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Winter Sleep

The running time of his new picture Winter Sleep, three hours and change, suggests weight, but at it happens, this movie struck me as both…

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Mr. Turner

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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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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The Thinking Molecules of Titan: 'Finish Roger's Story' Contest

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UPDATE, JUNE 27: Roger started this fun story about the patterns of molecules on Titan and the entries you are sending in to finish it are pretty cool and entertaining! We are leaving this contest open for one month, from June 18 to July 18, and after that time we will start sharing your entries and allowing you to vote on them. So please keep those entries coming!

Before he died, Roger was working on science fiction story about space exploration set in part at his beloved University of Illinois. We're having a contest to finish Roger's story. Write your own ending and send it to us. We'll gather the submissions, solicit your votes on which is the best, and announce the winner on the site. (Illustrations by Krishna Bala Shenoi.)

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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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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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