Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

Richard Roeper

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Richard:

10 best movies offering big entertainment in small spaces

Like many of us now, the characters in ‘Rear Window,’ ‘The Breakfast Club,’ ‘Panic Room’ and these other great films seldom stray from one location → Read More

‘Scoob!’ review: Boisterous Scooby-Doo movie needs a muzzle

A few good lines and voice performances can’t overcome the animated film’s convoluted tone. → Read More

‘Blackballed’ review: Call this Donald Sterling doc ‘The Last Dunce’

Worthwhile Quibi film chronicles the NBA and players’ response to racist remarks by Clippers owner → Read More

‘The Great’: Would-be satire of Russian empress Catherine isn’t even good

Hulu series wants to be a witty and dark historical comedy but doesn’t succeed. → Read More

‘Snowpiercer’ review: Train rolls on in bloody, sometimes bizarre series

Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs star in the great-looking sci-fi show about the class system aboard a nonstop train of the future. → Read More

‘Capone’: Grotesque scenes soil Tom Hardy’s strong work as the mob boss in decline

The movie about the gangster’s last year alive rubs our noses in filth. → Read More

‘Trial by Media’ on Netflix looks at Jenny Jones, Rod Blagojevich, other hyped trials

Somber series explores the media buzz around Rod Blagojevich, Jenny Jones and other hot-button trials. → Read More

Yes, it’s silly, but is ‘Valley Girl’ remake inept too? Fer sure, fer sure

Frothy version of the ’80s comedy makes some bad casting and music choices → Read More

‘I Know This Much is True’: Mark Ruffalo doubly good in series wallowing in misery

Playing twins, Mark Ruffalo is doubly good, but adaptation of the famed novel makes for a depressing viewing experience → Read More

Jerry Seinfeld Netflix special: Dazed and bemused in ‘23 Hours to Kill’

With his trademark cheery crankiness, the comedian holds forth about going out, getting out and dining out — and even performs a stunt. → Read More

How Natalie Wood lived: Documentary zooms in on the movie star’s films and family

‘What Remains Behind,’ produced and presented by her daughter, looks back at the actress’ career and romances but also hears from her widower, Robert Wagner, about that tragic night on the yacht. → Read More

‘Becoming’: The admirable Michelle Obama has earned a documentary this flattering

Intimate Netflix documentary follows the former first lady on her arena book tour, recalling her past and inspiring with her grace. → Read More

‘Working Man’: A quietly powerful movie, assembled at a Chicago factory

Peter Gerety, strong yet subtle, stars as a man who feels compelled to work his shift even after the plant shuts down. → Read More

‘Billions’ review: Money’s the root of all the delicious evil in Season 5

Corey Stoll and Julianna Margulies make great additions to the ensemble of obsessed schemers on Showtime’s addictive series. → Read More

‘James Vs. His Future Self’: A funny time-travel tale that’s serious about the science

Daniel Stern gives a moving performance as a crabby old physicist jumping back decades to prevent his past mistakes. → Read More

‘Parks and Recreation’ review: Reunion a wonderful pop-in by old friends

A fresh episode set during the age of social distancing provides welcome updates on Leslie, Ron and the whole Pawnee gang. → Read More

‘Dangerous Lies’ review: Clever Netflix thriller asks — who do you trust?

Camila Mendes from ‘Riverdale’ stars as a caregiver who wins over a wealthy Chicago man (Elliott Gould). → Read More

Amazon series ‘Upload’ presents a funny but profound vision of the future

A dead man lives on digitally in the brain-bending show from Greg Daniels of ‘The Office.’ → Read More

‘Hollywood’ a so-so fantasy about La La Land in its Golden Age

Netflix series from the ‘Glee’ team pairs real players of 1940s Tinseltown with fictional ones, but the revisionist history falters midway through. → Read More

‘Never Have I Ever’: A likable teen overachieves as star of Netflix’s sweet high school comedy

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan a natural as the young geek navigating adolescence in the series created by Mindy Kaling. → Read More