“Insidious: Chapter 3” is shockingly good — especially for the third movie in a horror franchise. Rather than repeating himself, writer, co-star and first-time director Leigh Whannell sets this one up as a prequel, and puts the exceedingly bad-ass Lin Shaye front and center. It’s got several serious jumps but also a significant emotional undercurrent. My RogerEbert.com review.
Cameron Crowe’s latest, “Aloha,” is so baffling that I’m not even going to bother trying to explain the plot to you here. But it definitely shows the signs of massive re-editing, and not in a good way. Maybe a great film is hidden in there somewhere. We’ll have to wait for the director’s cut to find out. ‘Til then, here’s my RogerEbert.com review.
I am not a romantic or traditional kinda gal, which you may have noticed if you’ve read me for a little while. But damned if Thomas Vinterberg’s take on on the classic novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” didn’t do it for me. It is just breathtakingly beautiful, and it features Carey Mulligan’s most mature and powerful performance yet as the independent Bathsheba Everdene. My RogerEbert.com review.
You know how sometimes you walk into a movie with low expectations and it turns out not to be so bad after all? “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is actually, actively worse than you think it will be. Please enjoy my zero-star RogerEbert.com review.
Behold, the irresistible cuteness of the macaque monkeys frolicking about a Sri Lankan jungle in the latest Disneynature documentary. But beware: Some of the situations are clearly staged and manipulated. Your kids won’t mind, though. Mine didn’t. My RogerEbert.com review.
You don’t have to know a thing about fashion to appreciate the hard work and longtime devotion on display in this intimate documentary. Director Frederic Tcheng goes behind the scenes as the new creative director at Christian Dior, Raf Simons, puts together his first haute couture show — in just eight weeks. If you’re fascinated by process (as I am), this is the movie for you. My RogerEbert.com review.
“Last Knights,” a vaguely medieval action epic starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen, is as bland as its generic title would suggest. Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya’s film might feature some handsome staging and solid production values, but it’s hard to tell because his film is so relentlessly dreary and bleak. My RogerEbert.com review.
This 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.