Post Date Mar 27

RogerEbert.com — While We’re Young

While We're Young Movie ReviewIn its brutally clear-eyed look at hipster culture and the horrors of middle age, Noah Baumbach’s latest, “While We’re Young,” is funny and sad and true. Put on your bifocals and enjoy my RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Mar 13

RogerEbert.com — The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew Movie ReviewThis affectionate and respectful documentary shines a spotlight on a group of studio musicians who performed on many of the biggest and most enduring hits of the 1960s and early ’70s. There’s a ton of great music in here, but the movie as a whole can get a little scattered and repetitive. My RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Mar 6

RogerEbert.com — The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie ReviewThe original “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was not exactly great cinema, but it was sweet and safe. It was also a surprise box office hit. Hence, we have a sequel, which feels like as much of a shameless cash grab as “Grown Ups 2.” But these are really, really grown ups. My RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Feb 27

RogerEbert.com — Focus

Focus Movie ReviewWill Smith and Margot Robbie share a crackling chemistry and snappy banter in a series of luxurious locations as con artists conning each other and everyone else they meet. It’s a lot of fun, until it isn’t. At RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Feb 20

RogerEbert.com — The DUFF

The DUFF Movie ReviewMae Whitman dazzles as the title character — which stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend — a brilliant and quick-witted high school senior who takes that derogatory label and makes it her own. This breezy comedy is Whitman’s “Easy A”: the movie that will make the longtime supporting actress a star. At RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Feb 6

RogerEbert.com — The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Movie ReviewThis second feature-length film based on the long-running “SpongeBob Squarepants” TV series is as zippy and zany as fans have come to expected. The animated, underwater sequences are a blast. It’s the back-and-forth to live action on dry land that’s the problem. My mixed RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Feb 6

RogerEbert.com — Love, Rosie

Lily Collins and Sam Claflin are attractive and appealing as lifelong best friends who are clearly meant to be together, but the many contrived obstacles that keep them apart are more irritating than romantic. The lighting is pretty, though. My RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Jan 23

RogerEbert.com — The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door Movie Review“The Boy Next Door” is terrible, but it isn’t delightfully terrible enough. An R-rated erotic thriller starring Jennifer Lopez as a sexy high school English teacher being stalked by a hunk half her age should wallow in its over-the-top premise. And it does, eventually — but the insane climax of Rob Cohen’s film only makes you wish the rest of it were as much fun. My RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Jan 23

RogerEbert.com — The Humbling

The Humbling Movie ReviewAl Pacino dials it down and does some of his best work in a long time as a veteran actor struggling to regain his former glory. If that premise sounds a lot like “Birdman,” well, yes — that is an unfortunate coincidence. But Pacino’s performance is the strongest element in Barry Levinson’s frustratingly inconsistent film. My mixed RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Jan 16

RogerEbert.com — The Wedding Ringer

The Wedding Ringer Movie ReviewThe buoyantly loopy chemistry between Kevin Hart and Josh Gad helps keep this mostly formulaic bromance afloat. Gad stars as a sweet but schlubby dude who’s about to get married; Hart plays his best man for hire. What could possibly go wrong? My RogerEbert.com review.

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