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The Babadook

The finest and most genuinely provocative horror movie to emerge in this still very-new century

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

It’s a fascinating look into a creative process that has been essential to the history of animation, but it could have been tighter as a…

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Ebertfest 2010 discussions, panel videos archived

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Panels, film introductions and post-screening discussions were live-streamed from Ebertfest 2010 in Champaign-Urbana via Ustream and have now been archived for "on demand" viewing. Check the Ebertfest 2010 Channel listings here. Full schedule here. And for a directory of bloggers and tweeters who covered Ebertfest, see here.

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A personal vision with international scope

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CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- Michael Tolkin, the writer-director of 1994's "The New Age," which played at Ebertfest on Thursday, surveyed the packed house from the stage of Champaign's historic Virginia Theater and said, "This now doubles the number of people who saw this film on its first release."

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Ebertfest 2010 T-shirts are now on sale

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Ebertfest 2010 T-shirts are now on sale. They display Ebert's sketch shown above, on a Hanes shirt of Heather Grey, and come in sizes small to XXXL. All profits go directly to support Ebertfest. At present sales are available only in the United States. This year's festival will be held April 21-25 at the landmark Virginia theater in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and is a presentation of the University of Illinois College of Media.

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"Twilight: New Moon" is processed lunch meat

From Lisa Walden, New Rochelle, NY: The "Twilight: New Moon" DVD was just released last week and I rented it. I am a 52 year old African-American woman who truly enjoys film. I attempt to see as many films in theaters as I can but time may not allow my catching some so I have to make do with rental.

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Ladies and gentlemen... this -- is Cinerama!

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BRADFORD, England -- There were no stars. No story. Just three panels of stunning images projected in full colour on a curved screen backed by seven channels of sound placed around the auditorium. A far cry from the black and white images and monophonic sound moviegoers were used to.

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Atom Egoyan's erotic melodrama

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Atom Egoyan often makes erotic melodramas. There was a time when audiences perked up at the prospect of, oh, you know, sex and nudity and stuff, but these days moviegoers seem strangely neutered. They'd rather look at fighting machines or 3-D animals. They like their porn the way it's presented on the Net, wham-bam, thank you, man. The notion of erotic tension uncoiling within the minds of characters and unfolding languidly in sensuous photography is, I dunno, too artistic.

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