RogerEbert.com — The Last Face

Sean Penn turns African strife into a two-hour perfume commercial with “The Last Face,” veering between gauzy impressionism and shrieky melodrama with his latest directorial effort. The real story is about Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem’s characters, humanitarian aid doctors trapped in a star-crossed romance. It’s all laughably pretentious. Please enjoy my one-star RogerEbert.com review. […]

10 Best Films of 2016

I realize I haven’t written nearly enough reviews this year and I have a million excuses for that: being busy with Nic’s school, his skating, my skating, What the Flick?!, various radio shows, trying to read actual books. But I promise you I see everything, and I keep a running list of potential top-10 contenders […]

RogerEbert.com — Kubo and the Two Strings

The latest stop-motion animation extravaganza from Laika is as poignant for adults as it is entertaining for children. Inspired by a multitude of Japanese art forms, it’s textured yet crisp, frighteningly dark yet radiant with bold color. It’s a classic hero’s journey full of action and adventure, but it’s also an intimate fable about love […]

RogerEbert.com — The Huntsman: Winter’s War

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is for people who liked “Frozen” but thought it wasn’t angry enough. It’s a sorta-prequel, sorta-sequel to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” and it’s a total mess. The costumes are gorgeous, though. My 1 1/2-star RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

10 Best Films of 2015

OK, people. No more cramming in screeners. No more dashing back and forth across town all day to see movies. Time to make the tough decisions about the best films of 2015. I try to keep a list going all year long to remind myself of what I’ve loved, and then I have to kill […]

Ted 2

Universal Pictures Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use. Running time: 115 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. If you liked the original “Ted,” Seth MacFarlane’s 2012 surprise smash about a pot-smoking, potty-mouthed teddy bear, then you will probably like “Ted 2.” It is essentially the […]

Mad Max: Fury Road

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images. Running time: 120 minutes. Four stars out of four. The title of the movie is “Mad Max: Fury Road” because, in theory, its driving force is the iconic character at the center of George Miller’s groundbreaking, post-apocalyptic franchise. The actor […]

What the Flick?! — A Million Ways to Die in the West

As is his preferred method, Seth MacFarlane throws everything at the wall — often more than once — to see what sticks in his comic Western. I laughed a lot throughout, particularly when MacFarlane is at his smartest with humor that subverts politics, pop culture and religion. And Charlize Theron is delightful in a rare […]