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 […]

RogerEbert.com — Little Boy

The World War II drama “Little Boy” is extremely earnest but it’s also extremely heavy-handed in its notions about the transformative power of faith. I’d avoid it if I were you. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

The Longest Ride

20th Century Fox Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, partial nudity, and some war and sports action. Running time: 128 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. Movies based on Nicholas Sparks novels are low-hanging fruit. With their patented formula of painfully earnest romance and melodrama, they are easy to chew up and spit […]

RogerEbert.com — Last Knights

“Last Knights,” a vaguely medieval action epic starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen, is as bland as its generic title would suggest. Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya’s film might feature some handsome staging and solid production values, but it’s hard to tell because his film is so relentlessly dreary and bleak. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the […]

RogerEbert.com — The Humbling

Al Pacino dials it down and does some of his best work in a long time as a veteran actor struggling to regain his former glory. If that premise sounds a lot like “Birdman,” well, yes — that is an unfortunate coincidence. But Pacino’s performance is the strongest element in Barry Levinson’s frustratingly inconsistent film. […]

RogerEbert.com — Still Alice

Julianne Moore gives a graceful yet powerful performance as a brilliant linguistics professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in “Still Alice.” The movie itself, however, isn’t all that great. My mixed RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here