Like Ficarra and Requa’s 2011 comedy Crazy Stupid Love, Focus begins promisingly and bops along enjoyably for a while, only to run out of steam…
* This filmography is not intended to be a comprehensive list of this artist’s work. Instead it reflects the films this person has been involved with that have been reviewed on this site.
An interview with Benedict Cumberbatch.
An appreciation of "1941" and interview with Bob Gale.
An excerpt from the October 2014 edition of "Bright Wall/Dark Room" on "The Hunger."
A tribute to Leonard Maltin by RogerEbert.com's writers, on the occasion of his reference book Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide ceasing publication after 45 years.
An excerpt from the September 2014 issue of "Bright Wall/Dark Room" on "Notes on a Scandal."
Remembering James Garner; Jerusalem Film Festival; Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on "At the Movies"; Val Kilmer in "Tombstone"; DC Comics' Diversity Crisis.
An appreciation of Michael Mann's "The Insider" on its 15th anniversary that connects Michael Mann's film with the westerns of Howard Hawks.
Ramin Bahrani made his fourth Ebertfest appearance with a touching screening of his masterful "Goodbye Solo" and a Q&A moderated by David Bordwell.
Members of the Ebert Club remember Roger one year after his passing.
Recent titles released on Blu-ray.
Understanding consciousness; Inside Llewyn Davis and Mad Men; Canceling the Colbert Show; John Wayne biography; Amtrak's shoddy writer's program.
RogerEbert.com writers share their favorite memories of watching the Oscars.
Writer Christy Lemire responds to our Movie Love Questionnaire.
Food stamps cuts hit hard; "Gravity" as an experimental blockbuster; Netflix is wicked busy; a Maureen O'Hara biography; Lego's female scientist figure.
On writing for free (don't do it!); the aftermath of "12 Years a Slave"; erasing John Wayne; Halloween spell-ings; bad writer, bad person?
Writer Sheila O'Malley responds to our Movie Love Questionnaire.
In the new book "Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses," Chris Nashawaty tells the story of the amazing life and career of Roger Corman through a collection of interviews, which Nashawaty has put together into a blow-by-blow collage account.
Sheila writes: Thank you all for taking the time to answer our survey! We will keep you posted on any changes that may come about. So let's get to the newsletter, shall we? Jack Kerouac famously wrote the majority of "On the Road" on one long scroll of paper. Kerouac found that taking the time to remove the finished pages off of the typewriter and replacing them with a fresh sheet interrupted his flow. California artist Paul Rogers, who has done ten book covers for Random House UK of Hemingway classic, has created an online scroll of beautiful illustrations for Kerouac's novel. Evocative and gritty, they make a great companion piece for "On the Road". You can see more of Paul Rogers' cool work at his site.
Bruce Dern and Will Forte reminisce about their father-son road trip in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska."
You emailed me the questions to this interview on March 15, 2013. In your March 16th reply to my email, you said: The piece will go out to all my print syndication customers. (“Print!” How times change.)
I love Jerry Lewis. I love Jerry Lewis so much that I have a friend who, whenever I mention Lewis online, sends me the simple two word message "Rupert Pupkin". That, of course, is the name of Robert De Niro's deranged wannabe in Martin Scorcese's "The King of Comedy". Pupkin is so obsessed with Jerry Langford, the comedian played by Jerry Lewis, that he kidnaps him and takes his place on his talk show.
Ramin Bahrani, the best new American director of recent years, has until now focused on outsiders in this country: A pushcart operator from Pakistan, a Hispanic street orphan in New York, a cab driver from Senegal working in Winston-Salem. NC. His much-awaited new film, "At Any Price," is set in the Iowa heartland and is about two American icons: A family farmer and a race car driver. It plays Sunday and Monday in the Toronto Film Festival.