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‘Son of God’: The Good Shepherd in a not-so-good movie

You feel worse about ripping some films than others. If it’s exploitative dreck or cynical torture porn or a brainless sequel, you just fire away, grateful for the opportunity to vent and to warn movie-lovers to stay away. This is not the case with “Son …

The 3 implausible faces of Halle


Well, this one took a while to get a wide release. How long? When filming on “Frankie & Alice” commenced, Barack Obama had just been elected president. For the first time. Shot in Vancouver in late 2008 and early 2009, the Halle Berry vehicle “Frankie …

Not just for the devotees


Those who find the films of Wes Anderson off-puttingly mannered and artificial aren’t likely to be converted by “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which plays out, even more than usual, in a peculiar world of its own. If you admire Anderson at his best, though (“Rushmore,” …

‘300: Rise of an Empire’: More brilliant battles and gorgeous gore


RICHARD ROEPER: In this sort-of sequel, the performances are uniformly good, especially Eva Green as a complex, colorful villain.

Sarah Jessica Parker launches shoe line worthy of Carrie Bradshaw


“Sex and the City” star comes to Chicago to tout her footwear partnership with the CEO of Manolo Blahnik.

‘12 Years a Slave’ wins top Academy Award


The trophy for Steve McQueen’s brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” marks the first best picture Oscar-winning film directed by a black filmmaker.

‘Non-Stop’: Liam Neeson earns his wings


RICHARD ROEPER: Liam the Great continues his late, middle-age run as the baddest action hero on the plane as a federal air marshal trying to prevent midflight murders.

‘The Lego Movie’: Comedy and visuals connect in spectacular fashion


BILL ZWECKER: The fun-packed film promises a great time both for kids and the adults taking them to see it.

‘The Monuments Men’: Entertaining war adventure with a retro feel


RICHARD ROEPER: Director and star George Clooney turns the story of curators recovering stolen art from the Nazis into an “Ocean’s Eleven”-style caper.

‘RoboCop’ remake lacks intent, insight of original


RICHARD ROEPER: The update’s steely exterior is tarnished by a wooden leading man and a weak point of view.

‘About Last Night’: Smart, sexy and a long way from Mamet


RICHARD ROEPER: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant are easy to like in a remake that nicely captures the rhythms of a relationship.

A film artist unveils her ‘visual manifesto’ on Chicago


Sarah Morris, known for her cinematic studies of cities including Miami and Beijing, depicts Chicago with images of systems, signs and surfaces.

‘Winter’s Tale’: An old-fashioned train wreck of a film


RICHARD ROEPER: A beloved book and a skilled cast led by Colin Farrell can’t stop the tide of the overwhelmingly cheesy story.

Gary film fest presents ‘positive’ black cinema


Gary’s third annual Film Festival is designed to highlight black cinema that is uplifting and inspirational.

Vernon G. Smith, one of the festival’s organizers, does not want young people ensnared in films that lean “towards gangsters and negative kinds of things.”

The festival is set …

Richard Roeper: It’s down to three for top Oscar


Most of the nine nominees for Best Picture don’t stand a chance, and the movie likely to win has been the favorite for a while

‘Hustle,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ top Globes winners


The con-artist caper “American Hustle” looked every bit the Oscar front-runner at the Golden Globes, winning acting awards for Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.