10 Best Films of 2017

Narrowing down the best films of the year to just 10 is always a daunting process. There have been so many great movies this year, and I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot more of them than usual as a member of a couple different award committees and, of course, the Los Angeles Film […]

RogerEbert.com — I, Tonya

As a (wannabe) figure skater, I was already predisposed to liking “I, Tonya.” But I was blown away by how surprisingly powerful and poignant it was. It’s “GoodFellas” on ice: darkly comic and often just plain dark, but always breathtakingly alive. Margot Robbie is heartbreaking as the disgraced skater and Allison Janney just tears it up […]

RogerEbert.com — The Girl on the Train

The book wasn’t great. It was solid trash — a juicy page turner. The movie version isn’t even that. It’s a surprisingly flat and suspense-free tale of pretty people in peril. Emily Blunt gives it her all, though, as the title character: a damaged woman on a misguided quest for redemption. My RogerEbert.com review. Read […]

RogerEbert.com — Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

It’s essentially “Groundhog Day” meets “X-Men.” But really, Tim Burton’s latest fantasy adventure is much more complicated than that, with a dense mythology and overly explanatory dialogue that may leave you wondering what you’d just seen. The costumes are gorgeous, though. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — The DUFF

Mae 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. Read the […]

RogerEbert.com — Tammy

Melissa McCarthy has enough clout in this town and in this industry, after standout performances in the massive box-office hits “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat” and “Identity Thief,” to make pretty much any movie she wants. She’s used it to make “Tammy,” a comedy she stars in, produced and co-wrote with her husband, Ben Falcone, who’s directing […]

RogerEbert.com — Bad Words

I really wanted to like this movie. I’ve been a big fan of Jason Bateman for years and the premise — a 40-year-old muscles his way into a national spelling bee — had real promise. “Bad Words” is simply trying to hard to shock us. Rather than being funny, most of the rude, crude lines […]