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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Post Date Aug 30

RogerEbert.com — Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight Movie ReviewJuno Temple is a stripper with a heart of gold and Kathryn Hahn is the bored stay-at-home mom who tries to coax her down off the pole in “Afternoon Delight.” The film starts out as an honest exploration of a woman’s life and marriage in flux and turns into a judgy, preachy cautionary tale. My review for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Aug 23

RogerEbert.com — Short Term 12

Short Term 12 Movie ReviewSet in a foster-care center for troubled teens, the indie drama “Short Term 12” could have been painfully mawkish. Instead, it’s powerful in its understatement. I loved reviewing this small gem for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Aug 23

RogerEbert.com — Paradise: Faith

Paradise: Faith Movie ReviewThe austere Austrian film “Paradise: Faith” features acts of religious fervor that are so crazy, they’re sure to startle the devout and non-believers alike. I had the unique pleasure of reviewing it for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Aug 16

RogerEbert.com — Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Ain't Them Bodies Saints Movie Review“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is a devastatingly beautiful film with an absolutely terrible title. It borrows more than a tad from Terrence Malick but also heralds the emergence of a talented filmmaker in David Lowery. My review for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Aug 10

RogerEbert.com — Off Label

Off Label Movie ReviewMy RogerEbert.com review of the documentary “Off Label,” an indictment of Big Pharma that tries to encompass so many people and so many angles in such a short amount of time, it ends up breezing through them and providing glimpses that feel rushed and unsatisfying.

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