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Runoff

A family farm drama, a domestic tragedy, a thriller, and a statement on nature and civilization, beautifully put together by writer-director Kimberly Levin.

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Into the Grizzly Maze

Into the Grizzly Maze is so grating in its retrograde chest-thumping that it might as well be sponsored by so-called Men's Rights activists.

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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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Truly, Madly, Deeply

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Backdraft

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Madonna: Truth or Dare

(1991)

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Dice Rules

(1991)

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Daddy Nostalgia

(1991)

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FX 2: The Deadly Art Of Illusion

(1991)

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Journey Of Hope

(1991)

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Switch

(1991)

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Impromptu

(1991)

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One Good Cop

(1991)

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A Rage In Harlem

(1991)

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Spartacus

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New Jack City

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A Kiss Before Dying

(1991)

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The Object Of Beauty

(1991)

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Toy Soldiers

(1991)

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Mister Johnson

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Mortal Thoughts

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The Comfort Of Strangers

(1991)

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Eminent Domain

(1991)

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Ju Dou

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Perfectly Normal

(1991)

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True Colors

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The Marrying Man

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And we never will sing the Wild Rover no more

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On St. Patrick's Day in Chicago, back in the day, it seemed as if a good portion of the revelers cycled through O'Rourke's Pub on North Avenue in Chicago. The juke box was loaded with the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. No wonder. Their records were permanently enshrined in the box, and the regulars knew all the lyrics. Note: The blog software insists on displaying some of this content more than once. I can't talk it out of doing that. I'm sure you will prove equal to the challenge.

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You can't shut a good actor up

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On St. Patrick's Day I fell to thinking of Shay Duffin, who became a bit of a pal back in the 1970s when he came to Chicago with his one-man show, presenting an evening with Bendan Behan.

I found this online: A masterful example of an actor taking a routine red carpet interview and trying to run it all he way back for a touchdown. Look at the way he takes command of this interview, with a young woman who clearly hasn't a clue how to deal with him. She forgets his name, she forgets he's from Dublin, she cuts away, and still he's singing.

On St. Patrick's Day I fell to thinking of Shay Duffin, who became a bit ofa pal back in the19870s when he came rto Chcgowith his one-man show, presenting an evening with evening with Bendan Behan.

I found this online: A masterful example of an actor taking a routine red carpet interview and trying o run it all he way back foer a touchdown.

Look at the way he takes command of this interview, with a young woman who clearly hasn't a clue how to deal with him. She forgets his name, she forgets he's from Dublin, she cuts away, and still he's singing.

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