Post Date Sep 27

RogerEbert.com — Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals Movie ReviewNow “Muscle Shoals” has got the Swampers. And Aretha, and Percy, and Mick, and Keith. My RogerEbert.com review of this entertaining and enlightening music documentary.

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Post Date Sep 27

RogerEbert.com — Wedding Palace

Wedding Palace Movie Review“Wedding Palace” bills itself as the first Asian-American romantic comedy, but it’s chock full of all the same cliches and conventions you’d see in any film of the genre. My RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Sep 20

RogerEbert.com — A Single Shot

A Single Shot Movie ReviewThe backwoods neo-noir “A Single Shot” is an odd mix of beautifully bleak atmosphere and hammily mannered performances, which makes it simultaneously understated and overpowering. But it’s always good to see Sam Rockwell. My review for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Sep 20

RogerEbert.com — After Tiller

After Tiller Movie ReviewThe documentary “After Tiller” takes the politically divisive, emotionally charged issue of late-term abortions and portrays it with grace, understatement and humanity. It is sure to piss people off. My review for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Sep 13

RogerEbert.com — Plush

Plush Movie ReviewIf only this movie had something to do with the great Stone Temple Pilots song of the same name (which is now stuck in my head — again). Instead, the latest confounding career choice from director Catherine Hardwicke is a clunky psychological thriller set in the Los Angeles rock scene. My RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Sep 12

RogerEbert.com — Mademoiselle C

Mademoiselle C Movie ReviewThe “C” stands for Carine, as in Carine Roitfeld, who was the editor-in-chief of French Vogue for a decade until she left in 2011 to create her own magazine. Director Fabien Constant’s documentary follows the sleekly Parisian, hugely influential Roitfeld as she provides intimate access to all the glamour and absurdity of the world of high fashion. My review for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Sep 12

RogerEbert.com — You Will Be My Son

You Will Be My Son Movie ReviewFrench director and co-writer Gilles Legrand shows great mastery of tone and pacing in his third feature, which begins life as a domestic drama set at a family-owned vineyard and slowly morphs into a tense thriller. The great Niels Arestrup is a towering force as the world-renowned, egomaniacal winemaker who humiliates his only son at every turn, then chooses another young man as his heir apparent. It’s the stuff of Greek tragedy, as I write in my RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Sep 7

RogerEbert.com — Adore

Adore Movie ReviewNaomi Watts and Robin Wright bring dignity to this cougar-tastic tale of lifelong best friends who have affairs with each others’ sons. It’s exquisitely photographed but ultimately melodramatic. As I say in my review for RogerEbert.com, it’s what my mom would have called “good trash.”

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Post Date Sep 7

RogerEbert.com — Things Never Said

Things Never Said Movie ReviewA love of spoken-word poetry is pretty much essential for enjoying the indie drama “Things Never Said.” But co-stars Shanola Hampton and Omari Hardwick do have great chemistry with each other. My review for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Aug 31

RogerEbert.com — One Direction: This Is Us

One Direction: This Is Us Movie ReviewWhen the fine folks at RogerEbert.com needed a review of the One Direction documentary, they came to the right place. I definitely have some thoughts on the lads — “a confection, held together by hair product and harmony” — as well as the glossy, superficial way director Morgan Spurlock depicts them.

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