RogerEbert.com — Mustang

“Mustang” may sound like a Turkish version of “The Virgin Suicides,” but it’s got a melancholy all its own, as well as a rebellious spirit. The debut from director Deniz Gamze Erguven is both intimate and urgent. Take your daughters to see this one — it’s excellent. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

Spotlight

Open Road Films Rated R for some language including sexual references. Running time: 127 minutes. Four stars out of four. Journalists love to bitch about things, especially when it comes to movies about journalism. They never seem to get what we do right, from the newsroom vibe to the way we go about our work. […]

Room

A24 Films Rated R for language. Running time: 118 minutes. Four stars out of four. This is one of those situations in which mere words seem insufficient in describing a film’s profoundly moving power. I can tell you this much, plainly and without shame: I sobbed throughout “Room,” about a mother and her 5-year-old son […]

RogerEbert.com — I Smile Back

Sarah Silverman previously has dipped her toe in more dramatic waters with 2010’s excellent “Take This Waltz.” Here, the comedian flings herself headlong into dark and disturbing territory as an upper-middle class wife and mom struggling to conceal her depression and addiction. She’s willing to go to places that the superficial film itself is not. […]

RogerEbert.com — Steve Jobs

“Steve Jobs” doesn’t try to make you like Steve Jobs –and that’s what makes it so compelling. Danny Boyle’s film, bursting with super-Sorkiny Aaron Sorkin dialogue, is thrilling and daring and full of fascinating contradictions. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

The documentary “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” follows a young woman’s journey from insecure bullying victim to internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and lobbyist. Velasquez — who was born with a syndrome that gave her striking facial features and makes it difficult for her to gain weight — radiates sweetness and humor, no matter […]

War Room

Sony Pictures Rated PG for thematic elements throughout. Running time: 120 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. “War Room” is the most slickly made faith-based film I’ve seen yet in terms of production values, but that doesn’t make it quote-unquote good, per se. It certainly looks better than, say, the Nicolas Cage […]

We Are Your Friends

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated R for language throughout, drug use, sexual content and some nudity. Running time: 96 minutes. Three stars out of four. Similar to “Paper Towns,” “We Are Your Friends” is a movie that I liked but I would have loved if I were 20 years younger. It’s about making mistakes in your […]

RogerEbert.com — Zipper

The unfortunately titled “Zipper” is the kind of tawdry sex drama you’d watch late at night on cable and hate yourself for in the morning. Patrick Wilson leads a strong cast as a political star on the rise whose obsession with high-priced escorts threatens to ruin his career ambitions. Sound familiar? My RogerEbert.com review. Read […]

Paper Towns

20th Century Fox Rated PG-13 for some language, drinking, sexuality and partial nudity — all involving teens. Running time: 109 minutes. Three stars out of four. “Paper Towns” is a movie that I really liked, but I probably would have loved if I’d seen it when I was 13. If it had come out when […]