Roger Ebert

Berlin Film Festival 2024: The Roundup: Punishment, Last Swim, Through The Rocks And Clouds
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Not every dispatch has a unifying theme; this one is more of a hodgepodge. Among the three films is the latest installment of a highly successful Korean action franchise, a coming-of-age character study of a British-Iranian girl battling suicidal ideations,...
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They Shot the Piano Player
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Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba, who co-directed “They Shot the Piano Player,” first encountered the work of the film’s subject, Brazilian keyboardist Francisco Tenorio Júnior, in a record store twenty years ago. Trueba was so enraptured by the music that he...
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The Enduring Laughs—and Life—of Harold Ramis
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My late husband Roger Ebert noted potential in Harold Ramis from the moment he awarded four stars to the first film that the "SCTV" star co-wrote, 1978's hit comedy, "National Lampoon's Animal House." "The movie is vulgar, raunchy, ribald, and occasionally scatological,"...
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The Internet Will Never Let Russell Crowe Forget Les Miserables
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Director Tom Hooper had just won an Oscar for “The King’s Speech” and now he had his sights set on an even more technically ambitious undertaking, a big-screen, live-singing version of the beloved musical war horse “Les Misérables.” Casting Broadway...
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Berlin Film Festival 2024: Honoree Martin Scorsese Honors Powell and Pressburger
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(Pictured: Portraits of Martin Scorsese at the Berlinale Palast. As filmmakers and cast members enter the theater for screenings, they autograph the photos—a process that the audience inside watches on the big screen.) Keeping up with Martin Scorsese at the...
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About Dry Grasses
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Everybody lies. Whether with malice, for self-preservation, or to spare another’s heart, fabrications lubricate or erode social interactions. But it’s in the liminal space between the idea of absolute certainty — an unattainable utopia — and the most outlandish of...
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Seagrass
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“Do you need a reason to be unhappy,” asks Carol (Sarah Gadon) in Meredith Hama-Brown’s effective character study “Seagrass,” the story of how grief often begets other repressed emotions and possibly even tragedies. There’s something fascinating in that question in...
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Ordinary Angels
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Just because we know where a movie is going does not mean we don’t enjoy getting there. That’s especially true when it has a solid script and a two-time Oscar-winner in a role with three key elements beloved by audiences:...
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Red Right Hand
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"If you're gonna survive in these hills, you'll have to get used to a little blood," purrs Big Cat (Andie MacDowell), an Appalachian drug kingpin just before she has her goons feed a Sheriff's deputy to her guard dogs. That’s...
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Stopmotion
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The conceit of a tortured and socially maladjusted artist whose obsessive pursuit of their craft pushes them into madness with grisly results is a familiar horror movie premise, one that has covered subjects ranging from beatnik sculptors (the Roger Corman...
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