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.
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.
Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” is the best film of 2017. This story of unexpected first love set in northern Italy during the summer of 1983 is lushly beautiful and achingly sad, with pitch-perfect performances from Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer. It left me a sobbing mess. Come swoon with me at RogerEbert.com. It’s my first four-star review of the year.
What a wonderful surprise this movie is. It looks like a mawkish family drama about a young boy who overcomes a genetic abnormality and finds some happiness in the world. But it ends up being genuinely moving, thanks to strong performances from Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson and (mostly) understated direction from Stephen Chbosky. You’ll shed a few tears — especially if you’re a parent — and they’ll be earned. My RogerEbert.com review.
As director, writer and star, Marianna Palka has come up with a creative, provocative concept with “Bitch”: She plays an overwhelmed, underappreciated wife and mother who snaps one day and starts living life as a dog. But Palka has trouble balancing dark comedy with dire melodrama, struggling to find the right tone as she blend so many wildly different and difficult kinds of movie at once. My RogerEbert.com review.
“A Bad Moms Christmas” arrives in theaters just 15 months after last summer’s surprise-hit comedy “Bad Moms,” and it’s as shoddy and slapped-together as it sounds. And I really liked the original, too. But this feels like a waste of some great, veteran talent, including Susan Sarandon and Christine Baranski. Bah humbug, indeed. My RogerEbert.com review.
“Novitiate” marks the ambitious, assured feature filmmaking debut of Margaret Betts, who takes on a topic that may sound dull — nuns in flux during the ideological shift of the Catholic Church’s Vatican II — and makes it quietly riveting. Betts explores the mystery and ecstasy of faith with zero judgment. And Melissa Leo is awesomely over the top as the convent’s old-school Reverend Mother. My RogerEbert.com review.
Despite its visual delights — the gorgeous cinematography, the rich costumes, the vivid sense of place — “Wonderstruck” is a rare disappointment from Todd Haynes. He bounces back in forth in time in telling the story of two young people who run away to New York City 50 years apart, but their eventual connection lacks the emotional punch he intended. My mixed review, at RogerEbert.com.
“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” only looks like a tasteful and refined period drama. It’s actually sexy as hell, tackling some daring themes and aiming to shake you up. And its stars — Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote — have crazy chemistry with each other. Please enjoy my RogerEbert.com review.
Oh, man are the Bronies mad at me for my review of the “My Little Pony” movie. Sorry, my dudes, but it is not good. It’s like eating a giant bag of Skittles, then throwing it all up in a fit of sugar-induced nausea. So if you’re down for that, have at it. Here’s my 1 1/2-star review for RogerEbert.com.