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A Letter to Momo

Even scenes that work, such as a climax on a rain-soaked bridge, feel like they could have been trimmed by a few hand-drawn frames. Maybe…

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Cannibal

Visually striking and confident but frustratingly hollow in terms of character and narrative.

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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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Special Screening of "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"

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For all our Los Angeles readers: This Thursday you're in for a treat. To remember Roger, the Cinefamily has partnered with Cinespia to host an archival 35mm screening of the Ebert-penned cult classic, "Beyond the Valley of Dolls" featuring a performance by '60s psychedelic rockers The Strawberry Alarm Clock. Some of the "Beyond…" cast and crew, like Meyer bombshell Erica Gavin and groovy music supervisor Stu Philips, will be there. I'll be there too. And it all happens this Thursday, June 27th at 7:30pm at the the Saban Theatre, a newly restored 1930 Art Deco movie palace, at 8440 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, CA.

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A Kiss is Still a Kiss: Editor Donna Martin Recalls Working with Roger Ebert

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A remembrance by Roger Ebert's book editor Donna Martin: "I had never even seen "Siskel & Ebert" on television when I knew I wanted to publish Roger's first book. John McMeel, president of Universal Press Syndicate/Andrews McMeel Publishing in Kansas City, had met Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times newsroom back when John was selling syndicated features to newspapers."

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Crying on the Outside

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I cried yesterday at a retreat while listening to Michael Buble's rendition of "Smile." The tears came from out of nowhere. Music has a way of cutting through all of your defenses. It goes straight to the heart and just zings you. I have been on the go continuously for the last two months since Roger passed. I have been smiling through it all, remaining stoic, having my private moments but standing straight and steadfast. These tears came as a shock to me. But, oh, what a welcome relief.

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Roger Ebert Scholarship For Film Criticism established at Sundance Institute

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At a beautiful and moving event Wednesday evening, the Sundance Institute honored Roger Ebert's memory and also honored young filmmaker Ryan Coogler. It was an evening for remembering, but also for making sure that Roger's legacy goes on; the Sundance Institute announced the Roger Ebert Scholarship for Film Criticism to nurture young critics at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Meet the new editor of RogerEbert.com: Matt Zoller Seitz

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Please help me welcome the new Editor-in-chief for Rogerebert.com, Matt Zoller Seitz. What Roger and I found refreshing about Matt is his ability to spot and encourage talent in other journalists, critics and video essayists. He mentored them with a benevolent style that helped to bring out the best in what they did. Sound like someone we know?

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PRESS RELEASE: RogerEbert.com Announces Editor-in-Chief and Advisory Board; Pulitzer-nominated film critic Matt Zoller Seitz to curate content for site; Advisory Board Named

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CHICAGO, June 4, 2013 – Ebert Digital LLC, owner of the redesigned popular film review and movie news site, RogerEbert.com, has selected Matt Zoller Seitz, a Pulitzer-nominated film and television critic, as the new editor-in-chief. The site's three-member Advisory Board has also been named and will include serial entrepreneur Brad Keywell, co-founder of several technology companies, including Groupon, as well as award-winning Chicago editor, author and journalist Frank Sennett and internationally known Fortune 100 corporate consultant/coach Janelle Brittain.

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