Based on a Dennis Lehane short story (and Lehane himself wrote the script), this is a totally solid crime drama which may seem a little familiar with its low-life figures and working-class setting. But it’s so well-made, well-cast and well-acted that not only will you not mind, you’ll be thoroughly engrossed. Tom Hardy is terrific […]
Chess: It’s just like life! Did you know that? Cuba Gooding Jr. teaches the game to inner-city youth — and uses it as a not-so-subtle metaphor — in this well-intentioned but ultimately formulaic story of an ex-con trying to rebuild his life. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here
James Burns’ reckless youth and road to redemption are the subject of “Jamesy Boy,” a film with a message of inspiration, to be sure, but not much in terms of innovation. Newcomer Spencer Lofranco doesn’t seem quite ready for his first lead role opposite a strong supporting cast that includes Ving Rhames, Mary-Louise Parker and […]
“American Hustle” is absolutely one of the best films of the year in a year packed with great films. David O. Russell’s ’70s crime romp is ridiculously entertaining in all the best possible ways. My rare four-star RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here
We all had a complete blast at “American Hustle,” one of the year’s best films and one that will appear very high on both Alonso’s and my top 10 lists.
“Paris Countdown” is a middle-aged bromance tucked inside a French crime thriller, a slick and brutal B-action picture that finds writer-director Edgar Marie channeling Nicolas Winding Refn channeling early Michael Mann. It all feels familiar but never feels memorable. My Roger Ebert.com review. Read the review here