300: Rise of an Empire
In comparison with "300", this insane film is more engaging by dint of being absolutely impossible to take even a little bit seriously.
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Spike Lee will present a screening of "Do the Right Thing" at Ebertfest 2014 to commemorate the film's 25th anniversary.
A half-hour documentary about David Milch's Western drama "Deadwood," which premiered ten years ago this week on HBO. Written by Matt Zoller Seitz, edited by Steven Santos, narrated by Jim Beaver.
Chaz writes to Roger about attending the Oscars without him.
An update on fundraising for a statue of Roger Ebert in Champaign, IL.
Ebertfest sneaks the names of a few guests in anticipation of announcing the full lineup.
Gerardo Valero looks at George Lazenby's only outing as James Bond, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".
Jana Monji writes about our late friend and contributor Jeff Shannon, whose memorial service will be March 16, 2014.
As part of our partnership with Columbia Links and the Chicago Urban League, student Briana A. Williams reviews the documentary short films "Only the Strong Survive" and "Chi Raq".
Scout Tafoya's video essay series "The Unloved" reconsiders "Tron: Legacy."
Chaz recalls how much Roger loved the Oscars.