Roger Ebert

SXSW 2024: Dickweed, Secret Mall Apartment, She Looks Like Me
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Some documentaries hinge on the wild nature of their story. Can you believe that happened? Can you believe those people did that? Can you believe that connection between two people who never knew each other? The best of these films...
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High & Low – John Galliano
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In the midst of reviewing a horror film, I was given a reassignment of the documentary "High and Low - John Galliano" by Academy-Award Winning Director Kevin Macdonald. I have never been afraid to write a review, let alone give...
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War Was Not Over at the 2024 Oscars
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Clad in gowns and tuxes on the morning of Oscar Sunday, journalists from around the world board shuttles that transport them from the Cinerama Dome to a point near the complex that houses the Dolby Theatre—where the big event takes...
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Arcadian
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For a few minutes, “Arcadian” basically becomes “Aliens” on an Irish farm with Nicolas Cage in the Ripley role. That might be the best elevator pitch I've ever heard. You know if you want to sign up for that or...
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Oscars 2024: The View from the Room
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It was finally time. The 96th Academy Awards ceremony was ready for its big moment: Best Picture. But when presenter Al Pacino appeared on the stage with the envelope, somehow skipped over reading the names of the 10 Best Picture...
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SXSW 2024: Roleplay, Gasoline Rainbow, Grand Theft Hamlet
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Documentaries have always held a prominent position at the SXSW Film Festival, and the best of the non-fiction form here in Austin feel like they encourage personal expression. It’s a festival (and a city really) that’s built around artists and...
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A Great Movie Year Deserved a Better Oscars
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When judging whether a particular year’s Oscars are “good” or “bad,” you should break down your response into separate criteria. Were you happy with what won? Did you like the speeches? Were there memorable unscripted moments? How was the host?...
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SXSW Film Festival 2024: Babes, My Dead Friend Zoe, Y2K
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The first full day of features at the Paramount (after Opening night premieres of “Road House” and Netflix’s “3 Body Problem—and an AM preview of new episodes of “Hacks”) felt like a purposeful attempt by the programmers to offer escape....
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True/False 2024: Coming Home Again
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True/False is a rare gem. As a critic based in Chicago—whether it’s Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Sundance, SXSW, NYFF, or TIFF—I’m always venturing out of the Midwest to a festival in another region or another country. But no matter who I’ve...
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True/False 2024: Ibelin, Alien Island, Yintah
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Usually, I make it a rule to not rewatch films at festivals; When my time on the ground is so limited, I would rather discover a new title rather than re-explore (in fact, the only time I’ve ever rewatched any...
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