Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere"—which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love—yet…
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Passes for Ebertfest 2015 will go on sale Saturday, November 1st.
A conversation with "Dear White People" writer/director Justin Simien at the 2014 Chicago International Film Festival.
Migizi Pensoneau on "The Daily Show"; Why NYT TV criticism is so bad; Netflix's terrible selection; David Simon on the death of the middle class; John Cusack: "Hollywood is a whorehouse."
An excerpt from "Robert De Niro: Anatomy of an Actor" by Glenn Kenny.
Advice for Journalists and writers of color; the virtues and pitfalls of tossing brickbats online; 'Eyes Wide Shut' at 15; 'Pickpocket' on Blu-ray.
Greg Salvatore on the LA premiere of "Life Itself"; How John Oliver Changed TV; Michael Mirasol on "Do the Right Thing"; 2014 fails The Bechdel Test; Steve James talks to The Daily Beast.
"Do the Right Thing" at 25.
On June 21, 2014, “Life Itself” opened the Hamptons Film Festival at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert and editor-in-chief Matt Zoller Seitz were guests at the event and participated in a post-screening Q&A with Alec Baldwin and Hamptons Film Festival artistic director David Nugent afterward.
Sheila writes: One of the Criterion Collection's recent releases is Billy Wilder's 1951 film "Ace in the Hole", starring Kirk Douglas in one of his best performances. It was Wilder's follow-up to "Sunset Boulevard," and the two films, taken together, are a scathing indictment of certain aspects of American culture and American life. Spike Lee is a huge admirer of Wilder's films, "Ace in the Hole" in particular (which was originally called "The Big Carnival"), and in the special features for the Criterion release, Lee speaks about the film, and about meeting Wilder.
The double-standard of "Louie" vs. "Girls"; feminist revenge fantasies; why foreign language films are on a downward slope; putting the geek to the plow.
FFC Jana Monji interviews Ebertfest attendees John and Jim Burns.
A recap of Roger Ebert's 16th Annual Film Festival.
Spike Lee speaks on filmmaking, his career, and race after the 25th anniversary screening of "Do the Right Thing" at Ebertfest.
Haifaa Al-Mansour, Keith Stanfield, Matt Zoller Seitz and more discuss "Film & Cultural Politics" at Ebertfest.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports on the 2014 Ebertfest, including appearances by Oliver Stone & Spike Lee.
John Turturro, actor/writer/director of Fading Gigolo, discusses his career, working with Woody Allen, and cinema's difficulty in capturing true intimacy.
It was announced this week that the life-size bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert that will reside outside of the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois will take its place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at noon
Editor's Note: Filmmaker Gregory Nava wrote the following essay for inclusion in the program book for the 2014 Spirit Awards, where Roger was honored in March.
A collection of quotes from filmmakers and critics honoring Roger's memory.
Spike Lee writes an open letter to A.O. Scott, A The Shining producer calls Room 237 "idiotic"; Facebook's latest money-grabbing ploy; Introducing The Critical Press; Archie Bunker and Norman Lear.
Sheila writes: In 1968, Stanley Kubrick, whose game-changing "2001" was released that year, was interviewed for Playboy magazine. You can check out a facsimile of the interview here, but Open Culture has transcribed some of it, in particular the section where Kubrick gives some predictions on what the world will look like in the year 2001. It's fascinating speculative stuff.
Here is the full schedule for Ebertfest 2014.