A film that sentimentalizes and softens what was clearly a very difficult situation, turning something that should be effective and honest into something that too…
Matt Fagerholm is an Assistant Editor at RogerEbert.com 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
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Melika Bass chats with Michael Glover Smith; Drawing away clichés; Franklin Leonard's Hollywood list; On the set of "The Last Picture Show"; Distillation process of adaptation.
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami on "Sonita"; Chicago filmmakers on the Trump era; Jamal Joseph on "Chapter and Verse"; Maggie Greenwald on "Sophie and the Rising Sun"; The boy from "Charade".
A report on the Smithsonian Channel's "The Obama Years: The Power of Words," and its recent screening in Chicago.
Oscar nominees spotlight diversity; Best Actor Battle; Damien Chazelle wins DGA Award; "The Salesman" may win thanks to Trump; All nominees tipped to win.
Matt writes: You don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy the spectacle and exhilaration of the Super Bowl, and the same is true of sports films. There are endless uplifting pictures charting the triumph of underdogs in various sports, with football being one of the most crowd-pleasing. Roger Ebert gave favorable reviews to several of them, including Warren Beatty and Buck Henry's very funny 1978 comedy, "Heaven Can Wait," Gurinder Chadha's delightful 2002 dramedy, "Bend It Like Beckham" and Peter Berg's 2004 drama, "Friday Night Lights."
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.