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#285 September 20, 2016

Matt writes: Legendary French New Wave icon Agnès Varda was honored at the third annual Ebert Tribute ceremony during this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Brian Tallerico covered the event at, while Chaz Ebert assisted in putting together a Roger Favorites entry on Varda, compiling Roger's reviews of the director's work. Roger felt that Varda's 2008 film, "The Beaches of Agnès," contained “the most poetic shot about the cinema” that he had ever seen, in which “two old fishermen, who were young when she first filmed them, watch themselves on a screen” mounted on “an old market cart that they push through the nighttime streets of their village.”

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#283 August 23, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Steve James' acclaimed documentary about the life and legacy of Roger Ebert, 2014's "Life Itself," has been nominated this year for a Best Documentary Emmy by the National Academy of Television Broadcast Arts & Sciences. Produced by CNN Films and Kartemquin Films, the documentary was broadcast all over the country, thus making it eligible for Emmy consideration. It also garnered another nomination for Outstanding Editing. The the 37th annual News & Documentary Emmy awards will be held at the Lincoln Center in New York City on September 21, 2016.

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#282 August 9, 2016

Matt writes: With the Olympic games currently thrilling the world in Rio de Janeiro, let's take a look back at one of the most celebrated films ever made about Olympic athletes, Hugh Hudson's "Chariots of Fire." Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Hudson's drama about two British track stars won the 1981 Academy Award for Best Picture, beating out Steven Spielberg's classic, "Raiders of the Lost Ark." It also earned Oscars for Colin Welland's original screenplay, Milena Canonero's costume design and the now-iconic score by Vangelis.

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#281 July 26, 2016

Matt writes: Garry Marshall, the comedy mastermind behind several iconic TV shows and hit films, died last Tuesday at age 81. He leaves behind a rich legacy that did not go unnoticed by Roger Ebert. The critic greatly admired Marshall's 1984 film, "The Flamingo Kid," hailing its star, Matt Dillon, as a revelation. Ebert also loved Marshall's phenomenally successful 1990 romantic comedy, "Pretty Women," which launched the career of Julia Roberts. "[Marshall's] films betray an instinctive good nature," wrote Ebert in his three-and-a-half-star review, "and [this film] is about as warmhearted as a movie about two cold realists can possibly be." For heartfelt eulogies, check out the obituary penned by Susan Wloszcyzyna at, as well as Hadley Freeman’s remembrance at The Guardian. For guaranteed laughs, check out the clip embedded below of Marshall in an unforgettable excerpt from Albert Brooks' 1985 classic, "Lost in America," a scene that Ebert claimed was the best in the movie. It's hard not to agree with him.

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#280 July 12, 2016

Matt writes: Abbas Kiarostami, who passed away July 4th at age 76, was one of the great masters of the cinematic art form. I'll never forget the experience of watching his 1990 landmark, "Close-Up," in its pristine Criterion edition, or becoming entranced by his 2010 masterwork, "Certified Copy," when I first saw it on the big screen. Patrick Z. McGavin wrote a beautiful tribute to Kiarostami, as did Godfrey Cheshire, who reflected on his friendship with the icon. Various staff members at also pitched in to offer their own remembrances in a lovely multi-voice piece. 

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#279 June 28, 2016

Sheila writes: Terrence Malick has spent his career capturing the beauty of waving treetops, sunsets, reflections on water, shadows and sunlight. Vugar Efendi has put together a beautiful and hypnotic video, weaving together the natural scenes in Malick’s films.

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#278 June 14, 2016

Matt writes: Hello, Ebert Club subscribers! I'm Matt Fagerholm, Assistant Editor at, and I'll be taking over the Ebert Club newsletter. My inimitable predecessor, Sheila O'Malley, has gotten me up to speed on what you'll be expecting from this membership, and I'm very excited to provide you with a sneak peek at some of the most enticing titles in both current and classic cinema.

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