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Richard Roeper's column has been appearing in the Sun-Times for more than 20 years. The column has garnered numerous awards, including the National Headliner Award …Read More

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A serviceable life story

If you don’t remember hearing much about a Winnie Mandela biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, that’s probably because it was filmed more than three years ago, showcased to negative reaction at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, given a brief release in Canada in 2012 — and …

‘Elysium’ review: great Matt Damon action, awful Jodie Foster acting

RICHARD ROEPER: It’s amazing how bad Foster is in this sci-fi thriller, but that doesn’t take away from the breathtaking effects and Damon’s dogged performance in one of the most entertaining action films of the year.

As wounded bird, Cate Blanchett soars in ‘Blue Jasmine’

RICHARD ROEPER: The actress dives into the showcase role of a humbled society wife and knocks it out of the park. Woody Allen, six decades into his career, is still capable of writing and directing one of the liveliest, funniest and sharpest movies of the year.

Disney’s forgettable ‘Planes’ deserves few props

RICHARD ROEPER: The animation is first-rate, but planes can’t be infused with enough personality to earn a place alongside better movies’ lions, toys and fish.

‘The Butler’ moves gracefully through history

RICHARD ROEPER: In director Lee Daniels’ sweeping drama, Forest Whitaker excels as a discreet witness to pivotal moments at the White House. It’s mainstream entertainment, not a good-for-you history lesson.

‘The Spectacular Now’ one of the year’s best

RICHARD ROEPER: As a shy teen romanced by a popular classmate, Shailene Woodley is brilliant every moment she’s on screen in a movie that makes us feel as if we’re eavesdropping on real life.

It’s the apocalypse — and how — in hilarious ‘This Is the End’

RICHARD ROEPER: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and even Rihanna show up in one of the most tasteless and ridiculous comedies of the 21st century. In its own sloppy way, “This Is the End” is just about perfect at executing its mission, which is to poke fun at its stars, exhaust every R-rated possibility to get a laugh, and even sneak in a few insights into Hollywood, the celebrity culture and the nature of faith.

Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg open fire in ‘2 Guns’

RICHARD ROEPER: The two stars are great together as undercover lawmen teamed up against a common foe. With a funny if sometimes convoluted script, it’s a hot mess, but cool fun.

Review: ‘We’re the Millers’ offers occasional highs

RICHARD ROEPER: Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis play a fake couple smuggling weed in a comedy that’s just good enough to keep you entertained.

Pints well taken in ‘The World’s End’

RICHARD ROEPER: Reunited high school mates go on a pub crawl that takes an insane twist in the latest hilarious film from the “Shaun of the Dead” team.