RogerEbert.com — It

Dear lord, is this movie scary — especially if you have a fear of clowns, which is totally understandable, because they’re creepy. But the latest adaptation of the iconic Stephen King novel is just as effective as a coming-of-age drama, with strong performances from a well-chosen cast of young actors. See it … if you […]

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. […]

RogerEbert.com — Lady Macbeth

“Lady Macbeth” only looks like a stuffy, refined period piece. While it is indeed beautiful, it’s also startling, with a central, powerhouse performance from 21-year-old Florence Pugh that constantly challenges how you feel about her title character. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

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 […]