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Stronger

Some of it is too broad, and I wish it dug a little deeper at times, but this is one of those rare inspirational films…

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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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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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Special Treatment

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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

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Puncture

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George Harrison: Living in the Material World

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Munger Road

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50/50

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Machine Gun Preacher

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My Afternoons With Marguerite

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Weekend

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Resurrect Dead: Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

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Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

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Killer Elite

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Love Crime

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Dolphin Tale

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Moneyball

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Restless

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Drive

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Bellflower

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Straw Dogs

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Mysteries of Lisbon

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Amigo

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Warrior

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Mozart's Sister

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Circumstance

(2011)

A shooting in Harsh Park

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When I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago, I must have driven past the little park a few times. Hyde Park, where the University is located, is a neighborhood including fraternity houses, foundation headquarters, school department offices, even President Obama's family home. Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House can be found there, and Henry Moore's chilling death's-sculpture marking the place where scientists first split the atom.

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