlike sense of place within a nightmare scenario with this taut and strongly acted thriller. And Teresa Palmer works wonders in what is often a solitary and wordless role. My RogerEbert.com review.