Post Date Feb 27

RogerEbert.com — Focus

Focus Movie ReviewWill Smith and Margot Robbie share a crackling chemistry and snappy banter in a series of luxurious locations as con artists conning each other and everyone else they meet. It’s a lot of fun, until it isn’t. At RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Feb 20

RogerEbert.com — The DUFF

The DUFF Movie ReviewMae Whitman dazzles as the title character — which stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend — a brilliant and quick-witted high school senior who takes that derogatory label and makes it her own. This breezy comedy is Whitman’s “Easy A”: the movie that will make the longtime supporting actress a star. At RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Feb 6

RogerEbert.com — The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Movie ReviewThis second feature-length film based on the long-running “SpongeBob Squarepants” TV series is as zippy and zany as fans have come to expected. The animated, underwater sequences are a blast. It’s the back-and-forth to live action on dry land that’s the problem. My mixed RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Feb 6

RogerEbert.com — Love, Rosie

Lily Collins and Sam Claflin are attractive and appealing as lifelong best friends who are clearly meant to be together, but the many contrived obstacles that keep them apart are more irritating than romantic. The lighting is pretty, though. My RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Jan 23

RogerEbert.com — The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door Movie Review“The Boy Next Door” is terrible, but it isn’t delightfully terrible enough. An R-rated erotic thriller starring Jennifer Lopez as a sexy high school English teacher being stalked by a hunk half her age should wallow in its over-the-top premise. And it does, eventually — but the insane climax of Rob Cohen’s film only makes you wish the rest of it were as much fun. My RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Jan 23

RogerEbert.com — The Humbling

The Humbling Movie ReviewAl Pacino dials it down and does some of his best work in a long time as a veteran actor struggling to regain his former glory. If that premise sounds a lot like “Birdman,” well, yes — that is an unfortunate coincidence. But Pacino’s performance is the strongest element in Barry Levinson’s frustratingly inconsistent film. My mixed RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Jan 16

RogerEbert.com — The Wedding Ringer

The Wedding Ringer Movie ReviewThe buoyantly loopy chemistry between Kevin Hart and Josh Gad helps keep this mostly formulaic bromance afloat. Gad stars as a sweet but schlubby dude who’s about to get married; Hart plays his best man for hire. What could possibly go wrong? My RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Jan 16

RogerEbert.com — Paddington

Paddington Movie Review“Paddington” is smarter than the average bear. That’s right, I went there — but it’s true. It manages to pull off several different, tricky balancing acts while also serving as a stealthy allegory about immigration. Mostly, though, it’s just fun for the whole family. My review, at RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Dec 12

RogerEbert.com — Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings Movie ReviewRidley Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is a numbing, soulless spectacle of 3-D CGI run amok. The plagues are fun, though. My RogerEbert.com review.

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Post Date Dec 5

RogerEbert.com — Still Alice

Still Alice Movie ReviewJulianne Moore gives a graceful yet powerful performance as a brilliant linguistics professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in “Still Alice.” The movie itself, however, isn’t all that great. My mixed RogerEbert.com review.

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