Roger Ebert

Cabrini
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There is a terrific scene late in the powerful and old-fashioned epic “Cabrini,” on the eponymous Italian Catholic missionary nun who not only founded a peerless orphanage in New York at the turn of the 20th century (and gave her...
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#479 March 5, 2024
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Matt writes: It was on February 28th, 2014, that RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert gave me the green light to publicly announce that I had been hired to join her team. My initial job title was Assistant Editor at Ebert Publishing,...
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Introduction to Women Writers Week 2024
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When Chaz Ebert invited me to become an editor at rogerebert.com, she said it was her plan to have at least half of the reviews and articles on the site written by women. I was thrilled to be a part...
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Vote for Neuro(diversity): On the 20th Anniversary of Napoleon Dynamite
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I revisited Dustin Hoffman’s extraordinary performance as the autistic Raymond in “Rain Man” (1998) and for the first time noticed how many shots are from Raymond’s point of view: the play of light and shadow on a diner floor, the...
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How Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Adapts the Un-Adaptable
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In the lexicon of modern pop culture, few board games have made as many film/TV appearances as Dungeons & Dragons, Gary Gygax and David Arneson’s tabletop roleplaying game. From “Stranger Things” to “Community” to “Futurama,” TV shows have had their...
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Why Closer Still Matters Two Decades After Its Release
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In the mid-2000s, when adult dramas still reigned supreme, director Mike Nichols decided to adapt another play. Back in 1966, he began his career as a Hollywood director with a critically acclaimed adaptation of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia...
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How Poor Things Subverts the “Born Sexy Yesterday” Trope
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(This article contains spoilers for Yorgos Lanthimos’s “Poor Things”) If you’ve been following some of the discourse on TikTok or watching recent interviews with Emma Stone, you might be tempted to dismiss Bella Baxter, the character Stone plays in Yorgos...
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David Lynch’s The Straight Story & Playing Catch-Up
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I stayed away from David Lynch’s filmography for a long time. The assumption was that his work would dig under my skin, restless and unsettling. My first experience watching his work was accidental. My husband and I used to have...
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Feeling Seen by Sometimes I Think About Dying
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Rachel Lambert’s “Sometimes I Think About Dying” examines the doldrum life of a 30-something office drone named Fran, played by Daisy Ridley, who is profoundly shy. She scrolls through spreadsheets and returns home to play sudoku and consume cottage cheese....
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Queens
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The shots are unreal. We fly behind and next to a bee in the jungle. We see lust on a young bonobo’s face. We watch lions and hyenas fight over a carcass in the middle of the night. National Geographic’s...
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