The Magnificent Seven
Rarely have so many charismatic actors been used in a film that feels quite as soulless as Antoine Fuqua’s update of The Magnificent Seven.
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A report from Venice on the festival's Venice Classics program, including restored films by Robert Bresson, John Ford, Andrei Tarkovsky, George Romero and Woody Allen.
A review from the Venice Film Festival of Paolo Sorrentino's new series.
A preview of dozens of films coming out this summer.
An updated look at the history of women in film from Carrie Rickey.
An appreciation of the late novelist and filmmaker Nora Ephron.
The shaming of Robert De Niro; Disappointment invades "The 5th Wave"; Christopher Jason Bell on "The Winds That Scatter"; Why the #OscarsSoWhite fuss matters; Boxing's greatest muse.
An overview of the films that will be theatrically released in the 2015 fall season.
Love Pixar and Disney? You're not going to believe what they have in store for you.
The movie questionnaire and 2015 reviews of RogerEbert.com film critic Sheila O'Malley.
An FFC on recent comments by Michael Eisner.
An interview with the legendary star of the new I'll See You in My Dreams.
An analysis of Lawrence Michael Levine's "Wild Canaries" and its ties to classic rom-com capers.
The talent of Edward Herrman, appreciate by studying one moment from his small role in "Reds."
An interview with Kevin Kline, star of "My Old Lady."
A TIFF report on the new Jason Reitman film, "Ruth & Alex" and "Boychoir."
An interview with Rob Reiner, director of "And So It Goes," starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.
Jimmy Fallon begins his tenure on the Tonight Show; Five modern films that should be turned into literature; An extended take on the extended version of The Counselor; "Dream Projects" turned disasters; Reviews of seasons 2 of House of Cards.
For the last three weeks, two films with female protagonists ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen") have been at the top of the box office. Carrie Rickey does some numbers on the history of box office numbers and films with women as protagonists.
Critic Carrie Rickey traces the evolution of women on film and behind the camera over the course of her career writing about film.
Writer Sheila O'Malley responds to our Movie Love Questionnaire.
At Disney's D23 Expo, Jani Monji caught up with upcoming animation projects.
Marie writes: There was a time when Animation was done by slaves with a brush in one hand and a beer in the other. Gary Larson's "Tales From the Far Side" (1994) was such a project. I should know; I worked on it. Produced by Marv Newland at his Vancouver studio "International Rocketship", it first aired as a CBS Halloween special (Larson threw a party for the crew at the Pan Pacific Hotel where we watched the film on a big screen) and was later entered into the 1995 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix. It spawned a sequel "Tales From the Far Side II" (1997) - I worked on that too. Here it is, below.
"As film exhibition in North America crowds itself ever more narrowly into predictable commercial fodder for an undemanding audience, we applaud those brave, free spirits who still hold faith with the unlimited potential of the cinema." - Roger
Marie writes: This week's Newsletter arrives a day early and lighter than usual, as come Tuesday morning, I'll be on a Ferry heading to Pender Island off the West Coast, where I've arranged to visit old friends for a few days and enjoy my first vacation in two years; albeit a brief one. No rest for the wicked. :-)