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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An interview with director Rebecca Miller about her film "Maggie's Plan."
An excerpt from the March 2016 issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room about Miller's Crossing.
Why "The Revenant" was hard for me; Joanna Coates and Daniel Metz on "Amorous"; Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence"; Horror films are scarier than in the past; Teaching VR filmmaking.
Remembering "The Last of the Mohicans"; Daniel Radcliffe's farting corpse; The most recalcitrant "ism" of all; László Nemes and Géza Röhrig on "Son of Saul"; Roger Deakins on "Hail, Caesar!"
First impressions of the new Amazon pilots, including "One Mississippi" and "Good Girls Revolt."
The latest and greatest on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming including "Magic Mike XXL," "The Duke of Burgundy," "The Connection," and three Criterion releases.
A preview of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival
An appreciation of Stephen Frears' "My Beautiful Laundrette" after its Criterion release.
An in-depth look at the extraordinary film career of 100-year-old actor Norman Lloyd, currently starring in Judd Apatow's "Trainwreck."
The movie questionnaire and 2015 reviews of RogerEbert.com editor Brian Tallerico.
Sam Elliott on typecasting; Why Paul Dano almost quit acting; R.I.P. Gill Dennis; Writing crime fiction changes your POV forever; Why people in old movies talk funny.
An interview with film critic Matt Fagerholm.
When critics dare to break with critical consensus; Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2014; Ava DuVernay responds to "Selma" controversy; Top 10 Films of 2014; Melbourne's homeless get free entry to movies.
An interview with Eddie Redmayne, star of James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything."
An interview with film critic Leonard Maltin.
The director and subject of "Barbaric Genius," now available on iTunes.
Matt Fagerholm interviews the stars of "The Retrieval," Tishuan Scott & Ashton Sanders.
Writer Brian Tallerico responds to our Movie Love Questionnaire.
Scott Jordan Harris argues that disabled characters should not be played by able-bodied actors.
Generation X has midlife crisis; Oscar predicability; Popular Twitter accounts making money; Casting directors getting praised for their work; Charlie Chaplin's monologue.
The calculation of odds is finished. The campaigning is done. Erik Childress predicts the winners of the Oscars.
Erik Childress analyzes the impact of the recently-awarded BAFTAs on the Oscar race.
Seasonal anticipation: as 2013 debuted, many were feeling it. The 28th iteration of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, aka "SBIFF," was on the wind, with jazzed moviegoers soon to converge elbow-to-elbow in a familiar, even familial, and happy bustle on downtown's State Street.
I was among the excited, as this would be my third year covering the festival. And for me, extra sweetening would be provided by the tribute to Daniel Day-Lewis, the oft-reticent acting genius whose reanimation of Abraham Lincoln seemed certain to bring another Best Actor Academy Award -- his 3rd, making him the only actor to surpass Marlon Brando, who received 2.
This year's Outguess Ebert contest seems a little like shooting fish in a barrel. For the first time in many a year, maybe ever, I think I've guessed every one correctly.A few years ago, I came across an article about the newly identified psychological concept of Elevation. Scientists claim it is as real as love or fear. It describes a state in which we feel unreasonable joy; you know, like when you sit quiet and still and tingles run up and down your back, and you think things can never get any better.
I tried applying it to that year's Oscar nominees. Did it work any better than any other approach? You need Elevating nominees. An example of Elevation would be when the bone morphs into a space station in "2001." Did I feel Elevation in making any of my Guesses this year. That doesn't mean it was a bad year at the movies. Harvey Weinstein, accepting his achievement award from the Producers' Guild, said he thought 2012 was the best in 90 years. Maybe he felt Elevation when he gazed upon the Weinstein Company's box office figures.