“Penguins of Madagascar,” a spin-off from the “Madagascar” franchise, is zippy and zany and much funnier than you might expect. I laughed the whole way through — because the vast majority of the humor is for us and not our kids. Still, this animated comedy is super family-friendly. My RogerEbert.com review.
This beautiful and beautifully strange animated film, which originally was released in France in 1980, has taken a long and tortured road to reach the United States. It’s a surreal satire of the perils of tyranny, told in twisted fairy tale form. Try and find it if it comes anywhere near you. My RogerEbert.com review.
“The Theory of Everything” is biopic about one of the most brilliant people in the history of the planet, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. He’s a man famous for thinking in boldly innovative ways, yet his story is told in the safest and most conventional method imaginable. Director James Marsh — an Oscar winner for the 2008 documentary “Man on Wire” — has made a strongly acted, handsomely crafted film that nonetheless feels bland and unsatisfying. My mixed RogerEbert.com review.
The documentary “Actress” blurs the line between reality and performance in following its subject, former actress Brandy Burre, a mother of two trying break back into the business. Director Robert Greene takes a look at this inherently dramatic woman in ways that are both unadorned and artful. My RogerEbert.com review.
I love Daniel Radcliffe — he remains my favorite celebrity interview — and I love the daring choices he’s made to show his versatility outside the “Harry Potter” franchise. But I did not love the supernatural thriller “Horns,” which has some intriguing ideas but is all over the place tonally. My RogerEbert.com review.
“John Wick” is very much in Keanu Reeves’ wheelhouse. It’s a stylishly cool, dazzlingly choreographed action thriller that allows him to play on his stoic, Zen-like persona but also whip out a deadpan one-liner with detached precision. My RogerEbert.com review.
“Birdman” is technically astounding yet emotionally rich, intimate yet enormous, biting yet warm, satirical yet sweet. It’s one of the best times you’ll have at the movies all year and might just be the best movie of the year. A rare four-star review, at RogerEbert.com.
“One Chance,” inspired by the true story of unlikely opera singer Paul Potts, is pure formula. But it’s charming nonetheless thanks mostly to a winning performance from the irresistible James Corden. You may as well give in — he’s just going to keep singing at you until you do. I went easy on this one at RogerEbert.com.
A movie about the Rapture starring Nicolas Cage should be wackier than this. As an airline pilot who has to fly a plane under difficult circumstances of biblical proportions, Cage is oddly inert. You want him to bring the wide-eyed, full-bore crazy; instead he’s the calm voice of reason. But this remake of the 2000 Kirk Cameron flick is just terrible in every way — and not even in a fun way. My one-star review at RogerEbert.com.
The makers of the new musical drama about Jimi Hendrix, “Jimi: All Is By My side” took a potential obstacle — the Hendrix estate’s refusal to grant access to any of his music — and turned it into an opportunity. Writer-director John Ridley’s film focuses on the year before Hendrix exploded into superstardom, when he was still honing his persona and his sound in London. Andre Benjamin is ideally cast. I dug it. My RogerEbert.com review.