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 […]

RogerEbert.com — Strangerland

“Strangerland” is Nicole Kidman’s first Australian indie since 1989’s “Dead Calm.” It is beautifully shot and well-acted but relentlessly bleak. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

Max

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated PG for action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements. Running time: 111 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. “Max” is a strange beast. It is, in theory, a family-friendly movie about courage and friendship, with a brave and handsome military search dog at its center. Who […]

RogerEbert.com — Madame Bovary

The Madame Bovary of this “Madame Bovary” could be Betty Draper. She could be a reality-show housewife or the mom waiting in front of you in an SUV in the pickup line at school. My mixed review of this beautiful but emotionally detached take on Gustave Flaubert’s great novel, at RogerEbert.com. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Far From the Madding Crowd

I am not a romantic or traditional kinda gal, which you may have noticed if you’ve read me for a little while. But damned if Thomas Vinterberg’s take on on the classic novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” didn’t do it for me. It is just breathtakingly beautiful, and it features Carey Mulligan’s most mature […]

Ex Machina

A24 Films Rated R for graphic nudity, language, sexual references and some violences. Running time: 108 minutes. Four stars out of four. “Ex Machina” is the best movie I’ve seen all year. Granted, it’s April. At the beginning of the year — especially the months of January and February — it’s notoriously dumping-ground time. But […]