Room

A24 Films Rated R for language. Running time: 118 minutes. Four stars out of four. This is one of those situations in which mere words seem insufficient in describing a film’s profoundly moving power. I can tell you this much, plainly and without shame: I sobbed throughout “Room,” about a mother and her 5-year-old son […]

Whiplash

Sony Pictures Classics Rated R for strong language including some sexual references. Running time: 106 minutes. Three stars out of four. “Whiplash” puts us in the deliciously uncomfortable position of rooting for the shared success of two characters who are unlikable individually and toxic together. It’s one of the most disturbing entertaining movies I’ve seen […]

RogerEbert.com — The Fault in Our Stars

I will happily admit to having tears streaming down my face as I read John Green’s juggernaut best seller “The Fault in Our Stars.” But the awkward film version felt emotionally inert, despite the lovely, accessible presence of Shailene Woodley. The tween and teen girls are angry about my RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

Five Most — First Love Movies

“The Spectacular Now” is a beautiful, subtle and authentic film about two teenagers who wouldn’t seem to belong together; not only do they fall for each other, they actually make each other better. For the most part. Miles Teller as the senior-class party boy and Shailene Woodley as his studious and secure opposite have an […]