Roger Ebert

SXSW 2024: Oddity, Azrael, Kryptic
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The general feeling around SXSW this year was that the Midnights, often a strong program at the event in a city that boasts how it needs to be kept weird, were a little lackluster. Whether it was a lack of...
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Immaculate
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“Immaculate” feels like both a throwback to another era of Italian horror and a timely commentary on woman’s bodily autonomy, but it can’t match the flair of the former and lacks the thematic thrust to convey anything resonant about the...
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Manhunt
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In the last few years, as streaming services (and their budgets) have grown, it feels as if the true crime genre has seen a reinvention. Gone are the days of dry documentaries, often giving way to fictionalized tales of some...
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Girls5Eva Switches Streaming Labels with Funny, Brief Third Season
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Every musician needs to change record labels at one point or another. The lovable '90s pop girl group "Girls5eva"—Dawn (Sara Bareilles), Wickie (Renée Elise Goldsberry), Summer (Busy Philipps), and Gloria (Paula Pell)—have taken their comedic, lyrical services from Peacock to...
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The Fall Guy
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With the notable exception of “Barbie,” the modern blockbuster can be pretty serious stuff. Whether it’s the dense lore and world-building of “Dune” or “Avatar: The Way of Water,” or the self-serious connected universe of the MCU, blockbusters often feel like...
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Apples Never Fall
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There are a lot of missing and dead women on TV. It’s not just zombie shows or procedurals, the prestige series has long been in on the game with feminine corpses powering entire series. In Peacock’s missing-woman mystery, “Apples Never...
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With Analyze This, Robert De Niro Finally Decided to Become the King of Comedy
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In the moment that it’s happening, it can be difficult to recognize that an actor is changing course. You’ve come to know this star in one guise—considered him to be one of the best to ever do it—and then he...
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Blackout
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If actors often make for compelling directors, then why not character actors? Larry Fessenden (“Depraved”) is a great That Guy character actor, and his work stands out in a range of genre movies, mostly horror. Fessenden’s also the producer and...
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Little Wing
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The work of journalist Susan Orlean has been adapted to the big screen a few times, most notably in 2002 by herself for the Oscar-nominated rumination on the nature of writing itself "Adaptation." But even the girl power surfing film...
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Monkey Man
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Dev Patel pours his entire self into “Monkey Man.” Some comes over the sides and the mix might not always be right but there’s an undeniable passion here that comes through in a genre that too often feels like it...
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