Roger Ebert

West Side Oratory: Judas and the Black Messiah
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As I type this essay, students across the country are encamped in university quads. Protesting American Imperialism, by way of protesting their universities’ investments in war profiteers. They are most vocal about the final obliterations of Gaza. As a longtime...
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Cannes 2024 Video #4: Jason Gorber on Canada’s Films
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The Cannes Film Festival is underway, and Chaz Ebert is on the ground to report on every development. In this video, Canadian correspondent Jason Gorber briefly mentions the Canadian films highlighting the festival this year before discussing "Universal Language" and "Black Dog"...
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Cannes 2024: Anora, Limonov, Ernest Cole: Lost and Found
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The films of Sean Baker ("The Florida Project," "Red Rocket") invariably focus on people who live on the margins. If there's a difference in "Anora," his latest feature, it's that the protagonist is almost immediately put on a fast track...
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The Legacy of David Bordwell; or, The Memorial Service as Network Narrative
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The memorial for film scholar David Bordwell was as funny, erudite, and thorough as the master’s own writing on cinema. Organized by his widow and regular writing partner Kristin Thompson, it was also an example of a type of storytelling...
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Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 Wastes Its Potential
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It’s okay for stories to end, and when I rolled credits on 2017's “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice,” I thought Ninja Theory, its developer, understood that as well. Senua, a woman who hears voices and was thought cursed by those around her,...
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Living Through Words: Ethan Hawke on His Career, Poetry, and Wildcat
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By-the-books biopics are a dime a dozen and often result in a shallow portrait of their subject. But every once in a while you'll get a filmmaker whose film's unconventional form perfectly aligns with the singular talent at its heart....
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STAX: Soulsville, USA
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"STAX: Soulsville USA" is a four-part, four-hour series about the legendary Memphis soul music label's rise and fall, as well as its impact on American culture and history.  The company was founded in 1957 by two white Memphis music fans, Jim Stewart (a country fiddle...
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Cannes 2024: The Apprentice, The Shrouds
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Ali Abbasi's "The Apprentice," a portrait of the friendship between Donald Trump and Roy Cohn, leaves little doubt about who is top dog. The film is so thoroughly owned by Jeremy Strong, who plays Cohn, that the ostensibly headline-grabbing notion...
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Cannes 2024: Blue Sun Palace, Julie Keeps Quiet, Simon of the Mountain
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Critics Week at Cannes, of course, is where new rising filmmakers are often found, mostly presenting their first feature. Sometimes there’s an obvious theme to be sussed out, but mostly the spiritual theme is the energy of young filmmakers plying...
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Always a Rebel: Alessandro Nivola on The Big Cigar
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In 1974, film producer Bert Schneider – the producer behind such industry shifting New Hollywood hits as "Easy Rider, "Five Easy Pieces, and "The Last Picture Show" – put together a fake film production in order to help Huey P....
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