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RICHARD ROEPER: A mobster’s wife and kids share his violent ways in a weirdly effective comedy starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. ]]> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:17:15 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘Short Term 12’ wise beyond its years ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: Star Brie Larson a revelation in a movie about at-risk teens that’s slyly funny, graceful, tender and peppered with moments of small joy. ]]> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:07:27 -0600 <![CDATA[ Marriage, stripped down ]]> Lead story image

The biggest problem with “Afternoon Delight” is if these were the people in your neighborhood, you’d start looking for another neighborhood. Just about everyone in this film — including the people we’re supposed to like or at least want to spend time with — is self-absorbed, whiny and depressed. Even the kids seem about one tantrum away from medicated assistance. Kathryn Hahn is an actress known mostly for deftly played supporting characters on TV shows such as “Parks and Recreation” and “Girls,” and in movies such as “We’re the Millers.” She can be very funny. As the lead in “Afternoon … ]]> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:54:25 -0600 <![CDATA[ A serviceable life story ]]> Lead story image

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 then just drifted into the Library of Forgotten Movies, which is filled with hundreds of titles that never get widespread theatrical play. Based on the reviews from Toronto and the Hollywood buzz over the years, word on “Winnie Mandela” was not good, to put it mildly. Rescued by Bishop T.D. Jakes and Image Entertainment, “Winnie … ]]> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:54:20 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘Elysium’ review: great Matt Damon action, awful Jodie Foster acting ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 07:33:34 -0600 <![CDATA[ As wounded bird, Cate Blanchett soars in ‘Blue Jasmine’ ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 06:06:45 -0600 <![CDATA[ Disney’s forgettable ‘Planes’ deserves few props ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 06:09:49 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘The Butler’ moves gracefully through history ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 07:06:11 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘The Spectacular Now’ one of the year’s best ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:14:44 -0600 <![CDATA[ It’s the apocalypse — and how — in hilarious ‘This Is the End’ ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:01:57 -0600 <![CDATA[ Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg open fire in ‘2 Guns’ ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 06:28:18 -0600 <![CDATA[ Review: ‘We’re the Millers’ offers occasional highs ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:45:11 -0600 <![CDATA[ Pints well taken in ‘The World’s End’ ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 06:09:46 -0600