Richard Roeper’s holiday movie preview includes new works by great directors including Ridley Scott, Paul Thomas Anderson and Steven Spielberg.
ROEPER: The documentary examines the “Aladdin” star’s personal losses, his controversies and his notorious cheapness.
ROEPER: The inspiring story of Charles Dickens and his creation of Ebenezer Scrooge is a lovely antidote to lumps of coal like ‘Daddy’s Home 2.’
ROEPER: His intriguing legal savant gets lost in the fog of a confusing and sometimes implausible story line.
Animated fantasy set in Mexico and beyond packs the usual spectacular Pixar visuals.
Jacob Tremblay stars as the 10-year-old who is smart and decent, but also prone to outbursts of temper.
ROEPER: Just about everyone in director/co-writer Dee Rees’ brutally effective 1940s period piece is living in some version of Hell on Earth.
As a grieving but angry mother demanding answers, Frances McDormand carries the story with fierce, foul-mouthed, abrasive, ferociously loving heart.
ROEPER: Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and the others come together with the right mix of the heavy and the humorous.
Creepiness dominates the sullied comedian’s narcissistic tribute to Woody Allen. No wonder it’s been held back from release.
ROEPER: Satirical slasher’s lead actresses full of surprises.
ROEPER: With ‘A Bad Mom’s Christmas’ still out, we have our choice of depressingly dumb holiday comedies.
In a brilliant and brave documentary, filmmaker explores the game’s impact on her father, NFL great Lewis Carpenter.
ROEPER: Still feel shortchanged by Steven Yeun’s departure from ‘The Walking Dead’? He takes vengeance in this fantastically creative film.
Documentary applies the right mix of whimsy and serious reporting to the story of Rita Crundwell’s fraud in the comptroller’s office.