Efficient, nasty action scenes can't overcome mostly bland characterizations and a half-baked story.
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An excerpt from the April 2017 issue of online magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room about the films of Paul Verhoeven.
Chaz Ebert announces the forthcoming Ebertfest on April 19-23, 2017.
The latest on Blu-ray and DVD, including "Queen of Katwe," "Loving" and "Black Girl."
An article about Ebertfest, Roger Ebert's Film Festival 2017 passes, which are now on sale.
A celebration of Brian De Palma's "Carrie" on the occasion of its 40th anniversary and a new Collector's Edition Blu-ray from Shout! Factory.
Veteran director Brian De Palma talks about about his career in movies, suspense, sexism, television and comic books.
A table of contents with all of our Ebertfest 2016 coverage.
The Saturday of this year's Ebertfest is tackled by four of our contributors.
An interview with actress Nancy Allen after a presentation of "Blow Out" on Saturday night at Ebertfest.
Ebert Fellow Shalayne Pulia reports on the Women in Film panel at Ebertfest 2016.
A film-by-film preview of Ebertfest 2016, which runs from April 13 - 17.
A preview of Ebertfest 2016 and the first Ebert Humanitarian Award
A piece on how Deadpool could bring back the R-rated blockbuster and when it really mattered.
Five new titles announced for Ebertfest 2016.
An obituary for the late Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond.
A look back at the Brian De Palma film "Dressed to Kill," celebrating its 35th anniversary with a new Criterion release.
An appreciation of "1941" and interview with Bob Gale.
Peter Sobczynski ranks 27 films by Brian De Palma.
Welcome to a special Halloween edition of the Newsletter! Marie writes: the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris is considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, in addition to being the final resting place of many a famous name. From Édith Piaf, Sarah Bernhardt and Chopin to Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and Georges Méliès, the well-known sleep on the tree-lined avenues of the dead and which you can now explore in a virtual 360 degree tour...
View image Look back in Angora: An Ed Wood moment between Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson in Brian De Palma's "The Black Dahlia."
In anticipation of Brian DePalma's "The Black Dahlia," which premiered at the Venice Film Festival to bi-polar reviews and opens in the US September 15, a number of sites are celebrating the modern master of the rapturous moving camera. (See De Palma a la Mod for all the latest on De Palma and the Dahlia.) Dennis Cozzalio has an excellent round-up of who's doing what at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, and adds his own illuminating thoughts to the heady mix. (And don't forget to check out his Opening Shots submission for De Palma's "Femme Fatale" here at Scanners.)
Peet Gelderblom also has some good stuff about the "unofficial De Palma blogathon" at Lost in Negative Space. And I finally took the advice of That Little Round Headed Boy and caught up with De Palma's much-maligned "Mission to Mars," which has moments of astonishing beauty and suspense, despite being hobbled by a terrible script (original screenwriters joined by an ampersand; re-writer Graham "Speed" Yost tacked on with an "and") and one of the most lifeless performances I have ever seen from Connie Nielsen. (How could she not have been fired after the first day? She's heavier-than-leaden in almost every single moment she has on screen -- except the marvelous weightless dance sequence to [and you have to appreciate the humor] Van Halen. Other than that, like a Martian tornado she sucks.) De Palma is a terrific director of women (Margo Kidder, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Betty Buckley, Amy Irving, Carrie Snodgress, Nancy Allen, Angie Dickinson...) but Nielsen is really Not of This Earth. (TLRHB also features some informative comments about "Mission to Mars," including a link to Matt Zoller Seitz's round-up of reviews, from pans to raves.)
I've said this many times before about De Palma, but give this guy a decent screenplay and he can work wonders. Look what he can do even when he doesn't have one. So, give the guy a good script, already!
John Travolta came to Chicago on Friday. It was a little like a state visit, with tight security, police barricades and long black limousines speeding between luxury hotels and City Hall. Travolta, who is one of the two or three most popular box office attractions in the world, was here to promote his new, thriller, “Blow Out.” People were interested in the thriller, but fascinated by Travolta.