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John Wick

The film breathes exhilarating life into its tired premise, thanks to some dazzling action choreography, stylish visuals and–most importantly–a vintage anti-hero performance from Keanu Reeves.

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Low Down

Preiss' movie does a consistently excellent job of explaining the lure of jazz, and the psychology of addicts, their enablers and their children, without explaining…

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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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Roger Ebert became film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967. He is the only film critic with a star on Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame and was named honorary life member of the Directors' Guild of America. He won the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Screenwriters' Guild, and honorary degrees from the American Film Institute and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 1989 he has hosted Ebertfest, a film festival at the Virginia Theater in Champaign-Urbana. From 1975 until 2006 he, Gene Siskel and Richard Roeper co-hosted a weekly movie review program on national TV. He was Lecturer on Film for the University of Chicago extension program from 1970 until 2006, and recorded shot-by-shot commentaries for the DVDs of "Citizen Kane," "Casablanca," "Floating Weeds" and "Dark City," and has written over 20 books.

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Brooklyn Castle

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The Life of Oharu Great Movie

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Chasing Mavericks

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The American Scream

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The Other Son

(2012)

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Cloud Atlas

(2012)

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Keep the Lights On

(2012)

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Pusher

(2012)

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The Sessions

(2012)

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Alex Cross

(2012)

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Easy Money

(2012)

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Simon and the Oaks

(2012)

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Middle of Nowhere

(2012)

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You've Been Trumped

(2012)

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For Ellen

(2012)

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Smashed

(2012)

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Now, Forager: A Film About Love and Fungi

(2012)

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Seven Psychopaths

(2012)

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The House I Live In

(2012)

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Argo

(2012)

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Fred Won't Move Out

(2012)

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Sinister

(2012)

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Taken 2

(2012)

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The Ambassador

(2012)

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Q: I went to see "No Country for Old Men" with a group of my friends. I was absolutely fascinated and riveted by the film and think it is the best film I have seen thus far this year. My very good friend, who also happens to be a very smart guy, thought the film was terrible. I was shocked. Should I debate the merits of the film with him? Is it even worth debating such a wonderful film when the person you are debating with has no appreciation for it, and does it pose a risk to the friendship?

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