Revisiting Syriana

People often ask me if, after all these years of covering entertainment, there’s a celebrity I was especially nervous to interview. It wasn’t a superstar like Chris Evans or Penelope Cruz. It wasn’t an influential filmmaker like Clint Eastwood or Noah Baumbach. (Although I will say that Tommy Lee Jones was indeed a tough nut […]

RogerEbert.com — Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Supposedly, the maze running is over. We’re out of the Glade and the Scorch, and we’ve escaped the flailing, gnashing zombies. The third and final installment in this particular dystopian Young Adult franchise is now complete. While its action sequences are strong — as was also the case in director Wes Ball’s previous two “Maze […]

Wine the Flick?! — The Commuter

Liam Neeson brings his very particular set of skills to yet another January action movie. You can set your watch by them, they’re so reliable. And that’s true once again with “The Commuter,” which is essentially “Taken” on a train. It’s a lot of fun for a while, and then it just turns plain silly. […]

RogerEbert.com — Dark Meridian

Welcome to the cinematic dumping ground that is January. My first review of 2018 is of the utterly forgettable crime thriller “Dark Meridian,” a title that says nothing at all. It could be a high-octane action flick about extreme sports enthusiasts. It could be a supernatural thriller about hopeful fools who dare to connect with the […]

Wine the Flick?! — All the Money in the World

My dear friend and What the Flick?! co-host Matt Atchity steps out from behind the camera to join me for a drink and discussion of “All the Money in the World.” Ridley Scott famously did last-minute reshoots of several scenes, replacing Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer — his first choice to play billionaire John Paul Getty […]

RogerEbert.com — It

Dear lord, is this movie scary — especially if you have a fear of clowns, which is totally understandable, because they’re creepy. But the latest adaptation of the iconic Stephen King novel is just as effective as a coming-of-age drama, with strong performances from a well-chosen cast of young actors. See it … if you […]

RogerEbert.com — Wind River

If you liked “Sicario” and “Hell or High Water,” please seek out “Wind River.” Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan also directs this time, telling the story of a murder mystery at a Wyoming Indian reservation. It’s gripping and chilling, with a rich sense of place and strong performances from Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as the investigators […]

RogerEbert.com — Berlin Syndrome

“Berlin Syndrome” will make you question any wanderlust-inspired notions you may have of traveling alone to a foreign country on a quest for self-discovery. Australian director Cate Shortland creates a dreamlike sense of place within a nightmare scenario with this taut and strongly acted thriller. And Teresa Palmer works wonders in what is often a […]

RogerEbert.com — Unforgettable

“Unforgettable” is what my mom would have called “good trash.” Like Sidney Sheldon novels. Its stars — Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl — know exactly what kind of movie they’re in, and they’re reveling in it. This sexual thriller isn’t exactly good, but I had a good time watching it. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the […]

RogerEbert.com — Raw

It’s French cannibalism as feminist manifesto, and it’s one of the year’s most daringly alive films. The debut feature from brilliant writer-director Julia Ducournau is a celebration of female power—of realizing who you are, what you want and how to go after it, albeit with brutally bloody results. My rave, at RogerEbert.com. Read the review […]