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Office Christmas Party

Another reminder that allowing your cast to madly improvise instead of actually providing a coherent script with a scintilla of inherent logic often leads to…

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Frank & Lola
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Harry Benson: Shoot First
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I Am Not Your Negro
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Contract to Kill
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The Brand New Testament
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All We Had
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Abattoir
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Jackie
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Two Trains Runnin'
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Things to Come
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Chaz's Blog

Help Support Facets Cinematheque

A request for donations from the historic Facets Cinematheque in Chicago.

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Ebert Archive Remains Essential Reading at Sun-Times

An article about the weekly Ebert Archive column at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Standing Together: Chicago Magazine Honors the 2016 Chicagoans of the Year

A report on Chicago Magazine's luncheon for the 2016 Chicagoans of the Year.

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Far Flungers

Racism, Religion and Remembering Pearl Harbor

Remember Pearl Harbor and remember how prejudice shaped history.

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Hitchcock & DePalma: Split Screen Bloodbath

Peet Gelderblom has a new video essay comparing Brian DePalma and Alfred Hitchcock, shot by shot and moment by moment.

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Interviews

Chase What You're Afraid Of: Damien Chazelle & Rosemarie DeWitt on "La La Land"

An interview with writer/director Damien Chazelle and actress Rosemarie DeWitt about their new musical "La La Land," dreams, artistic competition, rejection and more.

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Balder and Dash

Short Films in Focus: "The Christmas Light Killer"

An interview with director James P. Gannon about his short documentary, "The Christmas Light Killer," and a presentation of the film.

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Sundance

Sundance 2017 Announces Premieres, Midnight Films and More

Premieres, Midnights, Special Events and more have been announced for next month's Sundance Film Festival.

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Laura Bretan on her extraordinary year; "It's a Wonderful Life" at 70; Rise of Voldemort; Brilliance of "The Catch"; Crazy Cage in "Army of One."

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Festivals & Awards

Propelling Female Filmmakers: A Recap of the 2016 Whistler Film Festival

A recap of the 2016 Whistler Film Festival, which ran from November 30 through December 4.

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Making Something Out Of Nothing: Will Speck and Josh Gordon on “Office Christmas Party”

An interview with Will Speck and Josh Gordon, co-directors of "Office Christmas Party."

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An Emotional Journey: "Jackie" Gets a Special Screening in Washington, D.C.

A report from a special Washington D.C. premiere of "Jackie," featuring a Q&A with director Pablo Larraín and Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman.