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Matt Fagerholm is an Assistant Editor at Ebert
Publishing and is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association. He
spent four years writing film reviews and interviews for
HollywoodChicago.com and has contributed to a variety of publications
including Time Out Chicago, The A.V. Club and Magill's Cinema Annual. His writing/editing experience includes serving as Assistant A&E Editor at the Columbia Chronicle and a full-time writer at the Woodstock Independent. He is a monthly guest on Vocalo radio's The Morning AMp program, and is also the founder of Indie Outlook, a blog and podcast featuring
exclusive interviews with some of the most exciting voices in modern
independent filmmaking. Follow him on Twitter at @IndieOutlook.
Alexis G. Zall on "Coin Heist" and YouTube; What is a dog's purpose; Ed Asner on Mary Tyler Moore; 25 intimidating movies; Power of cheap music.
An interview with Raoul Peck, director of "I Am Not Your Negro."
A review of Amazon's "Z: The Beginning of Everything."
Matt writes: The 2017 installment of the Sundance Film Festival, running from January 19th through the 29th in Park City, Utah, is making headlines with its latest slate of enticing titles, and RogerEbert.com is providing in-depth coverage there every day. Take a look at Nick Allen's preview article for an overview of the most anticipated selections, and skim through our site's Sundance section to find an updated list of the most recent articles. For a supremely fascinating flashback, check out Roger Ebert's article about the first Sundance Film Festival, published on July 5th, 1981.
Roger Ebert on kindness; Gerald Levin defends John Lewis; Bush sisters write to the Obama girls; Harriet Tubman strides onto TV; Nina Turner on the audacity of hope.
An interview with Asghar Farhadi, writer/director of "The Salesman."
Matt writes: At the end of a year overwhelmed with loss, it was devastating to lose two of the brightest stars in the Hollywood galaxy, a mother and daughter duo for the ages. Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, Carrie Fisher, each achieved stardom at age 19—the former in 1952’s “Singin’ in the Rain,” the latter in 1977’s “Star Wars.” These pictures will forever stand as two of the all-time greatest entertainments, and Roger Ebert penned Great Movies essays on both of them, claiming that “there is no movie musical more fun” than “Singin’ in the Rain,” while hailing “Star Wars” as a masterpiece that “melded a new generation of special effects with the high-energy action picture.”
Carrie Fisher interviews Madonna; Why we can't forget Meg White; Realism of "In the Army Now"; Relevance of "Blow-Up"; Things romance readers are sick of hearing.
"Life Itself" to screen at Maryland doc series; Mark Hamill on Carrie Fisher; "Children of Men" is more shocking than ever; Jim Hemphill on "Snowden"; Top 100 Favorite Films.
Matt writes: With New Year's Eve quickly approaching, movie buffs are already setting their DVRs to record annual broadcasts of Michael Curtiz's 1942 classic, "Yankee Doodle Dandy," featuring its Oscar-winning performance from James Cagney as George M. Cohan. In his Great Movies essay on the film, Roger Ebert reflected on just how large of a departure this role was for the actor.