RogerEbert.com — Nostalgia

Mark Pellington’s “Nostalgia” is an extremely personal exploration of death, loss and memory. It features a strong cast giving their all, including Jon Hamm, Ellyn Burstyn, Bruce Dern and Catherine Keener. But it is just relentlessly somber. My review, at RogerEbert.com. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Paddington 2

“Paddington 2” is completely charming and exactly what we need right now. And it proves that the wonderful, original “Paddington” was no fluke three years ago. Maybe it’s not the revelation that the first film was, but its central message of being kind to others, even during the most troubling circumstances, couldn’t be more relevant. […]

Wine the Flick?! — Coco

It’s a very special day-drinking edition of Wine the Flick?! One of my dearest friends, the brilliant film critic Amy Nicholson, joins me to talk about “Coco” over a couple of glasses of cabernet. We met up at the Snow White Cafe, down Hollywood Boulevard from the historic El Capitan Theatre, to discuss the Pixar […]

RogerEbert.com — Wonder

What a wonderful surprise this movie is. It looks like a mawkish family drama about a young boy who overcomes a genetic abnormality and finds some happiness in the world. But it ends up being genuinely moving, thanks to strong performances from Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson and (mostly) understated direction from Stephen […]

RogerEbert.com — Bitch

As director, writer and star, Marianna Palka has come up with a creative, provocative concept with “Bitch”: She plays an overwhelmed, underappreciated wife and mother who snaps one day and starts living life as a dog. But Palka has trouble balancing dark comedy with dire melodrama, struggling to find the right tone as she blend so many […]

RogerEbert.com — My Little Pony: The Movie

Oh, man are the Bronies mad at me for my review of the “My Little Pony” movie. Sorry, my dudes, but it is not good. It’s like eating a giant bag of Skittles, then throwing it all up in a fit of sugar-induced nausea. So if you’re down for that, have at it. Here’s my 1 […]

RogerEbert.com — The LEGO Ninjago Movie

My kid is almost 8. We watch a lot of “Ninjago” in this house. So you can imagine how pumped we were (well, him specifically) about “The LEGO Ninjago Movie.” But the feature-film version of the long-running animated TV series only superficially resembles its source material, and it pales in comparison to the first two […]

RogerEbert.com — Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

You’ll never know how good the first three “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies were until you’re forced to see the fourth one. And I say this as someone who has seen all the movies — and read all the books — with my 7-year-old son. We’re both fans of the series. But this shrill […]

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 […]