RogerEbert.com — The Hero

Sam Elliott is Sam Elliott as Sam Elliott in “The Hero,” a sentimental and sporadically effective celebration of the veteran character actor. Director and co-writer Brett Haley is clearly aware that this dude is iconic, placing Elliott front and center for a rare leading role. But while it’s a pleasure to luxuriate in the silver-haired […]

RogerEbert.com — Vincent N Roxxy

“Vincent N Roxxy” is a nasty little piece of B-movie trash that lacks both the verve to grab you as a guilty pleasure and the artistry to be taken seriously as a dramatic thriller. It wastes talented actors who usually have a welcome presence on screen — Emile Hirsch, Zoe Kravitz, Emory Cohen and Zoey […]

RogerEbert.com — Berlin Syndrome

“Berlin Syndrome” will make you question any wanderlust-inspired notions you may have of traveling alone to a foreign country on a quest for self-discovery. Australian director Cate Shortland creates a dreamlike sense of place within a nightmare scenario with this taut and strongly acted thriller. And Teresa Palmer works wonders in what is often a […]

RogerEbert.com — Lowriders

What a lovely surprise “Lowriders” is. It tells an age-old story of intergenerational conflict, but strong performances from a well-chosen cast and a vivid sense of place make it feel fresh. Set within the mythical Mexican-American car culture of East L.A., “Lowriders” is richly, culturally specific, yet its themes of regret and reconciliation, ambition and […]

RogerEbert.com — 3 Generations

This drama about a transgendered teen and her family in New York City has the best of intentions and a strong cast in Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon. But it skims the surface of an emotionally complicated topic and focuses on a romantic history that isn’t nearly as compelling. My RogerEbert.com review. Read […]

RogerEbert.com — Sleight

“Sleight” is an ambitious genre mash-up about a young street magician that pulls off a nifty bit of trickery itself. With his debut feature, director and co-writer J.D. Dillard deftly mixes intimate sci-fi thrills with dramatic, big-city dangers. Think “Chronicle” meets “Dope,” with a hugely charismatic lead performance from rising star Jacob Latimore. My RogerEbert.com […]

RogerEbert.com — Unforgettable

“Unforgettable” is what my mom would have called “good trash.” Like Sidney Sheldon novels. Its stars — Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl — know exactly what kind of movie they’re in, and they’re reveling in it. This sexual thriller isn’t exactly good, but I had a good time watching it. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the […]

RogerEbert.com — Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

How you feel about Norman the character will determine how you feel about “Norman” the movie. Is he a shameless hustler? Or merely an overbearing yet well-intentioned mensch? And yet, in Richard Gere’s deft, veteran hands, would-be fixer Norman Oppenheimer is consistently, completely fascinating. It’s one of the best performances of Gere’s long and eclectic […]

RogerEbert.com — Carrie Pilby

As the title character — a 19-year-old woman who’s brilliant beyond her years and miserable — Bel Powley is so enormously compelling that she breathes life into Carrie’s quirks and the story’s contrivances. It’s clear that the women behind the scenes have great affection for Carrie in all her self-sabotaging imperfections. And the supporting cast, […]

RogerEbert.com — T2 Trainspotting

If you loved “Trainspotting,” well … here it is again. Danny Boyle’s sequel to his generation-defining 1996 film offers more of the same, for better and for worse. An opportunity to wallow in grimy nostalgia seems to be its sole purpose. It’s got all of the director’s visual verve, but it lacks a real narrative […]