RogerEbert.com — The Space Between Us

“The Space Between Us,” about the romance between a boy from Mars and a girl from Earth, plays like a “Muppet Babies” version of “Starman.” It’s nutty. Not nutty enough that you should run out and see it, but still. It features an exploding barn. My 1 1/2-star review, at RogerEbert.com. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Independence Day: Resurgence

The sequel you never thought you wanted or needed to the 1996 smash-hit blockbuster “Independence Day” isn’t as terrible as you would expect, given that it wasn’t shown to critics before opening day. It’s just … dull. A massive waste of time and money. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Warcraft

“Warcraft,” based on the video game, is easily a contender for the year’s worst movie: an effects-filled fantasy extravaganza that’s unattractive, hard to follow and (worst of all) boring. My half-star RogerEbert.com review, where I’m guessing I’m very popular in the comments section. Read the review here

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Lionsgate Films Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some partial nudity. Running time: 120 minutes. One star out of four. The confused look on the faces of all the characters in the above photo pretty much tells you everything you need to know about “Allegiant” — I’m sorry, “The Divergent Series: […]

The 5th Wave

Sony Pictures Rated PG-13 for violence and destruction, some sci-fi thematic elements, language and brief teen partying. Running time: 112 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. “The 5th Wave” plays like a Wayans-brothers spoof of movies based on dystopian Young Adult novels. Seriously, it could have been called “YA Movie” the way […]

Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens

Walt Disney Pictures. PG-13 for sci-fi action violence. Running time: 135 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four. You guys have all seen “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” by now, right? So I can go ahead and wallow in all the spoilers? Actually, I wouldn’t dream of it. Not here, […]

RogerEbert.com — Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

The teens from “The Maze Runner” are still running, but while they cover more ground in this second film in the series, they never really go anywhere. The sequel is bigger in scope, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. Plus, by this point, all these dystopian-future, sci-fi dramas based on Young Adult novels are […]

Fantastic Four

20th Century Fox Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, and for language. Running time: 106 minutes. One star out of four. So we just got back from a two-week East Coast sweep — Montreal, Vermont, New Hampshire, Boston and back up again — wherein I believe I ate all of the lobster. All of it. […]

RogerEbert.com — Terminator Genisys

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the role that made him a superstar over 30 years ago in this fifth installment in the “Terminator” franchise. It’s amusing at first, but “Terminator Genisys” turns unfortunately jokey and self-referential, to the point that it borders on parody. Ah-nuld finally has become McBain. My two-star RogerEbert.com review. Read the review […]

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 […]