If you’re a fan of Aaron Sorkin’s particular brand of impossibly intelligent characters exchanging rat-a-tat dialogue, you’ll be in heaven here. The hose is on full blast for two-plus hours. Nothing and no one seems to be holding the longtime screenwriter back in his directorial debut, for better and for worse. But Jessica Chastain handles […]
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 […]
As a (wannabe) figure skater, I was already predisposed to liking “I, Tonya.” But I was blown away by how surprisingly powerful and poignant it was. It’s “GoodFellas” on ice: darkly comic and often just plain dark, but always breathtakingly alive. Margot Robbie is heartbreaking as the disgraced skater and Allison Janney just tears it up […]
“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” only looks like a tasteful and refined period drama. It’s actually sexy as hell, tackling some daring themes and aiming to shake you up. And its stars — Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote — have crazy chemistry with each other. Please enjoy my RogerEbert.com review. Read the […]
So I’m doing something new that may go somewhere and may go nowhere, but it’s an idea I’ve been thinking about for a while and finally got a chance to try. I’ve wanted to do a series of reviews in which I sit down with a friend over a glass of wine, talk about a […]
Matt and I play catch-up with this feel-good football flick, based on the true story of the powerhouse team at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif.
Jon Hamm stars in this feel-good Disney sports comedy about the effort to take two young men from India and turn them into major-league pitchers in the United States. It’s pretty dull and by-the-numbers until it turns schmaltzy.
Nazis and puberty and a creepy doll factory, all wrapped up in one story: The prospect of such anxiety sounds like it would be almost be too much to bear. But “The German Doctor” treats its depiction of “Angel of Death” Josef Mengele’s years of hiding in Patagonia with artful restraint. My RogerEbert.com review. Read […]
Tom Hanks gives a powerful performance in the tense and bloody “Captain Phillips,” based on the true story of Somali pirates who invaded an American cargo ship in 2009. Ben and Alonso liked this movie better than I did on What the Flick?!