Roger Ebert

Steve! (Martin): A Documentary in Two Pieces
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There’s nothing worse than watching a bio-doc about a revolutionary, unique, creative voice that reduces the life story of its subject to the basic beats, using standard techniques instead of embracing that which made this person's story worth telling in...
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David Krumholtz Wants to Reintroduce Himself to You
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Over Zoom, David Krumholtz flashes a friendly, bashful smile, his demeanor several shades warmer than the character he plays in the movie he’s here to promote. Named after the depressive malcontent at its center, “Lousy Carter” is a wry, off-kilter...
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Titus: The Masterpiece that the Cinematic Greatness of 1999 Obscured
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1999 was one of the very best movie years, producing masterpiece after masterpiece, and even the movies that were less than that still made viewers feel as if they were practically drowning in a sea of amazing work. Brian Raftery's...
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Five Years Later, Us is Jordan Peele’s Defining Puzzle
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In the opening shot of Jordan Peele’s “Us” is a curious invitation: A Rubix Cube, placed on the shelf just underneath a modest movie collection, is practically a winking acknowledgment by Peele of the appetite “Get Out” stirred in critics,...
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We Were the Lucky Ones
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Based on Georgia Hunter’s novel of the same name, a fictionalization of a true story, Hulu’s “We Were the Lucky Ones” is a harrowing tale of resilience and family in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The improbable story concerns...
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Enter Regina Taylor’s Black Album Mixtape Contest
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Regina Taylor wants your mixtape. But before you start making links and burning CDs, this isn’t your typical sampler. It's a community-based project open to students with an aim for inspiring dialogue through the arts. “This is an invitation for all people—students,...
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The 10 Best Movies Made for Under $50,000
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In an age of pricey blockbusters, moviegoers hardly bat an eye when they hear that the latest action extravaganza cost $250 million. (Last year, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” and “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One” both...
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The Truth vs. Alex Jones
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One of the most disturbing moments in a documentary filled with disturbing moments comes when it’s revealed at the height of the defamation suit against the loathsome Alex Jones that over one in five people didn’t, at the time, believe...
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Doug Liman Never Does Things the Easy Way
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Flashy festival premieres are usually a big deal because of who’s attending. But in January, Doug Liman made news because of the fact that he wasn’t going to show up for the unveiling of his latest film, a remake of...
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Trapped in the System: Julio Torres on Problemista
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Calling someone “singular” much like “iconic” is something that nowadays is so overused that it's become moot. However, both of those words actually describe Julio Torres, the 37-year-old writer, actor, director, comedian, who has one of the most remarkable and...
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