“Snatched” is the highest of high-concept comedies. Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer star as a polar-opposite mother and daughter who get kidnapped while reluctantly vacationing together in Ecuador. It’s a mismatched-buddy comedy. It’s a fish-out-of-water comedy. It’s a raucous girl-power comedy. But it’s not much more than a concept. My RogerEbert.com review.
This drama about a transgendered teen and her family in New York City has the best of intentions and a strong cast in Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon. But it skims the surface of an emotionally complicated topic and focuses on a romantic history that isn’t nearly as compelling. My RogerEbert.com review.
“Sleight” is an ambitious genre mash-up about a young street magician that pulls off a nifty bit of trickery itself. With his debut feature, director and co-writer J.D. Dillard deftly mixes intimate sci-fi thrills with dramatic, big-city dangers. Think “Chronicle” meets “Dope,” with a hugely charismatic lead performance from rising star Jacob Latimore. My RogerEbert.com review.
“Unforgettable” is what my mom would have called “good trash.” Like Sidney Sheldon novels. Its stars — Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl — know exactly what kind of movie they’re in, and they’re reveling in it. This sexual thriller isn’t exactly good, but I had a good time watching it. My RogerEbert.com review.
How you feel about Norman the character will determine how you feel about “Norman” the movie. Is he a shameless hustler? Or merely an overbearing yet well-intentioned mensch? And yet, in Richard Gere’s deft, veteran hands, would-be fixer Norman Oppenheimer is consistently, completely fascinating. It’s one of the best performances of Gere’s long and eclectic career. My RogerEbert.com review.