Pitch Perfect 2

Universal Pictures Rated PG-13 for innuendo and language. Running time: 114 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before. A perky group of college a cappella singers suffers an embarrassing on-stage mishap, then fights to redeem itself and regain its former glory. Along the […]

Hot Pursuit

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated PG-13 for sexual content, violence, language and some drug material. Running time: 87 minutes. One star out of four. At the end of the mismatched-buddy comedy “Hot Pursuit,” during the closing credits, there’s a series of outtakes. This is frequently the case, especially when the performers have a knack for improv, […]

RogerEbert.com — Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

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. Read the review here

Revisiting Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Tonight, I will take my 5 1/2-year-old son to see “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.” (He’ll enjoy the pratfalls. Please don’t call Child Protective Services on me.) Sony wouldn’t screen it for review before opening day, so we’re going to a 7:30pm showing with a bunch of my critic friends at The Grove. Because I […]

Home

DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox Rated PG for mild thematic elements. Running time: 93 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. A few quick thoughts on “Home,” which I inadvertently have seen twice now in less than a week: 1. The first time I saw it was by myself at a screening; the second […]

RogerEbert.com — While We’re Young

In its brutally clear-eyed look at hipster culture and the horrors of middle age, Noah Baumbach’s latest, “While We’re Young,” is funny and sad and true. Put on your bifocals and enjoy my RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The original “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was not exactly great cinema, but it was sweet and safe. It was also a surprise box office hit. Hence, we have a sequel, which feels like as much of a shameless cash grab as “Grown Ups 2.” But these are really, really grown ups. My RogerEbert.com review. Read […]

RogerEbert.com — Focus

Will 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. 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 […]

Revisiting The Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

Any self-respecting child of the ’80s loves John Hughes and knows at least one of the writer-director’s films by heart. While “Sixteen Candles” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are a total blast, the Hughes movie that mattered to me most growing up was “The Breakfast Club,” and it remains one of my favorites today. So […]