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Not sure what to watch? Search through several hundred of Richard Roeper’s movie and TV reviews, and read the latest edition of “One-Minute Movie Critic.”

Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper records “Roeper Rundown” videos in the Sun-Times studio Thursday, February 14, 2019.
Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper
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Need some guidance on what to buy, rent, stream or see at the theater? Search here for links to many of the reviews by Richard Roeper, the Sun-Times’ movie columnist since 2013 — and a contributor since 1987. Or for current releases, scroll down for the One Minute Movie Critic, with short reviews and star ratings for new movies you can see now.

Chicago Sun-Times Movie and Streaming Reviews

Movie Title Review Link Review Date
Movie Title Review Link Review Date
Live at Mister Kelly's ‘Live at Mister Kelly’s’ recalls Chicago club where talent thrived, regardless of color 9/17/2021
The Premise ‘The Premise’: B.J. Novak drops five tall stories, and they don’t all land 9/16/2021
Chicago Party Aunt ‘Chicago Party Aunt’: Netflix sitcom’s a deep-dish delight, even while tapping every local cliche 9/15/2021
Cry Macho ‘Cry Macho’: Clint Eastwood hits the road in one of his lesser efforts 9/15/2021
Prisoners of the Ghostland ‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’: A dark future when dialogue is wacky and Nicolas Cage could blow up anytime 9/14/2021
Queenpins ‘Queenpins’: Movies coupon con artists lack redeeming qualities 9/10/2021
Scenes From a Marriage ‘Scenes From a Marriage’: Even when tense, HBO remake always watchable 9/10/2021
American Rust ‘American Rust’: It gets very hard to stay with Showtime’s meandering steel-town drama 9/10/2021
Kate ‘Kate’: Winstead slays in the year’s third over-the-top female assassin movie 9/9/2021
The Voyeurs ‘The Voyeurs’: Neighbors who are spying in a plot no one’s buying 9/9/2021
Small Engine Repair ‘Small Engine Repair’: Sparks fly in a provocative drama not easily forgotten 9/8/2021
The Card Counter ‘The Card Counter’: In one of the year’s best films, Oscar Isaac plays a gambler who knows when to walk away 9/8/2021
Impeachment: American Crime Story ‘Impeachment’: FX series turns Clinton-Lewinsky scandal into addictive entertainment 9/3/2021
Worth ‘Worth’: Michael Keaton impressive as a lawyer with an impossible task post-9/11 9/2/2021
Karen Now there’s a ‘Karen’ movie, and it’s a terrible film about a terrible person 9/2/2021
The Gateway ‘The Gateway’: Two-fisted social worker takes on abusive husband in stylish B-movie 9/1/2021
Cinderella ‘Cinderella’: Upbeat take on the fairy tale transforms Camila Cabelo into a movie star 9/1/2021
How to Be a Cowboy ‘How to Be a Cowboy’: On ranch reality show, mending fences means mending real fences 8/31/2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ‘Shang-Chi’: Marvel offers beauty, humor and cool combat as a villain’s son fights his way to heroism 8/31/2021
Only Murders in the Building ‘Only Murders in the Building’ stars an unlikely but appealing true-crime trio 8/30/2021
He's All That ‘He’s All That’: Right about now, the teen makeover tale is being retold with a gender swap and a TikTok star 8/27/2021
No Man of God ‘No Man of God’: How a young FBI man got Ted Bundy to open up 8/27/2021
Candyman (2021) ‘Candyman’: New ‘spiritual sequel’ has striking images to show and bold things to say 8/25/2021
Clickbait ‘Clickbait’: You won’t BELIEVE what happens in Netflix mystery (because it’s ridiculous) 8/23/2021
Together ‘Together’: One couple’s fierce showdown in lockdown 8/23/2021
Sweet Girl ‘Sweet Girl’: Big Pharma thriller may cause disgust and disbelief 8/20/2021
Gossip ‘Gossip’: Most of the juicy dirt in Showtime series comes from a single source 8/20/2021
NYC Epicenters 9/11 ➔ 2021 ½ ‘NYC Epicenters’: Spike Lee shares his New York state of mind 8/19/2021
The Protégé ‘The Protégé’: Routine assassin story replays the same old hits 8/19/2021
Flag Day ‘Flag Day’: Sean Penn, daughter Dylan mesmerize as father and child at odds 8/18/2021
Reminiscence ‘Reminiscence’: Too bad Hugh Jackman’s sci-fi noir about a memory machine is so forgettable 8/18/2021
Nine Perfect Strangers ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’: Likable stars bicker in a sort of New Age ‘Fantasy Island’ 8/17/2021
Candyman (1992) Original ‘Candyman’ held a mirror up to a divided Chicago 8/17/2021
Magnificent Coloring World ‘Magnificent Coloring World’: Chance the Rapper’s concert film captivating and so, so cool 8/12/2021
Sparkling: The Story of Champagne ‘The Story of Champagne’ a bubbly trek through the sparkling wine’s history 8/11/2021
Free Guy ‘Free Guy’: Ryan Reynolds at top skill level in clever video game comedy 8/11/2021
Beckett ‘Beckett’: Ludicrous Netflix chase thriller keeps running off courset-review-netflix-movie-john-david-washington-alicia-vikander-greece 8/11/2021
Coda ‘Coda’: The conflict is unique, but the dynamic is universal in smart teen drama 8/10/2021
What If ...? ‘What If...?’ has some fun imagining a parallel Marvel universe 8/10/2021
Respect ‘Respect’: Playing Queen of Soul, Jennifer Hudson worthy of the throne 8/9/2021
Untold Netflix series ‘Untold’ takes behind-the-scenes look at stories of struggle — and ultimately redemption 8/7/2021
Nine Days Who will save your soul? The decider in the haunting film ‘Nine Days’ 8/6/2021
Vivo ‘Vivo’: Fun musical’s hero looks like a lemur and sounds like Lin-Manuel Miranda 8/5/2021
Annette ‘Annette’: Most of the weirdness works in bold, fever-dream musical 8/5/2021
The Suicide Squad A second crack at 'Suicide Squad' surpasses the original 8/4/2021
Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami ‘Cocaine Cowboys’: A true-crime series so great, it’s addictive 8/3/2021
Pray Away ‘Pray Away’: A powerful look at people trying therapy to be ‘ex-gay’ 8/2/2021
The Pursuit of Love ‘The Pursuit of Love’: A tamer, more subtle ‘Bridgerton’ substitute is better than none 7/30/2021
Masquerade ‘Masquerade’: If you’re waiting for a great Bella Thorne movie, keep waiting 7/30/2021
Ride the Eagle ‘Ride the Eagle’ finds the humor in people being apart 7/29/2021
The Green Knight ‘The Green Knight’: Dev Patel gets medieval in a dazzling, dizzying fever dream 7/28/2021
Stillwater ‘Stillwater’: Matt Damon excels as a stoic Oklahoma dad on a mission in Marseilles 7/28/2021
Jungle Cruise ‘Jungle Cruise’ an empty Amazon package 7/28/2021
For Madmen Only ‘For Madmen Only’: Like the man himself, doc on improv guru Del Close offers little that’s conventional 7/27/2021
Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away PBS doc traces how Chicago changed Buddy Guy, and how Buddy Guy changed the world 7/26/2021
Settlers ‘Settlers’ doesn’t go beyond the surface of Mars 7/23/2021
Snake Eyes ‘Snake Eyes’: Bombastic ‘G.I. Joe’ reboot a losing bet 7/22/2021
Old ‘Old’: A beach speeds up aging in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest letdown 7/22/2021
Bo Burnham: Inside ‘Bo Burnham: Inside’: A comedian’s triumph in a small space comes to the big screen 7/21/2021
Ted Lasso: Season 2 ‘Ted Lasso’: In Season 2, team ties a lot, but peppy coach keeps up his winning ways 7/21/2021
Woodstock 99 ‘Woodstock 99’: HBO doc recalls would-be peace fest that degenerated into vandalism and violence 7/21/2021
Joe Bell ‘Joe Bell’ lacks the impact of the real-life story it tells 7/20/2021
Val Val Kilmer opens up about his missteps and struggles in a fascinating documentary 7/20/2021
Schmigadoon! ‘Schmigadoon!’: Charm is bustin’ out all over in Apple TV+’s funny musical theater parody 7/16/2021
Roadrunner ‘Roadrunner’: A profound look at the life Anthony Bourdain savored, and then ended 7/15/2021
Heist ‘Heist’: Netflix has fun with 3 strange but true robberies 7/14/2021
Space Jam: A New Legacy ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’: Please, make the rapping Porky and clapping Pennywise stop 7/14/2021
Pig ‘Pig’: Nicolas Cage skips the hamminess in an elegant story of pain and purpose 7/14/2021
Fin ‘Fin’: The sharks should be scared of us, an insightful documentary explains 7/13/2021
Catch and Kill ‘Catch and Kill’: How Ronan Farrow uncovered the secret life of Harvey Weinstein 7/12/2021
The White Lotus ‘The White Lotus’: Resort guests check in but aren’t worth checking out 7/8/2021
Black Widow ‘Black Widow’: Not much originality in Scarlett Johansson’s Marvel origin story 7/7/2021
Monsters at Work ‘Monsters at Work’: What happens when the Pixar beasts don’t scare anymore 7/6/2021
The One and Only Dick Gregory ‘The One and Only Dick Gregory’ an eye-opening portrait of groundbreaking comedian, activist 7/2/2021
The Tomorrow War ‘Tomorrow War’ little more than standard-issue action fare 7/1/2021
The Forever Purge Never-ending murders abound in saga-ending ‘Forever Purge’ 6/30/2021
Zola A stripper and a sex worker share darkly funny road trip in social media-fueled ‘Zola’ 6/29/2021
Summer of Soul ‘Summer of Soul’ is a treasure trove of iconic performances in a festival that history forgot 6/29/2021
No Sudden Move ‘No Sudden Move’ a clever neo-noir triumph for Soderbergh, powerhouse cast 6/28/2021
All Things Bakelite Who invented plastic? New documentary shines spotlight on the genius we hardly know 6/27/2021
The Ice Road ‘The Ice Road’: Will trucker Liam Neeson crack before the frozen lake does? 6/25/2021
False Positive ‘False Positive’: Pregnancy is fertile ground for scary-movie thrills on Hulu 6/24/2021
Who Are You, Charlie Brown? ‘Who Are You, Charlie Brown?’ is a warm tribute to the blockhead and the man who made him 6/24/2021
Sex/Life ‘Sex/Life’ a Netflix guilty pleasure with a high hottie count 6/24/2021
Lansky ‘Lansky’ fails to capitalize on its chief asset: Meyer Lansky 6/23/2021
Epstein's Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell ‘Epstein’s Shadow’: How the well-off Ghislaine Maxwell became crony to a criminal 6/22/2021
F9: The Fast Saga ‘F9’: Fast, furious and the wrong kind of ridiculous 6/22/2021
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: special ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ returns with an update and a flashback 6/21/2021
The Birthday Cake ‘The Birthday Cake’: No matter how you slice it, star-studded mob film still seems undercooked 6/18/2021
Physical ‘Physical’: ’80s aerobics buff dislikes herself for the wrong reasons 6/18/2021
The Sparks Brothers ‘The Sparks Brothers’: All about the art-pop duo that’s enigmatic, influential and sort of famous 6/17/2021
Fatherhood ‘Fatherhood’: Kevin Hart keeps it real (but funny) as a daunted single dad 6/17/2021
Luca ‘Luca’: Pixar’s underwater fantasy shimmers with gorgeous visuals, sweet story 6/16/2021
Penguin Town ‘Penguin Town’: Adorable birds go where the humans are in a frothy Netflix docuseries 6/16/2021
The Misfits ‘The Misfits’: Pierce Brosnan leads a preposterous heist but looks good doing it 6/11/2021
Kevin Can F--- Himself ‘Kevin Can F- - - Himself’: A despairing sitcom wife steps off camera, where life isn’t so funny 6/11/2021
Infinite ‘Infinite’: In Mark Wahlberg’s reincarnation thriller, a lot of action you’ve lived through before 6/10/2021
Blindspotting ‘Blindspotting’ an insightful Starz series worth a look, and a listen 6/10/2021
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard ‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ way off target 6/10/2021
Loki ‘Loki’: It’s another win for Marvel as Tom Hiddleston makes fresh mischief on Disney+ 6/9/2021
In the Heights ‘In the Heights’: Entertaining and eye-popping, the Broadway hit lands with a splash on the big screen 6/8/2021
The Kings ‘The Kings’ takes us back to a time when Leonard, Duran, Hagler and Hearns ruled the world 6/5/2021
Lisey's Story ‘Lisey’s Story’: Stephen King series brings out all the emotions in brilliant star Julianne Moore 6/4/2021
Chasing Wonders ‘Chasing Wonders’: A mad dad takes some of the joy out of well-acted family drama 6/4/2021
Monuments ‘Monuments’: Weirdos, wit and love after death on the way to Chicago 6/3/2021
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’: Stay the hell away 6/3/2021
Spirit Untamed ‘Spirit Untamed’ a heartfelt tween adventure on horseback 6/2/2021
Changing the Game ‘Changing the Game’ gracefully examines the dilemma of young transgender athletes 5/31/2021
Cruella Eye-popping ‘Cruella’ dazzles with spectacular outfits and offbeat origin story 5/26/2021
Friends: The Reunion ‘Friends’ reunion a pleasant nostalgia trip with some unfortunate pivots 5/26/2021
A Quiet Place Part II ‘A Quiet Place Part II’: Spine-tingling sequel brings more terror of the strong, silent type 5/24/2021
Solos ‘Solos’: 7 stories of seclusion, most of them pretty great 5/21/2021
Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. ‘Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.’: The funny frustration of a supervillain in a tailspin 5/20/2021
1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything ‘1971’ does some powerful mixing of the year’s events and the year’s songs 5/20/2021
Dream Horse Lovable ‘Dream Horse’ runs a solid but familiar track 5/19/2021
Final Account ‘Final Account’: Germans reminisce — some mournfully, some proudly — about their Nazi past 5/19/2021
Georgetown ‘Georgetown’: Stylish directing debut from Christoph Waltz, starring as a charmer not to be believed 5/17/2021
Spiral: From the Book of Saw ‘Spiral’: Even with Chris Rock, it’s the same old ‘Saw’ 5/13/2021
The Woman in the Window ‘The Woman in the Window’ won’t keep the viewer on the couch 5/13/2021
Profile ‘Profile’: Unfolding entirely on screens, terrorism thriller loses its connection 5/12/2021
Those Who Wish Me Dead ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’: Angelina Jolie takes on killers, fire and lightning in one of the best thrillers of our time 5/12/2021
Hacks ‘Hacks’: Jean Smart slays as a comedian with echoes of Joan Rivers 5/11/2021
Army of the Dead ‘Army of the Dead’: Zombie fans hit the jackpot in Zack Snyder’s blood-soaked heist film 5/11/2021
Monster ‘Monster’: Good kid goes on trial in provocative Netflix crime film 5/7/2021
The Water Man ‘The Water Man’: Family-friendly monster movie will delight kids, move adults 5/6/2021
That Damn Michael Che ‘That Damn Michael Che’ makes you laugh a lot, squirm a little 5/6/2021
Wrath of Man ‘Wrath of Man’: Bullets fly every which way in Jason Statham thriller, and so does the plot 5/6/2021
The Sons of Sam ‘The Sons of Sam’ rethinks Berkowitz murders, and a journalist obsessed with them 5/5/2021
Here Today ‘Here Today’: Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish achieve a friendly, funny chemistry 5/5/2021
Percy vs. Goliath ‘Percy vs. Goliath’: Christopher Walken keeps it down to earth as a farmer battling a conglomerate 4/30/2021
The Story of Late Night ‘The Story of Late Night’: CNN smartly recaps seven decades of TV after dark 4/30/2021
Tom Clancy's Without Remorse ‘Without Remorse’: A Tom Clancy movie starring Michael B. Jordan can’t go wrong, but it does 4/29/2021
The Mosquito Coast ‘The Mosquito Coast’ has a pest problem, and it’s the lead character 4/29/2021
Eat Wheaties! ‘Eat Wheaties!’: Tony Hale tickles as another awkward weirdo 4/28/2021
Things Heard and Seen ‘Things Heard & Seen’: Overwrought horror starring an overqualified cast 4/28/2021
Four Good Days ‘Four Good Days’: Mila Kunis reaches new heights as a drug addict at her lowest 4/27/2021
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street ‘Street Gang’: How ‘Sesame Street’ team created a kids’ show not like the others 4/23/2021
Stowaway ‘Stowaway’: Tension builds nicely as unplanned crewmate puts Mars mission in peril 4/22/2021
Mortal Kombat ‘Mortal Kombat’: Brutal fights look almost as painful as the dialogue 4/22/2021
Secrets of the Whales ‘Secrets of the Whales’: Amazing footage shows not just how the sea mammals look, but how they live 4/21/2021
Rutherford Falls ‘Rutherford Falls’: Ed Helms blends into another great TV ensemble 4/20/2021
Together Together ‘Together Together’: Likable Patti Harrison breaks through as a true movie star 4/20/2021
Sasquatch ‘Sasquatch’: Nosy man doesn’t find Bigfoot, but other beasts turn up 4/19/2021
Mare of Easttown ‘Mare of Easttown’: Kate Winslet plays a troubled detective with authority, authenticity 4/16/2021
American Oz ‘American Oz’: A superb PBS portrait of L. Frank Baum and the dreams that he dared to dream 4/16/2021
Vanquish ‘Vanquish’: They shoot, they chase, they shoot some more in rote crime movie 4/15/2021
Monday ‘Monday’: Impulsive couple needs to get a room — far away from here 4/15/2021
Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! ‘Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!’: Jamie Foxx squanders his talent on hackneyed Netflix sitcom 4/14/2021
Wahl Street ‘Wahl Street’: A movie star’s empire seems unstoppable — and then pandemic hits 4/14/2021
Thunder Force ‘Thunder Force’: Superpowers turn two likable actors into an anemic duo 4/9/2021
The Nevers ‘The Nevers’: On HBO’s ambitious fantasy series, women’s supernatural gifts just keep on giving 4/8/2021
Voyagers ‘Voyagers’: High-concept spaceship adventure sputters mid-flight 4/7/2021
Chad ‘Chad’: An ‘SNL’ alum plays teenage boy at his awkward, impolite stage 4/6/2021
Exterminate All the Brutes ‘Exterminate All the Brutes’ jumbles old and new, fact and fiction to condemn Western colonizers 4/6/2021
This Is a Robbery ‘This Is a Robbery’: Huge art heist gets the dazzling Netflix true-crime treatment 4/6/2021
Hemingway ‘Hemingway’: A must-watch PBS documentary for those who admire him and those who will 4/2/2021
Concrete Cowboy Concrete Cowboy’: A teen, his dad and their horses, trotting the streets of Philadelphia 4/1/2021
The Serpent ‘The Serpent’: For suave monster, the world is his killing ground 4/1/2021
French Exit ‘French Exit’: Brilliant Michelle Pfeiffer, in Paris and surrounded by upper-class twits 3/31/2021
Moment of Truth ‘Moment of Truth’ asks: Did the right man take the rap for killing Michael Jordan’s father? 3/31/2021
The Last Cruise ‘The Last Cruise’ takes you along on a real-life outbreak at sea 3/29/2021
Godzilla vs. Kong ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’: As big screens reopen, two big beasts go mindlessly into battle 3/29/2021
Tina Tina Turner makes your pulse react once more in HBO documentary 3/25/2021
Senior Moment ‘Senior Moment’: William Shatner, charming at 90, still can’t save thin rom-com romp 3/25/2021
The Vault ‘The Vault’ houses a heist that’s preposterous but rich with personality 3/24/2021
Nobody ‘Nobody’: Bob Odenkirk comes on strong as an angry dad at war with the mob 3/24/2021
John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise ‘John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise’: The killer speaks in the definitive history of a Chicago horror 3/23/2021
Happily ‘Happily’ a black comedy that starts with sizzle and ends with a shrug 3/19/2021
Genius: Aretha ‘Genius: Aretha’: A respectable bio with music as its heart and Cynthia Erivo as its soul 3/19/2021
The Courier ‘The Courier’: Benedict Cumberbatch plays it cool as spy who helped prevent WWIII 3/18/2021
City of Lies ‘City of Lies’: Johnny Depp the real deal as a cop obsessed with justice for Tupac and Biggie 3/18/2021
Zach Snyder's Justice League ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’: Superhero team-up was more fun the first time 3/17/2021
kid 90 ‘Kid 90’: A former child star revisits her crazy teen years, with video to back it up 3/12/2021
Cosmic Sin ‘Cosmic Sin’: Bruce Willis barely wakes up for absurd intergalactic thriller 3/12/2021
Operation Varsity Blues Engrossing ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ doc takes a deep dive into the college admissions scandal 3/12/2021
Come True ‘Come True’ an eerie, original take on horror fueled by nightmares 3/11/2021
Long Weekend ‘Long Weekend’: Bart’s feelings for his new friend are real — but is she? 3/11/2021
The One ‘The One’: Your DNA does the matchmaking on Netflix’s frustrating sci-fi series 3/11/2021
The Father ‘The Father’: Anthony Hopkins at the peak of his powers as a man losing grip on reality 3/10/2021
My Salinger Year ‘My Salinger Year’: Literary newbie’s memories of the author are the kind of wry worth catching 3/5/2021
Coming 2 America ‘Coming 2 America’: Laughs galore as Eddie Murphy reunites the Akeem team, adds some all-stars 3/4/2021
Boogie ‘Boogie’: In its portrayal of basketball, culture-clash drama fouls out 3/4/2021
Chaos Walking ‘Chaos Walking’: When everyone’s thoughts can be heard by everyone, it’s a pain in the ears 3/3/2021
Boss Level ‘Boss Level’: Time to wake up to Frank Grillo’s star power 3/3/2021
Moxie ‘Moxie’: Sweet high school movie follows teen’s conversion from nobody to rebellious zine girl 3/2/2021
Murder Among the Mormons ‘Murder Among the Mormons’: Series smartly recalls when a forgery scandal turned fatal 3/2/2021
Raya and the Last Dragon ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’: Like animated Avengers, new Disney heroes save the world with color and laughs 3/2/2021
My Zoe ‘My Zoe’: Will secret cloning plan end well? Because the movie sure doesn’t 2/25/2021
Cherry ‘Cherry’: Marvel directors, star tell a powerful real-life story of love and addiction 2/25/2021
Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry ‘Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry’: Inside the singer’s dual lives as busy pop star and moody teen 2/25/2021
Crisis ‘Crisis’: Multilayered drug thriller overdoses on big moments 2/24/2021
The United States v. Billie Holiday ‘U.S. v. Billie Holiday’: Playing the star as both gifted singer and tragic figure, Andra Day up to the challenge 2/23/2021
Superman & Lois ‘Superman & Lois’: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s ... a soap opera? 2/22/2021
The Violent Heart ‘The Violent Heart’ breaks as thinly drawn characters make ridiculous moves 2/19/2021
Allen v. Farrow ‘Allen v. Farrow’ recalls the scandals with new comments, old phone calls 2/19/2021
Silk Road ‘Silk Road’: As one driven man aids online crime, another tries to stop him 2/18/2021
Body Brokers ‘Body Brokers’: It’s easy to get hooked on crime drama exposing a lucrative rehab racket 2/18/2021
I Care a Lot ‘I Care a Lot’: Twisted predators swindle the seniors in an entertaining, darkly funny thriller 2/17/2021
Amend ‘Amend’: Will Smith spotlights U.S. heroes, villains in the long fight for equality 2/16/2021
Young Rock ‘Young Rock’: Clever sitcom flashes back to Dwayne Johnson’s adventures as a kid and a teen 2/15/2021
Kenan ‘Young Rock’: Clever sitcom flashes back to Dwayne Johnson’s adventures as a kid and a teen 2/15/2021
Minari ‘Minari’: Immigrants try to make sense of their new home, and their family, in a witty and wise period piece 2/12/2021
The World to Come ‘The World to Come’: Farmer’s wives fall into a glorious but dangerous romance 2/11/2021
The Mauritanian ‘The Mauritanian’: How a Guantanamo prisoner, abused for 15 years, struggled to hold on to hope 2/11/2021
Nomadland ‘Nomadland’: Settle in for an instant masterpiece about the vagabond’s life on the road 2/10/2021
Land ‘Land’: Robin Wright knows what she’s doing depicting a woman who doesn’t 2/10/2021
Music ‘Music’: Sia’s awful movie portrays autism with grating, candy-colored musical numbers 2/10/2021
Clarice ‘Clarice’: Grisly ‘Lambs’ spinoff series comes in like a lion 2/9/2021
Son of the South ‘Son of the South’: A true civil rights story worth telling, however quaintly 2/5/2021
Judas and the Black Messiah ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ a powerful flashback to when a rat took down a Panther 2/5/2021
Framing Britney Spears ‘Framing Britney Spears’ recalls toxic treatment of the pop star at her highest and her lowest 2/4/2021
Life in a Day 2020 ‘Life in a Day 2020’: A lot can happen worldwide in 24 hours 2/4/2021
More Than Miyagi ‘More Than Miyagi’ waxes poetic about Pat Morita’s charms and struggles 2/4/2021
Falling ‘Falling’: A vexing issue detracts from Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut 2/3/2021
Bliss ‘Bliss’: From one reality to the other, trippy mind-bender keeps us guessing 2/3/2021
Firefly Lane ‘Firefly Lane’: Flashback gimmicks mar Netflix’s well-acted saga of friendship that lasts 2/2/2021
100 Days to Live ‘100 Days to Live’: Chicagoans go mysteriously missing in director’s impressive debut 2/1/2021
Malcolm & Marie ‘Malcolm & Marie’: Two smart, beautiful people have an argument for the ages 1/29/2021
The Dig ‘The Dig’ uncovers some dirt about the archaeological crowd, but keeps it classy 1/28/2021
Palmer ‘Palmer’: Justin Timberlake really steps up as a felon turned father figure 1/28/2021
Supernova ‘Supernova’: A moving love story of longtime partners facing a challenging future 1/28/2021
The Night ‘The Night’: A hotel horror story to recommend with few reservations 1/27/2021
The Little Things ‘The Little Things’: Denzel Washington leads killer cast of a moody L.A. murder mystery 1/27/2021
Penguin Bloom ‘Penguin Bloom’: A charismatic magpie earns its wings 1/26/2021
No Man's Land ‘No Man’s Land’: Border action films fail in different ways 1/22/2021
The Marksman ‘The Marksman’: Border action films fail in different ways 1/22/2021
Our Friend ‘Our Friend’: A man, his dying wife and their invaluable pal, all played by actors we believe 1/21/2021
Flack ‘Flack’ proves there is such a thing as bad publicity TV 1/21/2021
Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself ‘In & of Itself’: Derek DelGaudio’s magical feats open up your mind — and your tear ducts 1/20/2021
The White Tiger ‘The White Tiger’: Another ‘nobody’ dreams big in India, and he’s the kind of slumdog who bites 1/20/2021
Stallone: Frank, That Is ‘Stallone: Frank, That Is’: Doc argues Sylvester’s musical brother should have been a contender 1/19/2021
Some Kind of Heaven ‘Some Kind of Heaven’: Inside a senior mecca that cultivates bliss but can’t keep out reality 1/18/2021
Wandavision ‘Wandavision’: They beat Thanos, but can ‘Avengers’ duo handle a wacky neighbor? 1/15/2021
One Night in Miami ‘One Night in Miami’: Some thrilling sparring between Cassius Clay and other heavyweights of history 1/14/2021
Rock Camp: The Movie ‘Rock Camp’: Breezy documentary watches music fans pay to play with their idols 1/14/2021
Promising Young Woman ‘Promising Young Woman’: No means no mercy by the anti-heroine punishing predators 1/13/2021
News of the World ‘News of the World’: Tom Hanks, tween team up in a Western big enough for the both of them 1/12/2021
The Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer Netflix’s ‘Night Stalker’ pays respect to the lives a killer took 1/9/2021
Tiger HBO documentary aims to be the definitive Tiger Woods bio film and aces it 1/8/2021
Fatale ‘Fatale’: Sexy, savage stalker women are seldom this dull 1/7/2021
Pieces of a Woman ‘Pieces of a Woman’: Heart-stopping beginning leads to an unforgettable character study 1/6/2021
The History of Swear Words ‘History of Swear Words’: Netflix doc filthy rich with insight about obscenities 1/4/2021
Shadow in the Cloud ‘Shadow in the Cloud’: Flight officer fights off boors and beasties in a wonderfully bonkers B-movie 12/31/2020
Cobra Kai ‘Cobra Kai’: Johnny’s complex now, and ain’t that a kick in the head 12/30/2020
We Can Be Heroes ‘We Can Be Heroes’ lets the plucky children lead the way 12/25/2020
Bridgerton ‘Bridgerton’: Netflix series as scandalous as ‘Scandal,’ as delicious as ‘Downton Abbey’ 12/24/2020
Soul ‘Soul’: Pixar takes a bold, beautiful voyage to the afterlife, and the before-life 12/23/2020
The Midnight Sky ‘The Midnight Sky’: A few of the universe’s remaining humans face challenges in one of 2020’s best films 12/21/2020
Sylvie's Love ‘Sylvie’s Love’: In beautiful 1950s Harlem, a rocky road to romance 12/21/2020
Sister of the Groom ‘Sister of the Groom’: There’s no one to like in this movie about love 12/17/2020
Greenland ‘Greenland’: Comet threatens Earth in disaster movie that’s more than just chaos 12/16/2020
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’: Chadwick Boseman’s last and best work in a perfectly constructed period piece 12/15/2020
Wonder Woman ‘Wonder Woman 1984’: The Amazon and the era a totally rad combination 12/15/2020
Audrey Audrey Hepburn documentary reminds us how the actress became beloved worldwide 12/14/2020
Another Round ‘Another Round’: Four men experiment with teaching while intoxicated 12/13/2020
The Wilds Hear the call of ‘The Wilds,’ a deeply involving soap about teen girls on their own 12/11/2020
The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee After a while, ‘Crocodile’ star just seems sad in comeback film 12/11/2020
I'm Your Woman ‘I’m Your Woman’: Rachel Brosnahan stuns as another marvelous Mrs. — an endangered mom on the run 12/10/2020
Songbird ‘Songbird’: Latest consequence of COVID-19 is a brainless sci-fi thriller 12/10/2020
The Prom ‘The Prom’ preaches tolerance with showtunes and Broadway razzle-dazzle 12/9/2020
Wild Mountain Thyme ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’: An eccentric Irish love story from deep in County Quirk 12/9/2020
Let Them All Talk ‘Let Them All Talk’: Cruise ship the ideal vessel for Soderbergh’s observational wit 12/8/2020
Elyse ‘Elyse’: Anthony Hopkins lends his grace to wife’s awful movie 12/4/2020
Your Honor ‘Your Honor’: Bryan Cranston’s acting is laudable on a series sometimes laughable 12/4/2020
Love, Weddings & Other Disasters ‘Love, Weddings and Other Disasters’: Leave this one at the altar 12/3/2020
Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone With ‘The Godfather, Coda,’ Coppola revises ‘Part III’ for the better 12/3/2020
Wander ‘Wander’: Aaron Eckhart makes a great conspiracy theorist, and he isn’t acting alone 12/2/2020
Black Bear ‘Black Bear’: Who’s afraid of the twisty stuff? 12/2/2020
Dear Santa ‘Dear Santa’: You better watch this feel-good doc on volunteers helping deliver the presents 12/2/2020
Superintelligence ‘Superintelligence’: Melissa McCarthy comedy asks very little of the brain 11/26/2020
Mosul ‘Mosul’: Intense Netflix war film is one of the year’s best 11/25/2020
Black Beauty ‘Black Beauty’ update an uplifting animal story with a beautiful message 11/25/2020
The Flight Attendant ‘The Flight Attendant’: As a party girl facing unexpected turbulence, Kaley Cuoco goes above and beyond 11/25/2020
Uncle Frank ‘Uncle Frank’: Homecomings seldom happy for closeted professor 11/24/2020
Happiest Season ‘Happiest Season’: A gay holiday rom-com can be just as flimsy as the straight ones 11/24/2020
Buddy Games ‘Buddy Games’: When obnoxious bros compete, we’re all the losers 11/23/2020
Black Narcissus ‘Black Narcissus’: Himalayas consume the newly arrived nuns in a striking FX miniseries 11/21/2020
Dolly Parton's Christmas in the Square ‘Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square’: The singer’s positively angelic in cozy Netflix musical 11/20/2020
Run ‘Run’ gets its dubious drama from the mama 11/18/2020
Small Axe: Mangrove ‘Small Axe: Mangrove’: Compelling film spotlights a riot trial the whole world should have been watching 11/18/2020
Dusty Groove ‘Dusty Groove’ film sifts through the emotions of giving up your vinyl 11/17/2020
Big Sky Watching ‘Big Sky’ is totally addictive — and totally free 11/16/2020
Mank ‘Mank’: The entertaining life of the ‘Citizen Kane’ writer, all there in black and white 11/13/2020
Ammonite ‘Ammonite’: Newcomer chips away at a fossil hunter’s stony exterior 11/12/2020
Fatman ‘Fatman’: Who’s got a hitman on his tail? Must be Santa, as played by Mel Gibson 11/12/2020
Jingle Jangle ‘Jingle Jangle’: Oh what fun it is to revel in a rousing holiday musical 11/11/2020
Freaky ‘Freaky’ a body-switching movie with a body count 11/11/2020
Echo Boomers ‘Echo Boomers’ a nifty little gem about crooks with a cause 11/10/2020
Hillbilly Elegy ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ a sure bet for Oscar love, and deservedly so 11/10/2020
A Teacher Sensitive and never sensational, streaming series ‘A Teacher’ depicts a predatory school affair 11/9/2020
Moonbase 8 ‘Moonbase 8’: Three funny guys’ lunar humor seldom lands in new Showtime series 11/6/2020
Operation Christmas Drop ‘Operation Christmas Drop’ a military-grade holiday romance on Netflix 11/5/2020
The Life Ahead ‘The Life Ahead’: Sophia Loren commands the screen at 86 11/5/2020
Let Him Go ‘Let Him Go’: Steely duo takes on a ruthless family in a rousing noir-Western 11/4/2020
The Informer ‘The Informer’: Joel Kinnaman flexes as a bad guy who’s really a good guy 11/4/2020
Triggered ‘Triggered’: In darkly funny horror film, some won’t survive an explosive game of Survivor 11/3/2020
That Good Night ‘That Good Night’: A charismatic performance caps career of the great John Hurt 11/2/2020
Spell ‘Spell’: It’s about time horror fans enjoyed some more ‘Misery’ 10/29/2020
The True Adventures of Wolfboy ‘True Adventures of Wolfboy’ makes the usual points about being a teen who looks different 10/29/2020
Holidate ‘Holidate’: Netflix’s cheesy rom-com is a nothing-special occasion 10/28/2020
Come Play ‘Come Play’: Digital demon stalks a little boy in wonderfully twisted horror movie 10/28/2020
Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine ‘Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine’: Trump lip-sync artist works well with others 10/27/2020
The Craft: Legacy ‘The Craft: Legacy’: The sequel’s magic lies in its respect for teen issues 10/27/2020
The Undoing ‘The Undoing’: Nicole Kidman faces ugly allegations in beautiful surroundings 10/23/2020
Synchronic ‘Synchronic’: Risky time-travel drug keeps two EMT’s busy in a gritty indie 10/22/2020
Roald Dahl's The Witches ‘Roald Dahl’s The Witches’: Too scary for children, too bland for adults 10/21/2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’: Fictional foreigner no wiser in USA return, daughter in tow 10/21/2020
White Noise ‘White Noise’ highlights the small lives, not the ugly views, of white nationalists 10/21/2020
537 Votes ‘537 Votes’: How the Supreme Court and irate people in Miami picked a president 10/20/2020
Grizzly II: Revenge ‘Grizzly II: Revenge’: George Clooney survived this terrible ’80s sequel — but his character didn’t 10/19/2020
Bad Hair ‘Bad Hair’: Cause of death is not natural — it’s a weave 10/16/2020
City So Real ‘City So Real’: In-depth, epic documentary captures big stories and small in a splintered Chicago 10/16/2020
Rebecca ‘Rebecca’: A passable version of a story Hitchcock told much better 10/15/2020
The Devil Has a Name ‘The Devil Has a Name’: Not your average legal thriller as a little guy battles Big Oil 10/15/2020
Honest Thief ‘Honest Thief’: To tell the truth, this is not one of Liam Neeson’s best 10/15/2020
Belushi ‘Belushi’ documentary gets to the soul of the man 10/14/2020
Totally Under Control ‘Totally Under Control’: A no-nonsense look at how COVID-19 ran amok in the U.S. 10/12/2020
A Rainy Day in New York ‘A Rainy Day in New York’: Woody Allen’s soggy script drips with dated humor 10/8/2020
The Right Stuff ‘The Right Stuff’: New series parties with the dashing men of Mercury Seven 10/7/2020
Hubie Halloween Adam Sandler sinks to new lows in dismal ‘Hubie Halloween’ 10/7/2020
Connecting ‘Connecting’: Wonderful pandemic comedy plays group chat for grins — and sometimes tears 10/6/2020
Spontaneous ‘Spontaneous’: Funnier, smarter than the average exploding-teen movie 10/5/2020
neXt ‘neXt’: AI stands for ‘alarming intelligence’ on Fox’s slick sci-fi series 10/5/2020
The Comedy Store ‘The Comedy Store’ well-stocked with stories from the biggest stand-ups 10/2/2020
Kingdom of Silence ‘Kingdom of Silence’: What the life and death of Jamal Khashoggi reveals about U.S.-Saudi co-dependence 10/1/2020
On the Rocks ‘On the Rocks’: Bill Murray, Rashida Jones show a captivating father-daughter dynamic 10/1/2020
Once Upon a River ‘Once Upon a River’: A backwoods journey dense with beautiful images and brilliant acting 9/30/2020
The Glorias ‘The Glorias’: Surreal style overwhelms the substance of Steinem biopic 9/30/2020
The Boys in the Band ‘The Boys in the Band’ revival smoothly mixes tears and venom 9/28/2020
Save Yourselves! ‘Save Yourselves!’: It’s millennials vs. extraterrestrials in a wry social comedy 9/27/2020
The Comey Rule ‘The Comey Rule’: Former FBI director does no wrong in Showtime’s plodding drama 9/25/2020
Ava Jessica Chastain is terrific in ‘Ava’ as a former Special Ops toughie, the movie not so much 9/25/2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’: From an infamous event, Aaron Sorkin makes an instant classic 9/24/2020
Misbehaviour ‘Misbehaviour’: Feminists crash the pageant in a cheeky British period piece 9/23/2020
Fargo ‘Fargo’: Chris Rock brings the pain — and the menace — in an ambitious, mobbed-up period piece 9/23/2020
Dreaming Grand Avenue ‘Dreaming Grand Avenue’: There’s poetry in the emotion of a transcendental Chicago story 9/22/2020
Utopia Imaginative ‘Utopia,’ shot in Chicago, creates a world even crazier than our own 9/21/2020
Lost Girls & Love Hotels ‘Lost Girls & Love Hotels’: Alexandra Daddario ups her game as an expat doing some Tokyo drifting 9/18/2020
The Way I See It ‘The Way I See It’ sheds light on Reagan, Obama and the man who chronicled both 9/17/2020
The Nest ‘The Nest’: Jude Law, Carrie Coon fuse their skills playing spouses in conflict 9/17/2020
Antebellum ‘Antebellum’: Well-made drama on slavery’s horrors builds to an exasperating ending 9/17/2020
Challenger: The Final Flight ‘Challenger: The Final Flight’ details the reasons the disaster happened and the people we lost 9/16/2020
Ratched ‘Ratched’: Netflix version of the ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ nurse is a lousy scaregiver 9/16/2020
Foster Boy ‘Foster Boy’: Courtroom melodrama has a cast of pros and something to say 9/15/2020
The Third Day ‘The Third Day’ an island getaway where you can’t always get away 9/14/2020
Blackbird ‘Blackbird’: Susan Sarandon at the top of her game as a woman taking charge of her death 9/12/2020
The Devil All the Time ‘The Devil All the Time’ a brooding story of a father, a son and some holy hypocrites 9/11/2020
Coastal Elites ‘Coastal Elites’ leans so far to the left, it falls over 9/10/2020
I Am Woman ‘I Am Woman’: Helen Reddy biopic is strong — and it’s predictable 9/9/2020
The Broken Hearts Gallery ‘The Broken Hearts Gallery’ exhibits all the charming aesthetics of a rom-com 9/9/2020
The Sit-In ‘The Sit-In’ flashes back to a momentous week on ‘The Tonight Show’ 9/8/2020
Away ‘Away’: Sweeping, soapy Netflix space series focuses on the emotions of the mission 9/3/2020
Mulan Dazzling ‘Mulan’ comes to life with flying colors 9/3/2020
Tom of Your Life ‘Tom of Your Life’: In mere hours, a boy becomes man in a lovely indie 9/1/2020
Robin's Wish ‘Robin’s Wish’ explains the undiagnosed condition that tormented Robin Williams 8/31/2020
Get Duked! ‘Get Duked!’: Odds of laughing at ‘Hunger Games’ twist are mostly in your favor 8/28/2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’: A meet-the-parents road trip turns trippy 8/28/2020
Bill & Ted Face the Music ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’: Being excellent is infrequent in the belated threequel 8/27/2020
Fatima Beautiful ‘Fatima’ has faith in the children who said they saw the Virgin Mary 8/27/2020
#Unfit Sharp documentary ‘#Unfit’ makes a case that Donald Trump suffers multiple mental disorders 8/27/2020
You Cannot Kill David Arquette ‘You Cannot Kill David Arquette’: Actor grapples for respect in oddball documentary 8/27/2020
The Binge ‘The Binge’: As drinking movies go, this one’s sloppy and obnoxious 8/26/2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ serves Dickens with all the fixins 8/26/2020
Tenet ‘Tenet’ a mind-bending blast in a time zone of its own 8/26/2020
The 24th ‘The 24th’: The stunning story of U.S. soldiers battling U.S. police in Texas 8/21/2020
Words on Bathroom Walls ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’: Inept moments of fantasy muddle well-meaning teen comedy 8/20/2020
The One and Only Ivan ‘The One and Only Ivan’: Big stars go wild as talking animals 8/20/2020
Desert One ‘Desert One’: Brilliant documentary dissects the disastrous U.S. rescue mission in Iran 8/20/2020
Tesla ‘Tesla’: Jolts of creative whimsy electrify a delightfully oddball biopic 8/19/2020
Cut Throat City ‘Cut Throat City’: New Orleans pals attempt a heist that’s big but hardly easy 8/19/2020
Unhinged ‘Unhinged’: Russell Crowe flies off the handle in a flimsy stalker movie 8/17/2020
Murder in the Woods ‘Murder in the Woods’: You’ll never guess what happens to the teens in the cabin 8/14/2020
Lovecraft Country ‘Lovecraft Country’: ’50s travelers take on bigots, B-movie beasts in wildly creative HBO series 8/14/2020
Project Power Project Power’: Pills, thrills and chills in a exciting saga of short-term superheroes 8/13/2020
Ted Lasso ‘Ted Lasso’: Jason Sudeikis scores as an American dipping a toe into British football 8/13/2020
Spree ‘Spree’: As the passenger’s screaming, the driver’s streaming 8/12/2020
Boys State In ‘Boys State’ doc, teens know the merits — and the tricks — of U.S. elections 8/11/2020
Mapleworth Murders Mapleworth Murders’: Hilarious actors criminally misused on sophomoric detective spoof 8/10/2020
Waiting for the Barbarians ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’: Inquisitors rule with iron fists and stilted metaphors 8/7/2020
Spinster ‘Spinster’: Chelsea Peretti widens her range in a sly comedy/drama 8/6/2020
The Burnt Orange Heresy ‘Burnt Orange Heresy’ a pleasing piece of art built with sharp little brushstrokes 8/6/2020
Work It ‘Work It’: Sabrina Carpenter dances like she never danced before 8/6/2020
The Tax Collector ‘The Tax Collector’ in the upper bracket of gore and overcooked plotting 8/5/2020
She Dies Tomorrow ‘She Dies Tomorrow’: A haunting gem about knowing your expiration date 8/5/2020
An American Pickle ‘An American Pickle’: Twice the Seth Rogen but half as good as it could have been 8/4/2020
Red Penguins ‘Red Penguins’: Fun documentary revisits a wild collision of Russian hockey and U.S. hucksters 8/3/2020
The Go-Go’s A movie that Go-Go’s there: Documentary digs deep into band’s history 7/30/2020
A Most Beautiful Thing ‘A Most Beautiful Thing’: A boat bonds West Side teens in an uplifting documentary 7/30/2020
The Big Ugly ‘The Big Ugly’: Great cast stirs up some West Virginia mountain mayhem 7/29/2020
The Weight of Gold ‘The Weight of Gold’: How aspiring to Olympic greatness can lead to mental illness — and even suicide 7/29/2020
I Used To Go Here ‘I Used To Go Here’ review: Gillian Jacobs aces it as a bummed alum 7/28/2020
Retaliation ‘Retaliation’ review: Orlando Bloom captivates as a vengeance-minded soul 7/24/2020
Radioactive ‘Radioactive’ review: Marie Curie film has all standard biopic elements 7/24/2020
Most Wanted ‘Most Wanted’ review: Great thriller comes through despite chaotic editing 7/23/2020
Yes, God, Yes ‘Yes, God, Yes’ review: A sweeter, gentler kind of teen sex comedy 7/23/2020
The Rental ‘The Rental’ review: Friends’ road trip takes a creepy, compelling turn 7/22/2020
Fear City ‘Fear City’ review: Netflix doc looks back at when gangsters of N.Y. ruled 7/21/2020
Guest Artist ‘Guest Artist’ review: Film loses steam soon after arriving at the station 7/20/2020
A Nice Girl Like You ‘A Nice Girl Like You’ review: It pretends to be bawdy, totally fakes it 7/16/2020
The Sunlit Night ‘The Sunlit Night’ review: All quirk and no play makes for dull indie comedy 7/16/2020
Fatal Affair ‘Fatal Affair’ review: Netflix thriller borrows twists from better movies 7/16/2020
Esther Povitsky: Hot for My Name Esther Povitsky review: Comic teased by Skokie parents in hilarious special 7/15/2020
The Painted Bird ‘The Painted Bird’ review: Intense war story tough to stomach, rewarding to see 7/15/2020
Showbiz Kids ‘Showbiz Kids’ review: HBO doc offers fresh takes on child actors’ struggles 7/13/2020
The Old Guard ‘The Old Guard’ review: Charlize Theron’s warrior hurts but never dies 7/10/2020
Relic ‘Relic’ review: Oh Granny, what big knives you have! 7/9/2020
Expecting Amy ‘Expecting Amy’ review: Pregnant Schumer works on her delivery 7/9/2020
Palm Springs ‘Palm Springs’ review: Funny love story masters the ‘Groundhog Day’ formula 7/8/2020
Mucho Mucho Amor ‘Mucho Mucho Amor’ review: Walter Mercado story lifts spirits on Netflix 7/7/2020
Greyhound ‘Greyhound’ review: Tom Hanks war movie sticks to surface battles 7/6/2020
The Outpost ‘The Outpost’ review: War movie unflinching in showing soldiers’ risks, heroics 7/2/2020
Hamilton ‘Hamilton’ review: Not a shot wasted in Disney+ version of great musical 6/30/2020
Four Kids and It ‘Four Kids and It’ review: Like creature, family film produces foul aroma 6/30/2020
Force of Nature ‘Force of Nature’ review: Lurid film like ‘Die Hard’ with a tempest 6/29/2020
And She Could Be Next ‘And She Could Be Next’ review: Vital PBS doc profiles heroines of politics 6/28/2020
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ review: Compelling doc on killer and his pursuer 6/26/2020
The 11th Green ‘The 11th Green’ review: If high enough, you’ll like Ike, aliens and Obama ringer 6/25/2020
My Spy ‘My Spy’ gets Chicago (and the action and the comedy) all wrong 6/25/2020
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ review: Will Ferrell goes all-in for goofy music spoof 6/24/2020
Irresistible ‘Irresistible’ review: Jon Stewart’s satire brings big-time politics to little town 6/22/2020
Perry Mason ‘Perry Mason’ review: HBO’s prequel is a case of the unsavory sleuth 6/19/2020
You Should Have Left ‘You Should Have Left’ review: Thriller should please horror fans 6/19/2020
Short History of the Long Road ‘Short History of the Long Road’ review: A teen’s lyrical life at the wheel 6/18/2020
Wasp Network ‘Wasp Network’ review: A viewer could get lost in smoke of these Cubans 6/18/2020
7500 ‘7500’ review: Too many dull parts between exciting parts of hijack thriller 6/17/2020
Love, Victor ‘Love, Victor’ review: Hulu series returns to Simon’s school — and plot 6/16/2020
2 Minutes of Fame ‘2 Minutes of Fame’ review: Jay Pharoah impressive even without impressions 6/14/2020
Exit Plan ‘Exit Plan’ review: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau takes unsettling suicide trip 6/12/2020
Artemis Fowl ‘Artemis Fowl’ review: Disney+ brings wondrous fairy land into your home. 6/11/2020
Da 5 Bloods ‘Da 5 Bloods’ review: Spike Lee makes brilliant Vietnam epic for Netflix 6/10/2020
King of Staten Island ‘King of Staten Island’ review: Pete Davidson as a loser — the lovable kind 6/8/2020
Tommaso ‘Tommaso’ review: Willem Dafoe an able surrogate for Abel Ferrara 6/4/2020
Becky ‘Becky’ review: Kevin James slays as a killer tangling with the wrong girl 6/4/2020
Shirley ‘Shirley’ review: Elisabeth Moss scores again as author Shirley Jackson 6/3/2020
Spelling the Dream ‘Spelling the Dream’ review: Netflix doc looks at Indian American kids in the bees 6/2/2020
Laurel Canyon ‘Laurel Canyon’ review: Pool of music trivia runs deep in documentary 5/29/2020
End of Sentence ‘End of Sentence’ review: Hop aboard the latest father-son road trip 5/28/2020
Space Force ‘Space Force’ review: A soft launch for Steve Carell’s celestial sitcom 5/28/2020
The High Note ‘The High Note’ review: Tracee Ellis Ross and a supremely sunny movie 5/27/2020
Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich ‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich’: Survivors have their say in Netflix doc 5/25/2020
Lance Lance Armstrong’s ESPN documentary brings out his zeal — and his ego 5/22/2020
The Lovebirds ‘The Lovebirds’ review: Cracking up is easy to do in dark breakup comedy 5/21/2020
Military Wives ‘Military Wives’ review: Movie sings a familiar but uplifting refrain 5/20/2020
Scoob! ‘Scoob!’ review: Boisterous Scooby-Doo movie needs a muzzle 5/15/2020
Blackballed ‘Blackballed’ review: Call this Donald Sterling doc ‘The Last Dunce’ 5/14/2020
The Great ‘The Great’ review: Would-be satire of Russia’s Catherine isn’t even good 5/14/2020
Snowpiercer ‘Snowpiercer’ review: Train rolls on in bloody, sometimes bizarre series 5/13/2020
Capone ‘Capone’ review: Gross scenes soil Tom Hardy’s strong performance 5/11/2020
Trial by Media ‘Trial by Media’ review: Netflix revisits 6 heavily hyped court cases 5/8/2020
Valley Girl ‘Valley Girl’ review: An inept musical remake? Fer sure, fer sure 5/8/2020
I Know This Much is True ‘I Know This Much is True’ review: HBO series wallows in people’s misery 5/7/2020
23 Hours to Kill Jerry Seinfeld Netflix special: Dazed and bemused in ‘23 Hours to Kill’ 5/5/2020
Becoming ‘Becoming’ review: Michelle Obama has earned Netflix film this flattering 5/4/2020
Billions ‘Billions’ review: Money’s the root of all the delicious evil in Season 5 5/1/2020
James Vs. His Future Self ‘James Vs. His Future Self’ review: A funny, cerebral time-travel tale 5/1/2020
Dangerous Lies ‘Dangerous Lies’ review: Clever Netflix thriller asks — who do you trust? 4/30/2020
Upload ‘Upload’ review: On Amazon, a funny but profound vision of the future 4/29/2020
Hollywood ‘Hollywood’ review: Netflix series a so-so fantasy about La La Land 4/29/2020
Never Have I Ever ‘Never Have I Ever’ review: Sweet Netflix teen comedy series overachieves 4/26/2020
Penny Dreadful ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’: Spinoff goes from noir to supernatural 4/24/2020
Bad Education ‘Bad Education’ review: Hugh Jackman a class act as thieving school boss 4/24/2020
Extraction ‘Extraction’ review: Chris Hemsworth flexes physical, emotional muscles 4/23/2020
Defending Jacob ‘Defending Jacob’ review: Addictive mystery series keeps us guessing 4/22/2020
Time Warp ‘Time Warp’ review: Docuseries sheds light on beloved cult movies 4/20/2020
Home Apple TV+ series ‘Home’ takes us inside creative dwellings worldwide 4/17/2020
Selah and the Spades ‘Selah and the Spades’ review: Anything goes for wild prep-school teens 4/16/2020
#blackAF ‘#blackAF’ review: Netflix comedy is hilarious right from the start 4/15/2020
The Last Dance ‘The Last Dance’ review: Series captures dominance, drama of ’90s Bulls 4/15/2020
Mrs. America ‘Mrs. America’ review: Phyllis Schlafly as a savvy woman of steel 4/13/2020
Cooked With Cannabis ‘Cooked With Cannabis’ takes pot-infused cuisine to new highs 4/13/2020
Run ‘Run’ review: HBO series takes twisty route on its way to funny moments 4/9/2020
Saint Frances ‘Saint Frances’ review: Chicago film star is born in locally made indie 4/8/2020
Atlanta's Missing and Murdered ‘Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered’ sheds new light on brutal, baffling case 4/3/2020
Coffee & Kareem ‘Coffee & Kareem’ review: Plot almost as foul as the 12-year-old’s mouth 4/3/2020
Elephant ‘Elephant’ review: Meghan Markle narrates a gentle Disney documentary 4/1/2020
The Scheme ‘The Scheme’ review: Hoops hustler tells all in well-crafted HBO doc 3/29/2020
I Still Believe ‘I Still Believe’ review: Movie coaxes tears with sweetness, sincerity 3/27/2020
Kill Chain ‘Kill Chain’ review: HBO doc sounds alarm about voting machine hacks 3/26/2020
Crip Camp ‘Crip Camp’ review: Compelling Netflix doc recalls a haven for disabled 3/24/2020
After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News "After Truth" review: HBO documentary explains where the Fake News comes from 3/19/2020
Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker "Self Made" review: Octavia Spencer dominates the screen in grand style 3/19/2020
Big Time Adolescence "Big Time Adolescence" review: Pete Davidson shows true talent playing a loser 3/18/2020
Little Fires Everywhere "Little Fires Everywhere" review: Reese Witherspoon hits a high-strung high 3/17/2020
The Plot Against America "The Plot Against America" review: powerful vision of what could have been 3/15/2020
Bloodshot "Bloodshot" review: Vin Diesel as a new man doing the same old stuff 3/12/2020
Extra Ordinary "Extra Ordinary" review: Irish horror story also produces big laughs 3/12/2020
First Cow "First Cow" review: A sublime, bovine morality play 3/11/2020
Stargirl "Stargirl" review: An irresistible film debut for Grace VanderWaal 3/11/2020
The Hunt "The Hunt" review: When social justice warriors shoot to kill 3/11/2020
Spenser Confidential "Spenser Confidential" review: Mark Wahlberg in a funny Boston B-movie 3/6/2020
The Way Back "The Way Back" review: Ben Affleck a believable boozer, basketball coach 3/5/2020
Greed "Greed" review: Inequality satire makes its point with wretched excess 3/4/2020
The Banker "The Banker" review: Fun period piece deserves your highest interest 3/4/2020
Devs "Devs" review: Mind-bending puzzles pay off in the end 3/3/2020
Hope Gap "Hope Gap" review: Annette Bening just right in a moving story of moving on 3/3/2020
Onward "Onward" review: The worst Pixar movie yet 2/27/2020
The Misogynists "The Misogynists" review: Trump fan has a lot to say in a movie that doesn"t 2/27/2020
Emma "Emma" review: Anya Taylor-Joy puts a devilish spin on the role 2/26/2020
Seberg "Seberg" review: Biopic wastes time on people who aren't Jean Seberg 2/26/2020
The Invisible Man "The Invisible Man" review: A fresh horror take worth seeing 2/26/2020
D. Wade: Life Unexpected Dwyane Wade documentary review: "Life Unexpected" a candid look at NBA star 2/21/2020
Ordinary Love "Ordinary Love" review: Plenty of emotion, not much insight 2/20/2020
Standing Up, Falling Down "Standing Up, Falling Down" review: Unlikely friendship not as corny as it looks 2/20/2020
The Call of the Wild "The Call of the Wild" review: Digital dog drags down the classic story 2/19/2020
The Lodge "The Lodge" review: Snowy, scary horror with smart plot, stylish look 2/19/2020
Call of the Wild Harrison Ford: Why Chicago kid felt called to "Call of the Wild" 2/18/2020
Hunters "Hunters" review: Nazi-chasing series balances the silly, the somber 2/17/2020
The Photograph "The Photograph," elegant and insightful, puts the focus on personal choices 2/16/2020
Space Jam "Space Jam"" revisited: 1996 movie is a jam-packed escapade 2/15/2020
Blumhouses Fantasy Island Blumhouse's "Fantasy Island" review — not worth the trek to the multiplex 2/14/2020
Downhill "Downhill" review: Remake seldom finds the funny in dad's blunder 2/12/2020
High Fidelity "High Fidelity" review: Zoe Kravitz electric as Rob the music snob 2/11/2020
Foosballers "Foosballers" review: Documentary puts a thoughtful spin on foosball 2/7/2020
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) "Birds of Prey" review: It's Harley Quinn for the win 2/6/2020
Horse Girl "Horse Girl": Alison Brie resonates as an awkward misfit losing her grip on reality 2/6/2020
Locke & Key "Locke & Key" review: Netflix series offers little to latch on to 2/5/2020
The Assistant "The Assistant": Predatory boss abuses and erupts in a sort of white-collar horror film 2/5/2020
McMillions "McMillions" review: HBO recaps McDonald's scandal, and we"re lovin" it 1/31/2020
Coda "Coda" review: Patrick Stewart in a subtle drama of empathy and ivory 1/30/2020
The Rhythm Section "The Rhythm Section" review: Addict becomes a master spy, ludicrously 1/29/2020
The Gentlemen "The Gentlemen" review: Matthew McConaughey, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant play tough guys in funny crime thriller 1/23/2020
Color Out of Space "Color Out of Space": What's freaking out Nicolas Cage this time? A stinky meteorite 1/22/2020
The Last Full Measure "The Last Full Measure": Flashbacks reveal an airman's heroics in powerful Vietnam story 1/22/2020
Avenue 5 "Avenue 5": In new HBO series, a cruise ship in space collides with mediocre humor 1/17/2020
Tyler Perrys A Fall From Grace "A Fall from Grace": Tyler Perry brings the best out from some veteran actors 1/17/2020
Troop Zero "Troop Zero": Sugary as it is, underdog story also cozy and inspiring — scout's honor! 1/16/2020
Bad Boys for Life "Bad Boys for Life": Will Smith, Martin Lawrence keep up their chemistry 1/15/2020
Dolittle "Dolittle" a pathetic waste of seriously talented cast — and moviegoers" time 1/15/2020
Little America "Little America" review: Funny, inspiring vignettes tells immigrant stories that are pleasing without preaching 1/15/2020
The Outsider HBO's "The Outsider," drawn from Stephen King book, grows stranger by the week 1/10/2020
Underwater "Underwater" movie review: No clear reason why murky deep-sea adventure was made 1/9/2020
Just Mercy "Just Mercy" moving and inspiring, even as it follows a formula: Roeper 1/8/2020
Like a Boss "Like a Boss" review: Charms of Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne can't conceal crass comedy's blemishes 1/8/2020
1917 "1917" brilliantly depicts both the chaos and the humanity of World War I 12/24/2019
Spies in Disguise "Spies in Disguise": Will Smith earns his wings again as the voice of a secret-agent pigeon 12/24/2019
Uncut Gems Does "Uncut Gems" deserve the Oscar talk? You bet it does 12/23/2019
Little Women "Little Women" movie review: Greta Gerwig makes the classic story feel fresh and relevant 12/21/2019
A Hidden Life "A Hidden Life" carries all the spectacular imagery — and occasional tedium — of Terrence Malick 12/19/2019
Bombshell "Bombshell" movie review: #MeToo docudrama bursting with talent 12/19/2019
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch John Mulaney and "The Sack Lunch Bunch": Netflix special is one crazy, mixed-up kids' show 12/19/2019
Cats "Cats" movie review: Musical coughs up a hairball of self-indulgence and creepy human-feline hybrids 12/18/2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" review: The good (not great) side of the Force 12/18/2019
American Dharma "American Dharma" review: Steve Bannon gets a pass in Errol Morris" tame profile 12/12/2019
Mel Brooks Unwrapped "Mel Brooks Unwrapped" review: HBO special showcases the director's blazing talent 12/12/2019
Jumanji: The Next Level "Jumanji: The Next Level" reunites the video game avatars for rousing, sometimes confusing adventure 12/11/2019
Richard Jewell "Richard Jewell" review: A study, not a diatribe, about runaway media and FBI agents victimizing an innocent man 12/11/2019
A Million Little Pieces "A Million Little Pieces" review: James Frey's book works on film, and that's the honest truth 12/5/2019
Knives and Skin "Knives and Skin" review: Neo-noir thriller made in Chicago, overflows with haunting visuals, Richard Roeper writes 12/5/2019
The Two Popes "The Two Popes" review: A rich papal powwow starring Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins 12/5/2019
The Aeronauts "The Aeronauts" review: Fun, old-fashioned and full of hot air, Richard Roeper writes 12/4/2019
Work in Progress "Work in Progress" review: The hilarious hardship of being smart, funny and queer in Chicago 12/4/2019
The Moodys "The Moodys" review: A warm holiday homecoming for a Chicago family 12/3/2019
Dark Waters In "Dark Waters," Mark Ruffalo scores as another kind of avenger: an underdog lawyer 11/26/2019
Queen & Slim "Queen & Slim" review: Accidental outlaws flee the law on a road trip rich with insight 11/26/2019
Knives Out "Knives Out" a skillful slice of old-fashioned whodunit: Richard Roeper 11/25/2019
Dolly Partons Heartstrings "Dolly Parton's Heartstrings": Songs come to life with all the singer's charms 11/22/2019
21 Bridges "21 Bridges" review: Dumb plot, crummy look sink Chadwick Boseman thriller 11/21/2019
Honey Boy "Honey Boy" review: Shia LaBeouf smartly recalls his own youth, Richard Roeper says 11/21/2019
Frozen 2 "Frozen 2" mostly as magical as the original: Richard Roeper 11/20/2019
Waves "Waves" immerses us in a family unaware of the trouble ahead 11/20/2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" movie review: Tom Hanks makes a wonderful Mister Rogers, when he's there 11/17/2019
Marriage Story "Marriage Story" review: A couple divorces with humor and wrenching pain 11/14/2019
The Good Liar "The Good Liar": Even Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen can't save this convoluted con game 11/14/2019
The Report "The Report": Adam Driver proves his versatility with understated work as a torture investigator 11/14/2019
Ford v Ferrari "Ford v Ferrari" a rip-roaring flashback to "60s motorsports 11/13/2019
Charlies Angels "Charlie's Angels" 2019 review: Pointless reboot doesn"t work for me 11/12/2019
Ford v Ferrari Christian Bale says his "Ford v Ferrari" ride beats the Batmobile 11/11/2019
Green Eggs and Ham "Green Eggs and Ham" on Netflix becomes a breezy animated series kids will like here, there or anywhere 11/8/2019
Midway "Midway" arms its big-name cast with stock roles, second-rate dialogue 11/7/2019
Doctor Sleep "Doctor Sleep" review: Ewan McGregor makes a decent Danny in "The Shining" sequel 11/6/2019
Last Christmas "Last Christmas" review: One of the best holiday movies in years 11/6/2019
The Irishman "The Irishman" review: Netflix's glorious saga of a notorious killer 11/4/2019
Frankie "Frankie": Isabelle Huppert a marvel in a family drama that's scenic but seldom authentic 11/1/2019
Motherless Brooklyn "Motherless Brooklyn": Edward Norton's richly layered film noir has one major flaw — Edward Norton 10/31/2019
Paradise Hills "Paradise Hills" review: Young women learn subservience in futuristic fairy tale 10/31/2019
Harriet "Harriet": Cynthia Erivo convincingly plays the freedom fighter as both rebellious slave and action hero 10/30/2019
Terminator: Dark Fate "Terminator: Dark Fate" review: Too much deja vu makes sequel a boring retread 10/30/2019
The Morning Show "The Morning Show" review: Sex scandal shakes up news team on AppleTV+'s new series 10/29/2019
Mrs. Fletcher "Mrs. Fletcher" follows two lives, and only one is worth watching 10/25/2019
Jojo Rabbit "JoJo Rabbit": Imagine that — in these sensitive times, a Hitler comedy that works 10/24/2019
The Current War "The Current War" review: Electrical period piece seldom flickers 10/24/2019
Black and Blue "Black and Blue": Heavy on stereotypes, police thriller blows its chance to make a statement 10/23/2019
The Lighthouse In the glow of "The Lighthouse," Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go brilliantly insane 10/23/2019
Watchmen "Watchmen" worth watching for clever plot twists, outstanding acting 10/19/2019
Modern Love "Modern Love" transforms N.Y. Times columns into smart, funny video vignettes 10/18/2019
Parasite "Parasite" review: Insightful social satire earns its twists and turns 10/18/2019
Zombieland Double Tap "Zombieland: Double Tap": Drop-dead funny stars breathe some life into a tired genre 10/17/2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil": Angelina Jolie wears the horns again in a gorgeous, ambitious thrill ride 10/16/2019
Living With Yourself "Living With Yourself": Paul Rudd doubly delightful as a man and his higher-caliber clone 10/15/2019
El Camino "El Camino" review: Netflix's Jesse Pinkman movie lives up to "Breaking Bad" standards 10/11/2019
Pain and Glory "Pain and Glory": Pedro Almodovar makes moments with meaning 10/11/2019
Gemini Man "Gemini Man": It's Will Smith times two in a dumb digital disaster 10/10/2019
The Addams Family "The Addams Family" delivers light laughs and a heavy message 10/10/2019
Dolemite Is His Name "Dolemite Is My Name" review: Now this is the Eddie Murphy we know and love and laugh with 10/9/2019
The Parts You Lose "The Parts You Lose": For bullied boy, this bad guy doesn"t seem so bad 10/4/2019
Lucy in the Sky "Lucy in the Sky" review: Natalie Portman, we have a problem 10/3/2019
The Laundromat "The Laundromat" crudely mixes the dark and the light, blemishing everything 10/3/2019
Joker "Joker" review: Joaquin Phoenix a first-class clown in chilling, absorbing supervillain movie 10/2/2019
Holy Trinity "Holy Trinity": Welcome to a bizarro Chicago where the colors are bold and the humor is bawdy 9/27/2019
Wheres My Roy Cohn? "Where's My Roy Cohn?": A thorough portrait of a ruthless real-life villain 9/26/2019
Judy "Judy": A role that got away from Renee Zellweger 9/25/2019
The Politician New Netflix series "The Politician" gets low approval rating from Richard Roeper 9/24/2019
Brian's Song Distant replay: Sports movie, buddy movie or tearjerker, you can't go wrong with "Brian's Song" 9/21/2019
American Dreamer "American Dreamer": The best proof yet that, as a dramatic actor, Jim Gaffigan is ready for his closeup 9/20/2019
Rambo: Last Blood "Rambo: Last Blood" review: "Repellent piece of trash" should end Stallone franchise 9/20/2019
7 Days to Vegas "7 Days to Vegas": In both poker and comedy, gambling romp knows its stuff 9/19/2019
Between Two Ferns "Between Two Ferns: The Movie": Zach Galifianakis" clueless alter ego just as rude on the road 9/19/2019
Ad Astra "Ad Astra": Brad Pitt sent to save Earth in a beautiful, daring space oddity 9/18/2019
Downton Abbey "Downton Abbey" movie a happy homecoming 9/17/2019
Haunt "Haunt": Fun-seeking students the prey in a stylish Halloween gore-fest 9/12/2019
Hustlers "Hustlers" slickly strips down a real-life crime to sisterhood and glitter-covered hilarity 9/12/2019
Linda Ronstadt "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" pays tribute to a versatile virtuoso 9/12/2019
Unbelievable "Unbelievable" a credible, exceptional story of the system helping — and harming — a rape victim 9/12/2019
The Goldfinch "The Goldfinch": Morose encounters with the unhappy, the unstable and the crudely caricatured 9/11/2019
Super Size Me 2 "Super Size Me 2": It isn"t Morgan Spurlock expanding this time, it's the chickens 9/6/2019
Official Secrets "Official Secrets": Would-be thriller jumps from one talking point to the next 9/5/2019
It Chapter Two "It Chapter Two" a good scare, but not as good as the first one 9/3/2019
Untouchable "Untouchable" focuses on those who endured Harvey Weinstein's horrors, and those who knew 8/31/2019
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" puts you in a magical world of cute puppets, ugly puppets, scary puppets 8/30/2019
The Fanatic "The Fanatic": Look who's stalking — It's John Travolta in another of his oddities 8/30/2019
Dont Let Go "Don't Let Go": Too many hangups spoil a promising, time-bending thriller 8/29/2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon "Brittany Runs a Marathon" keeps the laughs coming at a steady pace 8/28/2019
After the Wedding "After the Wedding": The twists don"t turn out in morose, off-putting drama 8/23/2019
World City In Its Teens: A Report On Chicago “World City In Its Teens” review: A filmmaking masterpiece about 1930s Chicago 8/23/2019
Peanut Butter Falcon "Peanut Butter Falcon" review: It's sweet and corny but undeniably engaging 8/22/2019
Ready or Not "Ready or Not": Say yes to the distress of a bride chased by killers 8/20/2019
Major League "Major League" is a comedy of errors — and hits 8/17/2019
The Nightingale "The Nightingale": After an act of brutality, a woman reacts with resilience 8/16/2019
The Righteous Gemstones On HBO's "Righteous Gemstones," the Lord's servants work in devious ways 8/16/2019
Blinded by the Light "Blinded by the Light": The sounds of Bruce Springsteen energize a familiar story 8/15/2019
Good Boys "Good Boys" stays sweet through kids" raunchy run-ins 8/14/2019
Whered You Go Bernadette "Where"d You Go, Bernadette" focuses on a woman you wish would stay gone 8/14/2019
Avengers: Endgame Why the heroes didn"t take a knee in "Avengers: Endgame" — the co-director explains 8/13/2019
Light of My Life "Light of My Life": Dystopia tale falls prey to Casey Affleck's excesses 8/9/2019
Them That Follow "Them That Follow" examines the hazards of misreading God's will 8/9/2019
Brian Banks "Brian Banks": A skillful rendition of a wrongful conviction 8/8/2019
The Art of Racing in the Rain "The Art of Racing in the Rain" squanders its golden opportunity 8/8/2019
The Kitchen "The Kitchen" review: If you can't stand farfetched plot twists, stay out of this movie 8/7/2019
Luce Thrilling but also engaging, "Luce" keeps us guessing 8/6/2019
Mike Wallace Is Here "Mike Wallace Is Here": Footage from the past says it all in insightful bio of a journalism great 8/1/2019
Hobbs & Shaw "Hobbs & Shaw" gives the very cool Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham nothing cool to do 7/31/2019
Shermans Showcase New series from 'south Side" team another solid-gold success 7/30/2019
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood The best treats, trifles and trivia of Quentin Tarantino's latest movie 7/29/2019
Skin "Skin": Jamie Bell indelible as man whose tattoos give away his neo-Nazi past 7/26/2019
David Crosby: Remember My Name "David Crosby: Remember My Name": Thinking about the many times he has fallen 7/25/2019
Eastland: Chicagos Deadliest Day "Eastland" documentary profiles heroes and villains of the 1915 Chicago River disaster 7/25/2019
South Side "South Side" sitcom so funny, so smart, that 10 episodes aren't enough 7/23/2019
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" review: Quentin Tarantino's colorful snapshot of an era 7/22/2019
This Changes Everything "This Changes Everything": Stars detail Hollywood's slow progress in correcting its sexism 7/20/2019
Into the Ashes "Into the Ashes": Stylish, violent Western noir keeps us guessing 7/19/2019
Sword of Trust "Sword of Trust": Marc Maron leads a cast of pros in sharp-edged comedy 7/19/2019
The Art of Self Defense "The Art of Self-Defense" review: Bad mojo at the macho dojo 7/18/2019
The Farewell "The Farewell": The lovely story of a family like everybody's 7/17/2019
Moneyball "Moneyball" was on the money: Hollywood did everything right 7/13/2019
Cooked "Cooked": Edifying documentary sheds light on Chicago's deadly "95 heat wave 7/12/2019
Lying and Stealing "Lying and Stealing": Fun actors, odd details set caper apart from the B-movie pack 7/12/2019
Miss Arizona "Miss Arizona": Comic melodrama strong in the talent portion but short of perfection 7/11/2019
The Lion King "The Lion King" review: Lifelike remake looks beautiful, mostly lives up to original 7/11/2019
Stuber "Stuber": Actors" chemistry gives Uber comedy a Lyft 7/10/2019
Stuber Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani step out of their comfort zones for "Stuber" 7/9/2019
Ophelia "Ophelia" review: What a piece of work is the woman who loves Hamlet 7/4/2019
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am": The author's inspiring story, as told by her friends and herself 7/4/2019
Midsommar For patient horror fans, "Midsommar" pays off 7/1/2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home "Spider-Man: Far From Home" 3-star movie review: light, bright, wildly entertaining 6/27/2019
Yesterday “Yesterday”movie review: A fab opportunity missed 6/26/2019
The Raft "The Raft" movie review: an oddly fascinating experiment in life and filmmaking 6/25/2019
Wild Rose “Wild Rose” review: Jessie Buckley is pure star power in formulaic but engaging story 6/25/2019
The Loudest Voice "The Loudest Voice" review: Russell Crowe a powerhouse as Roger Ailes 6/24/2019
Nightmare Cinema "Nightmare Cinema": The goriest, most twisted movie of the year so far 6/21/2019
Being Frank "Being Frank": Even as a deceitful jerk secretly doing double daddy duty, Jim Gaffigan wins us over 6/20/2019
Echo in the Canyon "Echo in the Canyon": Jakob Dylan signs a love letter to "60s folk/rock scene in Laurel Canyon 6/20/2019
Framing John DeLorean "Framing John DeLorean": Hybrid film, assembled from mismatched parts, still a heck of a ride 6/18/2019
Euphoria HBO's "Euphoria" series starring Zendaya a cautionary tale for teens, horror show for parents 6/14/2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" review: So much beauty 6/14/2019
Late Night "Late Night" review: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling bring the laughs 6/13/2019
Shaft "Shaft" review: Samuel L. Jackson's new version mostly goes for laughs — and misses 6/13/2019
The Dead Dont Die "The Dead Don"t Die," a meta comedy about zombies, takes deadpan approach to undead 6/13/2019
Toy Story 4 "Toy Story 4" review: A Pixar sequel as wonderful as the others plays for keeps 6/13/2019
Men in Black: International "Men in Black: International" review: The difference is, they make this look silly 6/12/2019
16 Shots "16 Shots" a riveting recap of Laquan McDonald shooting, muddle that followed 6/11/2019
Rolling Thunder Revue "Rolling Thunder Revue" revisits a tour when Bob Dylan sang, drove the bus — and even had fun 6/10/2019
Halston "Halston": Traditional doc on the designer is adorned with an unusual detail 6/7/2019
Loopers "Loopers": Bill Murray tips his cap to caddies in a lively, respectful documentary 6/6/2019
Dark Phoenix "Dark Phoenix" a mediocre entry in the "X-Men" movie canon 6/5/2019
Pavarotti "Pavarotti" documentary review: Ron Howard delivers beautiful tribute 6/5/2019
The Tomorrow Man "The Tomorrow Man": 2 great actors go astray in a rocky romance 5/31/2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" review: "MonsterVerse" entry forgets to have fun 5/29/2019
Brightburn "Brightburn" review: The child from the spaceship is no Superman 5/23/2019
The Souvenir "The Souvenir" a stunning study of a smart woman who can't quit a dangerous man 5/23/2019
Aladdin "Aladdin" review: Will Smith's blue Genie is pretty cool, once you get to know him 5/22/2019
Booksmart "Booksmart" review: For the smart girls, a wild but insightful night of partying 5/21/2019
Rocketman "Rocketman" review: The greatly entertaining biopic Elton John deserves 5/21/2019
The Professor "The Professor": Fear and loathing in academia, starring Johnny Depp as a scholar to avoid 5/17/2019
Catch-22 "Catch-22": War is hell, but sometimes silly, in George Clooney's military satire 5/16/2019
Trial By Fire "Trial by Fire": Death Row thriller worth seeing for provocative issues — and one scorching cameo 5/16/2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum "John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum": More fights, more insanity, more great dogs 5/11/2019
What's My Name HBO's "What's My Name" expertly tells story of Muhammad Ali as fighter, thinker 5/10/2019
The Hustle "The Hustle": The attempts at humor sting in a crummy con-job comedy 5/9/2019
Tolkein "Tolkien" portrays "Hobbit" creator as suitor, soldier — and crashing bore 5/9/2019
Wine Country "Wine Country": Sweet and expressive, but with some earthy notes 5/9/2019
Mary Magdalene Mary Magdalene lives in Jesus' shadow, even in her own movie 5/3/2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile and Evil "Extremely Wicked ..." review: As Ted Bundy's wary wife, Lily Collins excels 5/2/2019
The Intruder "The Intruder": A real estate thriller located in a cul-de-sac of idiocy 5/2/2019
Long Shot "Long Shot": Mismatch of Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron launches the laughs 5/1/2019
Avengers: Endgame "Avengers: Endgame": 22 little moments that added up to greatness 4/30/2019
Knock Down the House Stirring documentary "Knock Down the House" captures the rise of AOC 4/30/2019
Avengers: Endgame "Avengers: Endgame": Three hours of action and emotion, and worth every second 4/26/2019
Family Quirky comedy "Family" like "Uncle Buck" in Juggalo makeup 4/25/2019
Red Joan "Red Joan": The spy who bored me 4/25/2019
The Red Line Authentic and impactful, CBS' "The Red Line" will ring true for Chicagoans 4/22/2019
Fast Color "Fast Color": Smart, cool story of a woman who hates her supernatural powers 4/18/2019
Her Smell "Her Smell": More than enough of hard-rocking Becky with the bad attitude 4/18/2019
Teen Spirit "Teen Spirit": A 'star Is Born" story with a "Karate Kid" feel 4/18/2019
Field of Dreams After 30 years, "Field of Dreams" has held a place in the heart of America 4/14/2019
Crypto "Crypto" review: A cybercurrency thriller in which odd little moments are a major asset 4/11/2019
Hellboy "Hellboy" reboot cares more about carnage than character 4/11/2019
The Chaperone "The Chaperone" introduces a wild young star, then looks elsewhere 4/10/2019
Native Son Two strong stars enhance a "Native Son" updated for now 4/5/2019
The Best of Enemies "The Best of Enemies": Detente between foes shouldn"t feel so obvious 4/5/2019
Pet Sementary Mediocre new "Pet Sematary" still better than the old one 4/4/2019
Shazam! "Shazam!": Let's hear it for the boy who becomes a superhero 4/4/2019
Twilight Zone Jordan Peele's reboot plays great, if not quite "Twilight Zone" great 4/1/2019
Screwball "Screwball": Too much kid stuff in cheeky doc on baseball juicing 3/29/2019
The Hummingbird Project Financial thriller "The Hummingbird Project" delivers hokum at high frequency 3/29/2019
Hotel Mumbai "Hotel Mumbai" a rough but respectful recap of a city's scariest days 3/28/2019
Veep White House comedy "Veep," one of TV's all-time best, begins its final term 3/28/2019
Dragged Across Concrete Mel Gibson plays a racist cop in lurid thriller "Dragged Across Concrete" 3/22/2019
The Aftermath "The Aftermath": Brit officer, German maverick share home, things never get real 3/21/2019
The Highwaymen "The Highwaymen": Solid detective film redeems the man who nabbed Bonnie & Clyde 3/21/2019
Us "Us" review: Jordan Peele follows "Get Out" with a sensational slasher thriller 3/20/2019
Captive State "Captive State" review: Aliens invade Chicago in a sci-fi action film with an indie-movie feel 3/15/2019
Finding Steve McQueen "Finding Steve McQueen": Criminals not quite geniuses in a story not quite true 3/14/2019
Never Grow Old "Never Grow Old" review: John Cusack oozes menace as Old West villain 3/14/2019
Gloria Bell "Gloria Bell": Simple moments, powerful ones — Julianne Moore makes all magnetic 3/13/2019
I'm Not Here "I'm Not Here": J.K. Simmons stuns as a boozy, broken man recalling his missteps 3/9/2019
Climax "Climax": Young dancers in horror rave exciting to watch, annoying to know 3/8/2019
The Kid "The Kid": Top-tier actors saddle up for a boy's-eye view of Old West outlaw 3/7/2019
Triple Frontier "Triple Frontier": Surprises around every corner as Special Ops vets try a heist 3/6/2019
Captain Marvel "Captain Marvel" review: Humor, sweetness empower a fun "90s throwback 3/5/2019
Greta Look who's stalking: The great Isabelle Huppert slums in humdrum film "Greta" 2/28/2019
Green Book "Green Book" review: A feel-good '60s road trip with a bruiser and a jazzman 2/24/2019
Paddleton Cancer barely fazes the low-key, funny friends of "Paddleton" 2/23/2019
O.G. In "O.G.," shot at an Indiana prison, Jeffrey Wright stuns as inmate nearly free 2/22/2019
Leaving Neverland In HBO documentary, Michael Jackson is possibly a molester, definitely a weirdo 2/21/2019
Fighting With My Family "Fighting With My Family": Uplifting comedy follows clan with WWE ambitions 2/20/2019
Alita: Battle Angel "Alita: Battle Angel" a big-name, big-budget ripoff of much better sci-fi 2/14/2019
Happy Death Day 2U "Happy Death Day 2U": The first succeeded, so Tree dies and dies again 2/13/2019
Tucker: The Man and His Dream Tucker: A man, his dream, his cars, a scandal — and a Chicago film classic 2/10/2019
Crashing On "Crashing," how comics are respecting — or mocking — the #MeToo movement 2/8/2019
Rendezvous in Chicago "Rendezvous in Chicago" feels like eavesdropping on clever conversations 2/8/2019
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot "Man Who Killed Hitler ...": Exciting sighting of Sam Elliott as Bigfoot hunter 2/7/2019
What Men Want "What Men Want": Taraji P. Henson brings the fun to a hit-and-miss comedy 2/7/2019
Miss Bala "Miss Bala": Run away from Gina Rodriguez's ludicrous drug-running shoot-"em-up 2/1/2019
Velvet Buzzsaw "Velvet Buzzsaw": Netflix movie funny as an art attack 2/1/2019
Russian Doll "Russian Doll": Netflix series relives "Groundhog" scenario, smartly and darkly 1/31/2019
Cold Pursuit "Cold Pursuit": In the crisp winter air, Liam Neeson makes revenge a riot 1/30/2019
The Lego Movie 2 "The Lego Movie 2" pieces together pop culture, pop music into another winner 1/28/2019
An Acceptable Loss "An Acceptable Loss": Star firepower of Jamie Lee Curtis, Tika Sumpter prevails 1/25/2019
Egg "Egg": Having babies a fertile topic for wicked, fast-paced dialogue 1/25/2019
Serenity "Serenity" a thriller so nice, you"ll want to see it twice 1/24/2019
Don't Come Back From the Moon "Don't Come Back From the Moon": Beauty in a town where kids flower, dads flee 1/18/2019
Canal Street "Canal Street": A Chicago crime story, sharply made, sadly familiar 1/17/2019
Glass "Glass" half empty: M. Night Shyamalan's trilogy comes to a disappointing end 1/16/2019
Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened / Fyre Fraud The story of a colossal music festival failure, told twice (and well) 1/16/2019
Stan & Ollie "Stan & Ollie" showcases Laurel, Hardy and the great actors playing them 1/10/2019
The Upside "The Upside" puts up pointless obstacles on two men's path to betterment 1/10/2019
True Detective "True Detective" restores its luster with Season 3, led by fiery Mahershala Ali 1/2/2019
On the Basis of Sex "On the Basis of Sex" makes weak argument for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's success 12/24/2018
Vice "Vice": Christian Bale transforms himself in a zany take on Dick Cheney 12/24/2018
Bird Box "Bird Box": Sandra Bullock at her best in a thriller of blinding skill 12/23/2018
If Beale Street Could Talk "If Beale Street Could Talk" a tender romance in a dark, all too recent reality 12/23/2018
Second Act "Second Act" review: Upbeat but familiar shtick from Jennifer Lopez 12/21/2018
Welcome to Marwen "Welcome to Marwen": The uplifting story of a charming figure and his action figure 12/20/2018
Aquaman "Aquaman" review: Soaked to the gills with fun 12/19/2018
Welcome to Marwen Steve Carell welcomes the challenge of "Welcome to Marwen" 12/18/2018
Vox Lux "Vox Lux" review: A career low for Natalie Portman 12/14/2018
Ben Is Back "Ben Is Back" review: Julia Roberts has never been better 12/13/2018
Mary Queen of Scots "Mary Queen of Scots": Two monarchs with the same message, over and over 12/13/2018
Mary Poppins Returns "Mary Poppins Returns": A revival in the most delightful way 12/12/2018
The Mule "The Mule" review: Clint Eastwood in a trafficking jam 12/12/2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" review: It's the wall-crawler's best movie yet 12/11/2018
Dumplin "Dumplin" " review: Good golly, so much Dolly Parton 12/7/2018
Asher "Asher" review: Ron Perlman nicely executes a hit-man role 12/6/2018
Roma "Roma" review: Every moment a masterpiece in Cuaron's gorgeous period piece 12/5/2018
The Favourite "The Favourite" review: Raunchy royal romp brings out best in 3 top actresses 11/29/2018
Robin Hood "Robin Hood" review: All this outlaw robs is your time 11/21/2018
At Eternity's Gate "At Eternity's Gate": Vincent van Gogh portrait painted with a shaky brush 11/20/2018
Creed II "Creed II" review: Plenty of heart, punch left in the franchise 11/20/2018
Beautiful Boy "Beautiful Boy" review: a sensitive addiction drama 11/19/2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet "Ralph Breaks the Internet" review: A GR8 chance to LOL 11/19/2018
Ballad of Buster Scruggs "Ballad of Buster Scruggs" review: The Coen brothers go west 11/16/2018
The Front Runner "The Front Runner" review: Gary Hart's crash, told with satire and sympathy 11/16/2018
Instant Family "Instant Family" review: Broad comedy blends badly with heavy-handed melodrama 11/15/2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" review: An overloaded chamber of subplots 11/13/2018
Widows "Widows" review: Viola Davis in one of the year's best movies 11/12/2018
A Private War "A Private War" review: Rosamund Pike acts with authenticity as combat correspondent 11/8/2018
Boy Erased "Boy Erased" review: Lucas Hedges does the heavy lifting as a gay teen being "cured" 11/8/2018
The Grinch "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" like you've never seen/With a Grinch who isn"t very mean 11/8/2018
Homecoming "Homecoming" review: Julia Roberts heads up Amazon series" knockout cast 11/2/2018
Suspira "Suspira" review: You can dance, you can die in convoluted horror remake 11/1/2018
Wildlife "Wildlife" review: Well-acted family drama doesn"t quite work 11/1/2018
Bohemian Rhapsody "Bohemian Rhapsody" review: Freddie Mercury bio is no pleasure cruise 10/31/2018
Mid90s "Mid90s" review: Jonah Hill makes a hella accurate '90s flashback 10/25/2018
What They Had "What They Had" review: Top-notch cast in a moving Chicago drama 10/25/2018
Halloween New "Halloween" stays true to splatter movie traditions 10/18/2018
The Oath "The Oath" review: Thanksgiving the setting for edgy social satire 10/18/2018
Bad Times at the El Royale "Bad Times at the El Royale" review: An homage to the Tarantino homages 10/12/2018
The Hate U Give "The Hate U Give" review: An emotional story reflecting realities of right now 10/12/2018
First Man "First Man" brilliantly depicts rise of Neil Armstrong, step by giant step 10/11/2018
A Star Is Born "A Star Is Born" review: The thrills aren't just musical 10/5/2018
All About Nina "All About Nina" review: A hot-mess comedian walks into a bar ... 10/4/2018
The Old Man & the Gun "The Old Man & the Gun": Robert Redford steals the show in final role 10/4/2018
Venom "Venom" review: The dumb plot and weak effects sting 10/4/2018
Blaze "Blaze" a sad, poetic portrait of best singer you"ve never heard of 9/30/2018
The Sisters Brothers "The Sisters Brothers" review: A new look at the Old West 9/28/2018
Smallfoot "Smallfoot" review: Zippy, silly animated tale applauds the curious nature of the beast 9/26/2018
A Happening of Monumental Proportions "A Happening of Monumental Proportions" review: Lots of stars in off-putting scenes 9/23/2018
Little Italy "Little Italy," like its laughable poster, seems to come from a dumber era 9/23/2018
The Predator "The Predator" review: Get to da exit! 9/13/2018
A Simple Favor "A Simple Favor" review: Kendrick, Lively click in wickedly funny thriller 9/12/2018
Peppermint "Peppermint" movie review: Jennifer Garner back to kicking butt in nasty revenge thriller 9/11/2018
Slice "Slice" review: Chance the Rapper fits right in with witty cast 9/11/2018
Kidding "Kidding" review: Jim Carrey brilliant as a despairing puppet show host 9/7/2018
Next Gen "Next Gen" overloads its animated robots with too many shifts in plot and tone 9/7/2018
Destination Wedding "Destination Wedding" review: Lots of lines for Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, no one else 9/6/2018
Operation Finale "Operation Finale" review: Eichmann capture somehow made formulaic 8/30/2018
The Wife "The Wife" review: Glenn Close knows her Nobel-winning husband is no prize 8/23/2018
Mile 22 "Mile 22" review: Mark Wahlberg in a gruesome, convoluted mess 8/17/2018
The Miseducation of Cameron Post / Down a Dark Hall 2 Reviews of "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" and "Down a Dark Hall," 2 teen girl dramas 8/17/2018
Crazy Rich Asians "Crazy Rich Asians" review: Upbeat, upscale rom-com delivers 24k entertainment 8/14/2018
Crazy Rich Asians How non-actor Henry Golding won the coveted lead role in "Crazy Rich Asians" 8/11/2018
BlacKkKlansman "BlacKkKlansman" review: Spike Lee delivers one of the best films of the year 8/8/2018
BlacKkKlansman Why is John David Washington the star of "BlacKkKlansman"? Because Spike Lee said so 8/7/2018
Christopher Robin "Christopher Robin" review: Winnie the Pooh fairy tale as sweet as hunny 8/3/2018
The Spy Who Dumped Me "The Spy Who Dumped Me" never lets Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon show comic chemistry 8/1/2018
Mission: Impossible — Fallout "Mission: Impossible — Fallout" review: Tom Cruise at his unstoppable best 7/26/2018
Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot "Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot" movie review: A tour-de-force for Joaquin Phoenix 7/20/2018
Eighth Grade "Eighth Grade" movie review — Brilliant film captures agony, ecstasy of adolescence 7/18/2018
Equalizer 2 Denzel Washington unstoppable in slick, well-acted "Equalizer 2" 7/18/2018
Mamma Mia 2 "Mamma Mia 2" review: Campy sequel sure to please fans 7/18/2018
Eating Animals "Eating Animals" film asks: Want food from a farmer or a factory? 7/13/2018
Skyscraper "Skyscraper" leaves Dwayne Johnson hanging a few too many times 7/12/2018
Whitney Candid Whitney Houston film reminds us how exciting the rise, how sad the fall 7/7/2018
Sharp Objects "Sharp Objects" should be first choice for summer appointment TV 7/6/2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp "Ant-Man and the Wasp" a buzzworthy sequel full of laughs and CGI thrills 7/5/2018
Leave No Trace Harsh and moving, "Leave No Trace" on the mark about life off the grid 7/5/2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado, "Sicario: Day of the Soldado," brilliant and a bit nuts, lives up to original 6/28/2018
Uncle Drew "Uncle Drew": NBA greats step up their joke game in a winning court comedy 6/28/2018
The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man.” The meaning of people's Bill Murray stories, outta nowhere 6/22/2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" is how bad? It's "Rocky V" bad 6/20/2018
Yellowstone "Yellowstone" TV series a juicy soap opera in Western attire 6/19/2018
Tag "Tag": In dopey comedy, nobody's a winner 6/15/2018
Gotti "Gotti" ranks low in the mob-movie hierarchy 6/14/2018
The Incredibles 2 "The Incredibles 2" succeeds but lacks the superpowers of the first 6/12/2018
Gotti John Travolta wears the jacket, and the jewelry, to nail mobster role in "Gotti" 6/9/2018
211 While "211" in progress, Nicolas Cage (mostly) plays it cool 6/7/2018
Hereditary "Hereditary" a slow build toward horror shocks not easily forgotten 6/7/2018
The Tale A woman confronts her teen trauma in HBO's powerful film "The Tale" 5/25/2018
On Chesil Beach "On Chesil Beach": As waves roar, a good-looking love story crashes 5/24/2018
First Reformed "First Reformed": Ethan Hawke stuns as a clergyman hot under the collar 5/23/2018
Always at the Carlyle "Always at the Carlyle": Insightful documentary peeks inside hotel of the stars 5/17/2018
Dark Crimes "Dark Crimes": Exploitation, manipulation and Jim Carrey at his bleakest 5/17/2018
Deadpool 2 "Deadpool 2" a dark, gruesome delight, from start to very funny finish 5/14/2018
Measure of a Man "Measure of a Man": In Bicentennial summer, a teen aims for some independence 5/10/2018
Terminal "Terminal" presents an outrageous plot, but eclectic cast makes it work 5/10/2018
Anon "Anon": Amanda Seyfried sticks in your mind as a sci-fi mystery woman 5/4/2018
The Week Of In "The Week Of," Adam Sandler plans a wedding ... for ruder, for poorer 4/27/2018
Avengers: Infinity War "Avengers: Infinity War" unites Stark and Star-Lord in a massive Marvel mashup 4/25/2018
Super Troopers 2 "Super Troopers 2" jokes about cops and Canada mostly misfire 4/19/2018
Super Troopers On way to medical career, Chicago native detoured to "Super Troopers" 4/18/2018
Rampage "Rampage" makes giant mutant gorilla, wolf and crocodile look stupid 4/12/2018
You Were Never Really Here In "You Were Never Really Here," the quiet moments show Joaquin Phoenix's power 4/12/2018
Andre The Giant "Andre the Giant" film sizes up the struggles of being Andre the man 4/9/2018
Paterno "Paterno": Al Pacino back in top form as the football legend tainted by scandal 4/6/2018
A Quiet Place "A Quiet Place": A family stays safe and soundless in well-crafted thriller 4/5/2018
Blockers In teen sex comedy "Blockers," the dirtier the antics, the dumber the jokes 4/5/2018
Jesus Christ Superstar In praise of "Jesus Christ Superstar," a generation's cool take on the gospels 3/29/2018
Ready Player One "Ready Player One": Come play with us in Spielberg's dazzling virtual universe 3/26/2018
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling "The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling" reveals deep emotions in the late comedian 3/24/2018
Midnight Sun "Midnight Sun" better than nothing, better than "Everything, Everything" 3/23/2018
Paul, Apostle of Christ "Paul, Apostle of Christ" thoughtfully depicts a disciple's final days 3/22/2018
Unsane "Unsane": On an iPhone, Steven Soderbergh creates effective little thriller 3/22/2018
7 Days in Entebbe "7 Days in Entebbe" turns audacious rescue into a listless thriller 3/14/2018
Gringo "Gringo" delivers one wild, wacky, convoluted ride you don"t want to miss 3/8/2018
Death Wish Little seems real — not Chicago, not bloodshed — in Bruce Willis" "Death Wish" 3/1/2018
Game Night In the likable cast of the violent comedy "Game Night," there are no losers 2/22/2018
Annihilation "Annihilation": Innovations abound as Natalie Portman ventures into the unknown 2/21/2018
Mercury in Retrograde "Mercury in Retrograde": Saugatuck trip an eye-opener in slice-of-life drama 2/15/2018
Basmati Blues "Basmati Blues": Yes, Brie Larson made a musical about rice, and it's terrible 2/9/2018
The 15:17 to Paris "The 15:17 to Paris": Performing an act of bravery doesn"t mean you can act 2/9/2018
The Ballad of Lefty Brown "The Ballad of Lefty Brown" puts Old West sidekick Bill Pullman out front 2/7/2018
’85: The Greatest Team in Football History Bears documentary shuffles '85 memories into a must-see time capsule 1/26/2018
42 Grams No modesty on the menu for Uptown chef profiled in painfully raw "42 Grams" 1/26/2018
A Futile and Stupid Gesture "A Futile and Stupid Gesture": A majorly meta telling of National Lampoon story 1/25/2018
Den of Thieves After exciting start, heist thriller "Den of Thieves" loses momentum 1/18/2018
Mom and Dad "Mom and Dad" has fun with a crazy premise: diseased parents hunting their kids 1/18/2018
12 Strong The war horsemen ride to Afghanistan's rescue in cliché collection "12 Strong" 1/17/2018
The Commuter The twists in Liam Neeson's "The Commuter" visible a mile down the tracks 1/11/2018
Phantom Thread "Phantom Thread": Daniel Day-Lewis gets to very fiber of a fussy man of fashion 1/9/2018
Hostiles "Hostiles": Wounds of the West heal slowly in brutal frontier tale 1/4/2018
The Post Steven Spielberg casts his glow over a brave '70s newsroom in "The Post" 1/3/2018
Bright Put an orc in it: Will Smith's cop fantasy "Bright" a Netflix disaster 12/26/2017
Molly's Game As character studies and poker tales go, "Molly's Game" the real deal 12/26/2017
Downsizing Intriguing "Downsizing" uses smaller people to explain bigger ideas 12/21/2017
I, Tonya Smart and funny, "I, Tonya" attempts some tricky moves, nails them all 12/21/2017
Hangman Rising above the lurid material, Al Pacino gives "Hangman" his all 12/20/2017
The Greatest Showman Catchy songs steal the show in "The Greatest Showman" 12/20/2017
Call Me by Your Name Beauty surrounds intense, unsettling fling in "Call Me by Your Name" 12/14/2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" stays true to joys of the franchise 12/12/2017
Bullet Head In dark thriller "Bullet Head," dogs wag the tale of a heist gone awry 12/8/2017
Darkest Hour "Darkest Hour": Gary Oldman brings out power, and flaws, of Churchill 12/6/2017
Voyeur "Voyeur": How famed writer Gay Talese got duped by a snoop 11/30/2017
Coco The exciting Land of the Dead is where "Coco" really comes to life 11/21/2017
Roman J. Israel, Esq. "Roman J. Israel, Esq." waylays a winning Denzel Washington character 11/21/2017
Mudbound Signs of hope can be a beautiful thrill in searing world of "Mudbound" 11/16/2017
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Humor, heartbreak merge in "Three Billboards ...," one of year's best 11/16/2017
Justice League Fun "Justice League" cleverly assembles a superhuman fight club 11/15/2017
I Love You, Daddy Louis C.K.'s "I Love You, Daddy": Impressive but impossible to enjoy 11/11/2017
All the Queen's Horses "All the Queen's Horses" plainly explains how Dixon got plundered 11/9/2017
Lady Bird Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird" so appealing, we can't wait to see her next 11/9/2017
Last Flag Flying "Last Flag Flying": Veterans" story told with wit and emotion 11/9/2017
Requiem for Running Back Director takes personal approach to CTE in "Requiem for Running Back" 11/9/2017
Tragedy Girls Seemingly smug at first, "Tragedy Girls" ends up effective horror 11/9/2017
Thor: Ragnarok In fun "Thor: Ragnarok," action unfolds with a goofy "Guardians" vibe 11/2/2017
All I See Is You "All I See Is You": Ridiculous behavior by Blake Lively, Jason Clarke 10/26/2017
The Killing of a Sacred Deer "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" chooses a unique style, sticks with it 10/26/2017
Killing Gunther Arnold Schwarzenegger hams it up with "SNL" alum in "Killing Gunther" 10/20/2017
Breathe Limited in actions, Andrew Garfield holds our attention in "Breathe" 10/19/2017
Goodbye Christopher Robin In "Goodbye Christopher Robin," harsh themes a bit of a bother 10/19/2017
Wheelman "Wheelman" successfully puts a supporting player in the driver's seat 10/19/2017
Only the Brave "Only the Brave" lays out the humanity of its firefighting heroes 10/18/2017
Brawl in Cell Block 99 Vince Vaughn a convincing prison brute in "Brawl in Cell Block 99" 10/12/2017
The Florida Project "The Florida Project" ably explores gloomy lives under sunny skies 10/12/2017
The Mountain Between Us "The Mountain Between Us": Irritating duo finds love on the rocks 10/5/2017
Blade Runner 2049 Visual marvel "Blade Runner 2049" as awesome as the original 10/2/2017
American Made "American Made": Tom Cruise charms as pilot with a need for greed 9/28/2017
Our Souls at Night "Our Souls at Night": Robert Redford, Jane Fonda in a lovely romance 9/28/2017
Woodshock In the "Woodshock" forest, pomposity grows and grows 9/28/2017
Let's Play 2 Pearl Jam at Wrigley: A thrill for Vedder and fans in "Let's Play Two" 9/27/2017
Brad's Status "Brad's Status" shocker: Ben Stiller as a bitter, resentful guy 9/21/2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Bigger and louder isn"t better for "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" 9/21/2017
American Assassin Ludicrous, badly cast "American Assassin" full of holes 9/14/2017
First They Killed My Father Angelina Jolie's expert touch evident in "First They Killed My Father" 9/14/2017
mother! O "mother!," what art thou? Odd Jennifer Lawrence film pounds senses 9/13/2017
The Limehouse Golem "The Limehouse Golem": Well-acted horror both fictional and factual 9/10/2017
IT No doubt about "IT": Stephen King clown puts serious scares on screen 9/6/2017
The Layover "The Layover": Bad acting by Kate Upton, co-stars fuels air disaster 9/3/2017
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Now in 3-D, brilliant "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" worth a fresh look 8/25/2017
Leap! Ballet tale "Leap!" seldom missteps (except for that murder thing) 8/24/2017
Good Time As sociopath thief, Robert Pattinson earns no empathy in "Good Time" 8/17/2017
Ingrid Goes West "Ingrid Goes West": Internet satire #blessed with perfectly cast stars 8/17/2017
Pilgrammage "Pilgrimage" sends Spidey, "Walking Dead" star on a 13th century quest 8/10/2017
The Glass Castle Attempt to redeem reprehensible dad cracks "The Glass Castle" 8/10/2017
Brigsby Bear "Brigsby Bear" smarter than the average indie dramedy 8/3/2017
The Dark Tower Stilted dialogue, McConaughey's corny villain crumble "The Dark Tower" 8/3/2017
Landline "Landline": Amusing '90s period piece strikes the right dial tone 7/27/2017
Atomic Blonde Charlize Theron joins action's top echelon with slick "Atomic Blonde" 7/26/2017
Detroit Tight focus intensifies the drama of riot recap "Detroit" 7/25/2017
First Kill Bruce Willis cop film "First Kill" goes with any refreshment of choice 7/20/2017
Dunkirk Christopher Nolan's deeply moving "Dunkirk" a triumph in filmmaking 7/18/2017
Blind In "Blind," the old chemistry comes back for Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore 7/13/2017
The Little Hours Plenty of hilarity amidst the heresy of "The Little Hours" 7/13/2017
A Ghost Story "A Ghost Story" finds meaning in one man's paranormal inactivity 7/12/2017
War for the Planet of the Apes No time for monkey business in gritty "War for the Planet of the Apes" 7/11/2017
Hickok A lesser Hemsworth tames Old West town in the cliché-riddled "Hickok" 7/6/2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming Unique "Spider-Man: Homecoming" explores school as much as skies 7/3/2017
The Big Sick "The Big Sick" turns unorthodox courtship into smart, silly rom-com 6/29/2017
The House Depressing, mean-spirited jokes in "The House" never pay off 6/29/2017
Baby Driver "Baby Driver" a high-speed vehicle for the fast and the hilarious 6/27/2017
Okja Satirical fairy tale "Okja" lets great actors go hog wild 6/26/2017
Maudie "Maudie": Sally Hawkins delights as a hard-luck pauper who loves life 6/22/2017
The Bad Batch Blending camp, cults, cameos & cannibals, "The Bad Batch" not all bad 6/22/2017
All Eyez on Me "All Eyez on Me" keeps it real on the good, bad of Tupac Shakur's life 6/16/2017
Beatriz at Dinner In "Beatriz at Dinner," the characters get emptier as the plates do 6/15/2017
Once Upon a Time in Venice "Once Upon a Time in Venice": Even in schlock, Bruce Willis entertains 6/15/2017
Rough Night Not the slo-mo walk! Script gets lazy as "Rough Night" women get crazy 6/15/2017
It Comes at Night "It Comes at Night" keeps us guessing about characters' nature 6/8/2017
Wakefield Selfish dad glowers in the attic in darkly funny "Wakefield" 6/8/2017
Megan Leavey That's one cool dog saving lives (and the heroine) in "Megan Leavey" 6/7/2017
War Machine In Netflix's "War Machine," Brad Pitt goes over the top — and it works 5/26/2017
Black Butterfly Promising chiller "Black Butterfly" wrecked by one twist too many 5/25/2017
Baywatch "Baywatch": A dumb TV show inspires a dumb movie 5/24/2017
Everything, Everything In teen tale "Everything, Everything," genuine emotions never get out 5/18/2017
Chuck "The Real Life Rocky" gets his due in appealing biopic "Chuck" 5/11/2017
The Wall "The Wall": Mystery of unseen sniper heightens thriller's tension 5/11/2017
Snatched Fun banter of Hawn, Schumer dashed when "Snatched" gets to jungle 5/10/2017
Illicit How deep are truths of the soapy thriller "Illicit"? Not very 5/4/2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" brings the funny and the feels 5/2/2017
The Circle "The Circle" uses latest tech culture to state old, tired ideas 4/28/2017
Queen of the Desert Nicole Kidman's "Queen of the Desert" moves at a camel's pace 4/13/2017
Win It All Jake Johnson plays intriguing Chicago character in "Win It All" 4/6/2017
Gifted Young math whiz gets a lesson in division in gripping "Gifted" 4/5/2017
The Discovery Ambitious and unnerving, "The Discovery" an afterlife delight 3/30/2017
Dig Two Graves "Dig Two Graves" offers fine acting, big thrills on a low budget 3/24/2017
T2 Trainspotting "T2 Trainspotting" mates older, not much wiser in worthy sequel 3/23/2017
Ottoman Lieutenant Poorly acted "Ottoman Lieutenant" also glosses over genocide 3/9/2017
The Shack "The Shack": Christian novel adaptation works in tedious ways 3/2/2017
Logan In "Logan," reinvented Wolverine makes a deep impression 3/1/2017
Dark Night Artsy "Dark Night" takes aim at shooting sprees, misses 2/23/2017
Get Out "Get Out" earns its laughs while honoring horror traditions 2/22/2017
Fist Fight Don"t subject yourself to mean, humor-free "Fist Fight" 2/16/2017
The Great Wall "The Great Wall" a ridiculous monster epic made in China 2/15/2017
Alone in Berlin Measured "Alone in Berlin" delivers noteworthy message 2/10/2017
John Wick: Chapter 2 Keanu Reeves back with a vengeance in "John Wick: Chapter 2" 2/9/2017
A Dog's Purpose "A Dog's Purpose" a doggy downer of grief, neglect 1/25/2017
Paterson Poet in motion: Bus driver watches world pass by in "Paterson" 1/19/2017
Split M. Night Shyamalan back to his old magic with gripping "Split" 1/18/2017
The Founder "The Founder": Intelligent fun on a sesame seed bun 1/17/2017
20th Century Women Annette Bening the standout of superb "20th Century Women" cast 1/12/2017
A Monster Calls Talking tree all bark, little bite in "A Monster Calls" 1/5/2017
Silence "Silence": Scorsese revisits issues of faith in haunting style 1/5/2017
La La Land Exhilarating "La La Land" depicts love in classic musical fashion 12/15/2016
Bad Santa 2 "Bad Santa 2": Thornton's crass Kringle returns minus the humor 11/23/2016
Moana Catchy songs, charming teen star animate the gorgeous "Moana" 11/21/2016
Christine Rebecca Hall a stunner as a doomed reporter in "Christine" 11/17/2016
Arrival Prof tries to talk to the aliens in exhilarating "Arrival" 11/10/2016
Almost Christmas "Almost Christmas": Great cast home, hopelessly lame for holidays 11/9/2016
Hacksaw Ridge The blood and the beliefs flow in Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge" 11/2/2016
Moonlight "Moonlight": Boy becomes man in a vibrant film about a tough life 10/27/2016
The Handmaiden "The Handmaiden": Crush complicates the con in multi-layered tale 10/27/2016
The Accountant "The Accountant": Ben Affleck an entertaining transaction hero 10/12/2016
American Honey "American Honey" an eye-opening peek at how young people party 10/6/2016
The Girl on the Train "The Girl on the Train": Ludicrous thriller goes off the rails 10/5/2016
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" neglects the kids 9/29/2016
Queen of Katwe "Queen of Katwe": Uplifting story of playing chess for success 9/21/2016
Magnificent Seven Lightweight "Magnificent Seven" entertains with guns blazing 9/20/2016
Snowden In "Snowden," Oliver Stone depicts the NSA leaker as pure hero 9/14/2016
Sully "Sully": Brace for emotional impact of Tom Hanks" cockpit triumph 9/9/2016
The Light Between Oceans "The Light Between Oceans": Soap gets in your teary eyes 8/30/2016
Hands of Stone "Hands of Stone": As Roberto Duran, Ramirez boxes like a champ 8/25/2016
War Dogs Jonah Hill, Miles Teller armed and hilarious in slick "War Dogs" 8/16/2016
Hell or High Water "Hell or High Water": Modern western the year's best film so far 8/11/2016
Bad Moms "Bad Moms": Funny women go awesomely over the top 7/28/2016
Jason Bourne "Jason Bourne": A welcome return for Matt Damon's spirited spy 7/28/2016
Microbe & Gasoline "Microbe & Gasoline": Teen outcasts roam under eternal sunshine 7/28/2016
Tallulah "Tallulah": The funny, moving story of a baby snatcher 7/28/2016
Nerve Determined to be hip, "Nerve" catches all the high school cliches 7/26/2016
Lights Out "Lights Out": In the dark, this supremely scary movie glows 7/21/2016
Ghostbusters "Ghostbusters" reboot a horrifying mess 7/17/2016
Swiss Army Man "Swiss Army Man": Bold, weird, with Daniel Radcliffe good & dead 6/30/2016
The Legend of Tarzan "The Legend of Tarzan": Decent jungle yarn, nothing to yell about 6/29/2016
Independence Day: Resurgence "Independence Day: Resurgence": Quality descends in sci-fi sequel 6/25/2016
Free State of Jones "Free State of Jones": Debatable premise but brilliant execution 6/23/2016
The Neon Demon "The Neon Demon": Stylish horror story lacks much substance 6/23/2016
Genius "Genius": In biopic, great actors play great authors with gusto 6/16/2016
Not a Stranger "Not a Stranger" has real feel for Chicago talk, Chicago streets 6/9/2016
The Conjuring 2 "The Conjuring 2": Too much of a good, scary thing 6/7/2016
Me Before You "Me Before You" goes to extremes to wring the tears 6/2/2016
X-Men: Apocalypse Quicksilver's heroics rev up routine "X-Men: Apocalypse" 5/24/2016
Love & Friendship "Love & Friendship" has strong sense of Austen's sensibility 5/19/2016
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" stays too long at the party 5/18/2016
The Nice Guys "The Nice Guys": Crowe, Gosling hard-bitten but hilarious 5/17/2016
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 12 things you didn"t know about "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" 5/15/2016
Being Charlie "Being Charlie": Stoned or sober, the hero's a little weasel 5/12/2016
How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town "How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town" neither sexy nor funny 5/12/2016
Money Monster George, Julia the key assets in tense, funny "Money Monster" 5/12/2016
The Trust "The Trust": Nicolas Cage, Jerry Lewis and an entertaining heist 5/11/2016
Captain America: Civil War "Captain America: Civil War" review: Choose your own avenger 5/3/2016
Mother's Day "Mother's Day": Stupid crapfest should be neither seen nor heard 4/28/2016
The Meddler "The Meddler": Susan Sarandon wins us over with her mom mentality 4/28/2016
Elvis & Nixon "Elvis & Nixon": 2 pros excel as icons with ambitious minds 4/19/2016
Criminal "Criminal": Kevin Costner stoked, Oldman a joke in loony thriller 4/13/2016
The Jungle Book "The Jungle Book": It all looks real as boy meets talking animals 4/12/2016
Mr. Right "Mr. Right": Sam Rockwell as the hit man of her dreams 4/7/2016
Remember "Remember": An improbable revenge story with some wrinkles 4/7/2016
I Saw the Light "I Saw the Light": Routine Hank Williams bio looks, sounds great 3/30/2016
Get a Job "Get a Job": A decent millennial comedy emerges from limbo 3/24/2016
Eddie the Eagle "Eddie the Eagle": Skiing is believing in uplifting story reminiscent of "Rudy" 3/6/2016
Rolling Papers "Rolling Papers": Pot becomes legal, and newspaper rolls with it 3/6/2016
The Big Short "The Big Short": Jocular fun with collateralized debt obligations 3/6/2016
Zootopia "Zootopia": Clever critters in one of the best animated films ever 3/2/2016
Home Alone From 1991: Richard Roeper visits the "Home Alone" house in Winnetka 12/4/2015
I Smile Back "I Smile Back": As a destructive addict, Sarah Silverman shows serious talent 11/5/2015
Experimenter "Experimenter": Stylistic jolts don"t always help academic drama 10/21/2015
Mahogany In 1975's "Mahogany," Diana Ross timeless, but the attitudes aren't 8/21/2015
Digging For Fire "Digging for Fire": Discovery in the dirt unearths some truths 8/20/2015
Strangerland "Strangerland": Nicole Kidman, beautiful images in irritating Aussie story 7/9/2015
Self/Less "Self/Less": Body switch leads to fascinating questions, tiresome action 7/6/2015
Inside Out "Inside Out": A funny, gorgeous exploration of one girl's brain 6/15/2015
True Story James Franco delivers powerful performance as real-life killer in "True Story" 4/16/2015
An Honest Liar "An Honest Liar": How the Amazing Randi debunked psychic frauds 3/19/2015
Focus "Focus": Will Smith clearly back on track in smart, stylish film 2/27/2015
The Babadook "The Babadook": Storybook monster comes to life in year's scariest movie 12/18/2014
Come As You Are "Come As You Are" review: Funny movie freshens up the road-trip cliches 11/20/2014
Interstellar "Interstellar": Epic beauty in its effects and its ideas 11/4/2014
Nightcrawler "Nightcrawler": Jake Gyllenhaal a convincing creep, but gaffes spoil story 10/30/2014
Rudderless "Rudderless": Jarring twist makes a good film even better 10/16/2014
A Walk Among the Tombstones "A Walk Among the Tombstones": Liam Neeson, wise and weary 9/18/2014
This Is Where I Leave You "This Is Where I Leave You": Tina Fey, Jason Bateman deserve better 9/18/2014
Tusk "Tusk": Kevin Smith's uniquely twisted curiosity cuts deep 9/18/2014

One-Minute Movie Critic

Mini-reviews of recent releases for viewing at home or in theaters. All reviews by Richard Roeper unless otherwise noted.

★★★★ Superior | ★★★ Recommended | ★★ OK | ★ Time-waster | NR Not rated

Black Widow | ★★1⁄2: A disappointingly lightweight Marvel movie tells the origin story of Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) forced into the Russian spy game and taught the skills that will make her Black Widow. It has the feel of a lesser Bond film, with a cartoonishly forgettable villain and far too much time devoted to domestic soap opera antics played for easy laughs and unconvincing sentimentality. See it: In theaters, on Disney+. (PG-13, 133 min.)

Candyman | ★★★1⁄2: Billed as a spiritual and direct sequel to the 1992 original, this is a worthy successor with far superior production values and an equally powerful story combining traditional GOTCHA! horror moments and some suitably gory splatter moments with running themes about urban legends, institutional racism and social class warfare. See it: In theaters. (R, 91 min.)

The Card Counter | ★★★★: In one of the best films of 2021, Oscar Isaac delivers a simmering, intense performance as a methodical gambler who tries to steer a damaged young man (Tye Sheridan) away from a kidnapping scheme. Writer-director Paul Schrader expertly captures the equal parts exciting and depressing worlds of casinos. See it: In theaters. (R, 109 min.)

Cinderella | ★★★: Making her acting debut in the title role, singer-songwriter Camila Cabello displays not only the expected vocal chops but a real knack for comedy. This is upbeat and breezy take on the fairy tale, laced with sharp humor and filled with positive messages and familiar pop tunes refashioned to fit the storyline. See it: In theaters, on Amazon Prime. (PG, 113 min.)

Coda | ★★★: A gifted teen singer (Emilia Jones) who’s the only hearing member of her family considers leaving home for a prestigious music school, to the chagrin of her deaf mother (Marlee Matlin). You can see every plot point coming from around the corner, but you can’t help but get swept up in the unique and complicated but deeply loving family dynamic in this sweet and smart drama. See it: At Landmark Century Centre, on Apple TV+. (PG-13, 111 min.)

Flag Day | ★★★: In this raw and lovely and sometimes heartbreakingly authentic character study, Dylan Penn stars as a young woman trying to deal in her teens and 20s with her disappointing con artist of a dad. The father is played by Penn’s real-life father Sean, directing himself for the first time, and the two are mesmerizing together. See it: In theaters. (R, 108 min.)

Free Guy | ★★★: Ryan Reynolds knocks it out of the park as an eternally optimistic patsy in a video game who one day falls for an action avatar (charming Jodie Comer) and strays from his usual pathway, disrupting his digital world as well as the real world. Shawn Levy directs with great style and a suitably pop-art look. See it: In theaters. (PG-13, 115 min.)

The Gateway | ★★★: A tough-guy social worker (Shea Whigham) in St. Louis tries to protect a client (Olivia Munn) from her husband, an abusive criminal, in this entertaining B-movie with excellent performances, crackling dialogue and some quirky twists and turns. See it: On demand. (R, 91 min.)

The Green Knight | ★★★1⁄2: It’s always thrilling when a film’s world engulfs us from the opening moments, and that’s certainly the case with this take on Arthurian legend and its magical, dream-like look. Dev Patel is a wonder as the king’s nephew Gawain, who recklessly challenges the imposing title character. See it: In theaters. (R, 132 min.)

He’s All That | ★★: In a gender-swapping remake of “She’s All That” (1999), a social media influencer (TikTok star Addison Rae) bets that she can transform a sullen classmate (Tanner Buchanan) into prom king. This movie is pure cotton candy — sweet and brightly colored and a bit of a guilty pleasure. See it: On Netflix. (NR, 91 min.)

Jungle Cruise | ★★: In 1916, a plucky British botanist (Emily Blunt) hires the captain (Dwayne Johnson) of a dilapidated boat to take her deep into the Amazon in this overlong and unsatisfying half-a-thrill-ride. It takes too many dark and visually grotesque turns to be suitable fare for very young audiences but isn’t sophisticated or smart enough for adults. See it: In theaters, on Disney+. (PG-13, 127 min.)

Karen | ★: There’s little room for subtlety in this poorly executed film about a racist woman named Karen (Taryn Manning) abusing the Black couple who just moved in next door. It’s a fictional tale about one of the worst people on the planet, and it’s also one of the worst movies of 2021. See it: On demand. (NR, 89 min.)

Kate | ★★★: The always compelling Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays an assassin in this stylish and ultra-violent and wildly over-the-top action thriller. Injected with a deadly serum, she pursues revenge and keeps watch over a teenage sidekick in her remaining 15 hours of life. See it: On Netflix. (NR, 106 min.)

Malignant |: A pregnant Seattle woman (Annabelle Wallis) has horrific dreams about grisly murders that turn out to be real. This humorless and offensively sadistic film from director James Wan (“The Conjuring”) fails to capture any sort of authentic emotion or make any meaningful statements about trauma. (Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press) See it: In theaters, on HBO Max. (R, 111 min.)

No Man of God | ★★★: Though the 1970s murder spree of Ted Bundy is familiar territory, this chilling drama offers a unique perspective, portraying the serial killer’s interviews with an FBI profiler (Elijah Wood). Luke Kirby plays Bundy with uncanny and unsettling effectiveness. See it: On demand. (NR, 100 min.)

Old | ★★: Despite an intriguing premise, this is another of director M. Night Shyamalan’s thudding disappointments. A family visits a beautiful, secret beach where the young children abruptly grow into teenagers and the film sinks under the weight of the flat performances and the stilted dialogue. See it: In theaters. (PG-13, 108 min.)

The Protege | ★★: Despite the power trio of Maggie Q (as an assassin avenging the murder of her mentor), Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton, this is the kind of movie that fills us with viewer déjà vu. We’ve seen it all before, often done with more style, a better brand of dark humor and smarter plots. See it: In theaters. (R, 109 min.)

Queenpins | ★★1⁄2: A pair of neighbors (Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste) make millions with an illegal coupon-selling enterprise. The broad comedy relies too much on scatological humor, farcical sequences and a not entirely convincing message that these women were feminist, Robin Hood heroes. See it: In theaters. (R, 110 min.)

Reminiscence | ★★: A military vet (Hugh Jackman) who uses his invention to help people relive happy memories falls in love with a femme fatale (Rebecca Ferguson) who goes missing. There are moments of beauty and fascinating weirdness in this sci-fi noir, but the screenplay veers down too many different pathways and never quite comes together. See it: On HBO Max. (PG-13, 116 min.)

Respect | ★★★1⁄2: Jennifer Hudson is the perfect choice to play Aretha Franklin in this formulaic biopic of the Queen of Soul’s well-chronicled life and times. There’s great supporting work from Forest Whitaker as her father and Marlon Wayans as her first husband, but the standout is Hudson, giving the most layered, most complex, most formidable and most enthralling performance of her career. See it: In theaters. (PG-13, 145 min.)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings | ★★★: Playing a lesser-known Marvel hero, likable Simu Liu stars as an underachieving parking valet forced to use his dormant fighting skills to stop his powerful warlord father (the magnificent Tony Leung). This is a visually popping fable with a wonderful cast, a screenplay brimming with sharp and funny dialogue, and some pretty cool fight sequences.r. See it: In theaters. (PG-13, 132 min.)

Small Engine Repair | ★★★1⁄2: Leading a first-rate ensemble cast, John Pollono and Jon Bernthal play tough-guy friends heading into a night when crimes will be committed and loyalties will be tested. While tackling subject matter that is raw and controversial, the film becomes a searing viewing experience you won’t easily shake off. See it: In theaters. (R, 103 min.)

Stillwater | ★★★1⁄2: Matt Damon turns in one of the finest performances of his career as a stoic oil worker from Oklahoma traveling to France to visit his imprisoned daughter. It’s a provocative and stirring story, and even when it comes close to flying off the rails, Damon holds steady. See it: In theaters. (R, 140 min.)

The Suicide Squad | ★★★: More a do-over of the 2016 “Suicide Squad” debacle than a reboot, this is a darkly funny, blood-spattered mashup of wisecracking humor, elaborate and CGI-infused action sequences. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Col Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) are joined by new squadmates The Peacemaker (John Cena) and Bloodsport (Idris Elba). See it: In theaters. (R, 143 min.)

Sweet Girl | ★1⁄2: The rage of a single dad (Jason Momoa) who lost his wife to cancer puts him in the sights of a hitman and the FBI. The “Aquaman” star is more than serviceable, but we’re not buying what the script is selling, not for a hot second. See it: On Netflix. (R, 110 min.)

Together | ★★★: Sharon Horgan and James McAvoy deliver searing and stunningly good performances as a couple unleashing their frustrations and intense dislike for each other while in pandemic lockdown. It’s sometimes difficult to watch such raw vitriol, but it’s also darkly funny throughout, and there are moments of true tenderness and maybe even love. See it: On demand. (R, 92 min.)

The Voyeurs | ★★: Spying into the window of the hot neighbors has dire consequences for a young couple (Sydney Sweeney and Justice Smith) in a salacious and wildly implausible story that flies off the cliff and into an abyss of creepy, ludicrous and ultimately ridiculous twists and turns. See it: On Amazon Prime Video. (R, 121 min.)

Worth | ★★1⁄2: Michael Keaton plays the real-life attorney who volunteered to help determine the financial worth of each victim of 9/11 and convince the families the government’s compensation offers were fair. Well-acted but unfortunately dry and slow-paced, the drama falls just short of warranting a recommendation. See it: On Netflix. (NR, 118 min.)


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