RogerEbert.com — XX

“XX” begins with a promising premise: It’s a horror anthology consisting of four short films by women, about women. But the result is frustratingly inconsistent. Each film has its moments, but some are way stronger than others. Still, it’s encouraging to see so many women in one place working in what traditionally has been a […]

RogerEbert.com — Split

This psychological thriller marks a return to form for M. Night Shyamalan, featuring a tour de force performance from James McAvoy as a kidnapper suffering from multiple personality disorder. The big twist is, there is no big twist: It’s just a suspenseful, well-acted film. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — The Other Side of the Door

This Mumbai-set horror flick might be trying to make a point about American exceptionalism. Mostly, though, it’s pseudo-Hindu mumbo jumbo. It also wasn’t shown to critics before opening day, which is never exactly a sign of confidence. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — The Boy

January continues unabated with “The Boy,” a horror movie which was not shown to critics before opening day. It’s about a young woman who takes a job as a nanny for an 8-year-old boy at a towering, Gothic estate in the English countryside, only to find out that the boy isn’t really a boy at […]

RogerEbert.com — Knock Knock

The moral of the story is: When two hot, much younger women knock on your door, scantily clad and stranded during a rainstorm, you probably shouldn’t have sex with them, tempting as that may be. The latest from horror veteran Eli Roth builds sly tension for the first half, then goes haywire and gets tedious […]

Goodnight Mommy

Radius-TWC Rated R for disturbing violent content and some nudity. Running time: 99 minutes. Four stars out of four. You shouldn’t be reading this review. I shouldn’t even be writing it. Every time I’ve recommended “Goodnight Mommy” to someone, I’ve warned that person not to read anything about it beforehand — just to trust me, […]

RogerEbert.com — Insidious: Chapter 3

“Insidious: Chapter 3” is shockingly good — especially for the third movie in a horror franchise. Rather than repeating himself, writer, co-star and first-time director Leigh Whannell sets this one up as a prequel, and puts the exceedingly bad-ass Lin Shaye front and center. It’s got several serious jumps but also a significant emotional undercurrent. […]

Unfriended

Universal Pictures Rated R for violent content, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug and alcohol use — all involving teens. Running time: 82 minutes. Three stars out of four. If you’re reading this review on your laptop — which you probably are — then you also probably have a bunch of other windows open at […]

It Follows

Radius-TWC Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content including graphic nudity, and language. Running time: 94 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four. Back in 2011, David Robert Mitchell wrote and directed a beautiful little indie called “The Myth of the American Sleepover,” which not nearly enough people saw. It was an […]

RogerEbert.com — Horns

I love Daniel Radcliffe — he remains my favorite celebrity interview — and I love the daring choices he’s made to show his versatility outside the “Harry Potter” franchise. But I did not love the supernatural thriller “Horns,” which has some intriguing ideas but is all over the place tonally. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the […]