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Faith of Our Fathers

"Faith of Our Fathers" doesn't work, and not because of its Christian message. The main problems are the obvious script, the bad acting, and the…

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Terminator Genisys

Schwarzenegger has turned into your elderly uncle, dancing like a goofball at your wedding after a couple glasses of champagne. He knows he’s being silly,…

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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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The Spectacular Now

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Computer Chess

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At Any Price

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Blancanieves

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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

(2013)

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To the Wonder

(2013)

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From Up on Poppy Hill

(2013)

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The Host

(2013)

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Ginger and Rosa

(2013)

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On the Road

(2013)

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Phil Spector

(2013)

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Ballad of Narayama Great Movie

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Don't Stop Believing: Everyman's Journey

(2013)

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Future Weather

(2012)

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Bless Me, Ultima

(2012)

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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

(2013)

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Side Effects

(2013)

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56 Up

(2013)

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Stand Up Guys

(2013)

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Quartet

(2012)

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The Loneliest Planet

(2013)

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West of Memphis

(2012)

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LUV

(2013)

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The Trouble with the Truth

(2012)

Bill Moyers on Creeping Creationism in our taxpayer-supported public schools

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Moyers devotes a full program to the way "intelligent design" is being used as a a Horse to smuggle religious fundamentalism into pubic schools. Included here, viewable separately, are his sessions with intellectual Susan Jacoby and with Zack Kopplin, who when he was a Louisiana high school student enlisted the support of Nobel Prize winners in his campaign to draw attention to the practice.

Here's a link to Kopplin's segment, and a full transcript on the issue.

My related blog entry, Win Ben Stein's Mind.

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How I am a Roman Catholic

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On Thursday morning, February 28, I found CNN featuring a continuous shot of a helicopter. The network cut between a close-up and a distant dot. It was Benedict, flying from the Vatican City. This was extraordinary attention for an ordinary cardinal, because as Benedict told the throng awaiting him, "I am no longer Pope." I am not a scholar of Catholic history, but I believe we were witnessing the first time the Papal throne was vacant while an elected Pope was alive.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum at 70: A tribute

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Three friends make a tribute to my own good friend and inspiration, Jonathan Rosenbaum. They write:

To celebrate a legendary critic's 70th birthday, two critic-filmmakers visit his home to create this intimate video present. Directed by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. Produced by Kevin B. Lee for Fandor Keyframe. Special thanks to Ben Sachs (unintentionally not in the end credits).

Rosenbaum's Wikipedia entry, with his provocative "Alternative Top 100.

Go here for Rosenbaum's web site.

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My wife Chaz, the television personality

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Note: This entry contains several high-quality embedded videos. It's necessary to give them time to load before attempting to view *any* of them.

Searching for mention of "Amour" on our 2012 PBS program "Ebert Presents at the Movies," I was pointed by Google to one of Chaz's video reports. I remembered liking her video at the time, started noodling through all of her reports, and found myself thinking of my wife's emerging role as a movie critic. For more than 20 years, she's attended virtually every film festival and press screening with me, debated the films, made friends with the people.

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