RogerEbert.com — Son of Saul

The Hungarian drama “Son of Saul” is a marvel of controlled, precise filmmaking and an impressively assured debut from director Laszlo Nemes and star Geza Rohrig. The story of a Nazi concentration camp prisoner trying to bury a boy he says is his son is harrowing to watch, yet mesmerizing. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the […]

RogerEbert.com — Macbeth

Plenty of toil and trouble (and sound and fury) in Justin Kurzel’s viscerally violent and devastatingly gorgeous adaptation of “Macbeth,” starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — The Danish Girl

Like most of Tom Hooper’s movies — “The King’s Speech,” “Les Miserables” — “The Danish Girl” is tasteful and restrained to a fault. The story of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe is impeccably made and strongly acted, but easier to admire than love. My extremely mixed RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

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 […]