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Since moving onto the big screen, however, Kristen Wiig has added a nuanced dramatic edge to her skill set that finds her digging deeper inside…

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Ride

Helen Hunt directs herself in this story of a brittle New York book editor who begins healing old wounds by learning how to surf.

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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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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Netflix Continues Remarkable Run with Funny “Grace and Frankie”

A review of Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston.

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Good Pitch Chicago Welcomes Filmmakers for Second Year

Good Pitch Chicago welcomes filmmakers at its second event on Tuesday, May 5th.

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Historic Little Rock Nine to be Awarded Lincoln Leadership Prize

Historic Occasion: The Little Rock Nine will be awarded the Lincoln Leadership Prize on May 18th in Chicago

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Summer action heroes are several shades of gray; Memories of Baltimore; "Silicon Valley" is not misogynistic; The Onion is not a joke; James Horner on Terrence Malick.

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The Cokey Comedies of the Silent Screen Era

A piece on the history of cocaine use in silent cinema.

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The Unloved, Part 17: "The Moth Diaries"

Scout Tafoya's video series continues with a look at Mary Harron's "The Moth Diaries".

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How Hollywood keeps out women; Why color correction matters; Spike Lee on digital film viewing; All things shining in "The Tree of Life"; Togetherness in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

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Book Review: "In the Company of Legends" by Joan Kramer and David Heeley

A review of "In the Company of Legends" by Joan Kramer and David Heeley.

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"Hard Earned" From Kartemquin Films Premieres Sunday

A preview for "Hard Earned" from Kartemquin Films.

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Roger Ebert is why I'm here; "Listen up Philip" and "American Sniper"; David Simon on America; Remembering Richard Corliss; Robert Townsend on "Hollywood Shuffle."

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Book Excerpt: "Orson Welles: Power, Heart, and Soul" by F.X. Feeney

An excerpt from the new book on Orson Welles by F.X. Feeney.

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Back To The Fanboy Well: Chiller Theatre Expo #25

Glenn Kenny reports from the Chiller Expo.