Post Date Sep 22

RogerEbert.com — The LEGO Ninjago Movie

My kid is almost 8. We watch a lot of “Ninjago” in this house. So you can imagine how pumped we were (well, him specifically) about “The LEGO Ninjago Movie.” But the feature-film version of the long-running animated TV series only superficially resembles its source material, and it pales in comparison to the first two Lego movies. My disappointed review, at RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Sep 22

RogerEbert.com — Woodshock

Kirsten Dunst mopes and meanders in the stylish but stultifyingly dull “Woodshock.” The debut feature from Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind the Rodarte fashion label, plays like pseudo-profound film school twaddle. My one-star RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Sep 14

RogerEbert.com — Brad’s Status

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.

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Post Date Sep 7

RogerEbert.com — It

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.

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Post Date Aug 4

RogerEbert.com — The Last Face

The Last Face Movie ReviewSean 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.

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Post Date Aug 4

RogerEbert.com — Wind River

Wind River Movie ReviewIf 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.

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Post Date Aug 4

RogerEbert.com — Fun Mom Dinner

Fun Mom Dinner Movie ReviewI 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.

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Post Date Jul 28

RogerEbert.com — Person to Person

Person to Person Movie ReviewVarious 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.

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Post Date Jul 14

RogerEbert.com — Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth Movie Review“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.

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Post Date Jun 9

RogerEbert.com — The Hero

The Hero Movie ReviewSam 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.

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