Roger Ebert

Eye on the Screen: David Bordwell, 1947-2024
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David Bordwell was a teacher who became a friend. He opened my eyes to what cinema actually is. His influence on multiple generations of filmmakers, scholars, critics, and movie buffs is incalculable. David wrote books on aspects of film style...
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Comedy is Defiance: Richard Lewis (1947-2024)
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Richard Lewis was the first comedian I tried to model myself upon. That’s a nice way of saying I straight-up stole his look, vibe, and way of speaking for several years in the late 1980s and early ‘90s. I am...
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Danny Boyle Explains What Made Cillian Murphy So Special from the Start
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For some viewers, Cillian Murphy’s presence in “Oppenheimer” might have been confusing: I know I’ve seen that guy in something, but what? It’s a credit to the 47-year-old actor that, as in-demand as he is, he remains malleable enough not...
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Oscar Predictions 2024: What Will Win This Year
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Unlike most of the Oscar ceremonies over the last decade, the biggest question we’ll get answered on Sunday, March 10 isn’t what will win Best Picture, because we essentially already know that. Instead, the question is just how dominant an...
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Paul Dano is Ready for His Next Mission
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Paul Dano has done so much in a career that's spanned two decades, and he's just getting started. The star of "Little Miss Sunshine," "There Will Be Blood," "The Batman," "The Fabelmans," and so many more already appeared in Prime Video's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" this...
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The Unloved, Part 123: Birth
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Jonathan Glazer has always skirted the mainstream without becoming part of it. Maybe it's his interest in the destruction of the self that will always keep him at arm's length; maybe it's a formal alienation that insists you stare headlong into...
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Amelia’s Children
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I’m not really sure how genre fans will respond to “Amelia’s Children,” a Portuguese horror comedy about a suspicious wife, her clueless husband, and his creepy family. “Amelia’s Children” is funny, but the jokes are usually on its characters and...
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Shayda
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Writer-director Noora Niasari’s debut feature, “Shayda,” is a personal meta-fiction based on her own childhood, marked by a fraught parental dynamic and endless uncertainty, but also fierce, unshakeable motherly love. “Shayda”’s titular character (played by Zar Amir Ebrahimi) has escaped...
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Asleep in My Palm
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Society often ignores those living on its fringes. Thankfully, there are cinematic works like Henry Nelson’s sensitive and perceptive feature debut “Asleep in My Palm” to delicately give them their due visibility. Patiently paced despite running at a compact 89...
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Outlaw Posse
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Watching “Outlaw Posse,” you get the sense that writer-director Mario Van Peebles was asked to create a list of his favorite Westerns and then adapted that list into a screenplay. Throughout the film, there are any number of homages (and...
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