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NEW: American Made – Official Trailer

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Q-and-A with Lebron James and his childhood friends

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Roeper’s Written Review: ‘Wonder Woman’

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Roeper’s Written Review: ‘Wonder Woman’

 

ROUGH NIGHT – Official Green Band Trailer

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

RR Defends “Women Only” screenings of “Wonder Woman”

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Roeper’s Written Review: ‘War Machine’

Friday, May 26th, 2017

CLICK HERE FOR ROEPER’S WRITTEN REVIEW OF ‘WAR MACHINE’

 

Roeper’s Written Review: ‘Black Butterfly’

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR ROEPER’S WRITTEN REVIEW OF ‘BLACK BUTTERFLY

 

NEW: Transformers: The Last Knight | International Trailer | Paramount Pictures International

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Roeper Reviews: ‘Lowriders’

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

‘Lowriders’
Three stars

Looks like there’s some Shakespeare under that hood.
“Lowriders” is all about the So-Cal culture of street art, classic cars—and blood ties of Latino families. It’s a gritty and well-made if predictable story about the complicated, sometimes tragic, sometimes heartwarming dynamics between multiple generations of one family in particular.

There’s an elegant fierceness to the great Demian Bichir’s performance as the family patriarch, Miguel.
With his shaved head, jet-black modified goatee, stark tattoos and fiery gaze, Miguel doesn’t have to say a word to let you know he’s a force to be reckoned with—but these days Miguel, a recovering alcoholic still dealing with anger issues, is trying to walk the righteous path.
Miguel is devoted to his young son Danny (Gabriel Chavarria); his wife Gloria (Eva Longoria); and Gloria’s daughter from a previous union (Montse Hernandez). And he has nearly as much love for his prized, beautifully restored 1961 Chevrolet Impala, which he has nicknamed “Green Poison.”
The story of “Lowriders” is actually told through the eyes of Danny, a teenage tagger and aspiring artist that says (with a combination of bravado and naivete) that L.A. neighborhoods such as Boyle Heights are his canvas.
Danny’s girlfriend Claudia (Yvette Monreal) has a college scholarship in hand, so she wisely takes off just before Danny and his best friend Chuy (Tony Revolori, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) are busted. Doesn’t take long for Danny to connect with a hipster photographer (Melissa Benoist, looking nothing like “Supergirl”), who calls him on his B.S. and challenges him to care enough to try to fulfill his potential.
Theo Rossi (Juice fron “Sons of Anarchy”) adds an electric spark to the story as Danny’s older brother Francisco, aka “Ghost”—so nicknamed because he’s been in prison for nearly a decade and has been virtually forgotten by the family. Miguel never once visited Francisco, and Danny has grown up without knowing his big brother at all.
If you think this is going to lead to some fiery confrontations between Ghost and his father, and some moments of deep revelation—well, of course. “Lowriders” drives down some predictable roadways, but the performances are so strong, and the look of the film is so arresting, the melodrama is always eminently watchable. (Director Ricardo de Montreuil and cinematographer Andres E. Sanchez are constantly reminding us there are always new and fresh ways to shoot the streets of Los Angeles.)
Eva Longoria gives one of her most authentic performances as the strong and loving Gloria. Ross brings a wounded intensity to his character. Chavarria’s narration is a tad low key, but his performance is natural and effective.
And then there are those gorgeous, bouncing, roaring, sexy, gleaming cars. They’re almost characters unto themselves, as symbols of cultural pride and expression and strength.

Richard Roeper Reviews “The 24-Hour War”

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

First, the talented and versatile director/producer Nate Adams and the terrific and always entertaining cynic/humorist/author/podcaster/actor/filmmaker/racing enthusiast/bunch of other stuff Adam Carolla teamed up for “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman,” a fascinating documentary about the legendary actor’s 35-year career as a serious race car driver and owner.

Now they pair up for “The 24 Hour War,” an equally gripping doc about the intense, oft-dangerous, high-stakes rivalry between the Ford and Ferrari dynasties, leading up to some epic battles of the 1960s at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Given their storytelling abilities and their passion for cars, I’m pretty sure these guys could give us an entertaining doc about the fiasco of the 1971 Ford Pinto, the heartbreak of the Pontiac Aztek–or why Hot Wheels were always cooler than Matchbox Cars.

“The 24 Hour War” is the definitive look at the high-speed, high-stakes feud between Ford and Ferrari, featuring some great archival footage, insightful interviews with legends such as Mario Andretti (who still has a movie star presence) looking back on the rivalry, and constant visual reminders of just how cool and gorgeous those cars were in the 1960s–and just how crazy the drivers were, to the point where they wouldn’t take the time to buckle up their seatbelts at Le Mans because it might mean losing a precious second or two of time at the start of the race.

Roeper Review: Three and a half stars

 
 
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