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Lucy

Scarlett Johansson is an intriguing blank in Luc Besson's "Lucy," which is stranded somewhere between a stranger-in-a-strange-land action thriller and apocalyptic science fiction.

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Hercules

Dwayne Johnson tries, but he’s surrounded by poor CGI and a terrible adaptation of yet another comic book. Ian McShane steals what little movie there…

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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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"What Roger Meant To Us": A Panel at Elmhurst College

This Sunday, Elmhurst College is presenting a panel discussion entitled "What Roger Meant to Us," and I know it is going to be a wonderful event. The panel will include: Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune, who was a regular guest on "At the Movies with Ebert & Roper" and later teamed with A.O. Scott to review movies for "At the Movies,"; Roger's Sun-Times colleague Neil Steinberg; and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, who appeared on "Ebert Presents: At the Movies" and writes for this site. Chicago journalist Rick Kogan will moderate the panel. What a wonderful group of people to share their memories and their thoughts on Roger's impact. I look forward to the event, and knowing this group, I expect both tears and laughter.

I was looking at Elmhurst College's mission statement, and it struck me how much their core values resonate with the things Roger believed matter: intellectual excellence; community; social responsibility; stewardship; and faith, meaning and values.

The event takes place at Elmhurst College's Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel at 7pm on Sunday, November 10. Tickets are $20 for the public, free for students. Get more information here.

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