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 — Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” is the best film of 2017. This story of unexpected first love set in northern Italy during the summer of 1983 is lushly beautiful and achingly sad, with pitch-perfect performances from Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer. It left me a sobbing mess. Come swoon with me at RogerEbert.com. […]

RogerEbert.com — Wonder

What a wonderful surprise this movie is. It looks like a mawkish family drama about a young boy who overcomes a genetic abnormality and finds some happiness in the world. But it ends up being genuinely moving, thanks to strong performances from Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson and (mostly) understated direction from Stephen […]

RogerEbert.com — Bitch

As director, writer and star, Marianna Palka has come up with a creative, provocative concept with “Bitch”: She plays an overwhelmed, underappreciated wife and mother who snaps one day and starts living life as a dog. But Palka has trouble balancing dark comedy with dire melodrama, struggling to find the right tone as she blend so many […]

RogerEbert.com — Novitiate

“Novitiate” marks the ambitious, assured feature filmmaking debut of Margaret Betts, who takes on a topic that may sound dull — nuns in flux during the ideological shift of the Catholic Church’s Vatican II — and makes it quietly riveting. Betts explores the mystery and ecstasy of faith with zero judgment. And Melissa Leo is […]

RogerEbert.com — Wonderstruck

Despite its visual delights — the gorgeous cinematography, the rich costumes, the vivid sense of place — “Wonderstruck” is a rare disappointment from Todd Haynes. He bounces back in forth in time in telling the story of two young people who run away to New York City 50 years apart, but their eventual connection lacks […]

RogerEbert.com — Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” only looks like a tasteful and refined period drama. It’s actually sexy as hell, tackling some daring themes and aiming to shake you up. And its stars — Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote — have crazy chemistry with each other. Please enjoy my RogerEbert.com review. Read the […]

Wine the Flick?! — American Made

So I’m doing something new that may go somewhere and may go nowhere, but it’s an idea I’ve been thinking about for a while and finally got a chance to try. I’ve wanted to do a series of reviews in which I sit down with a friend over a glass of wine, talk about a […]

RogerEbert.com — Woodshock

Kirsten Dunst mopes and meanders in the stylish but stultifyingly dull “Woodshock.” The debut feature from Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind the Rodarte fashion label, plays like pseudo-profound film school twaddle. My one-star RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Brad’s Status

You may not like Ben Stiller (and I totally understand that instinct), so the idea of a movie that plays up all his most obnoxious on-screen traits may not appeal to you. But “Brad’s Status” is pretty great. So maybe give it a try …? Anyway, here’s my RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here