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Dear White People

You could make a (film geek) party game out of guessing director Justin Simien's influences, but his vision seems to spring directly from what's up…

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Private Violence

A look at the complexity of domestic violence, especially when it comes to the difficulty of prosecuting abusers in a court of law, "Private Violence"…

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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

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To the Wonder

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From Up on Poppy Hill

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The Host

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Ginger and Rosa

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On the Road

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Phil Spector

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Ballad of Narayama Great Movie

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Don't Stop Believing: Everyman's Journey

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Future Weather

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Bless Me, Ultima

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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

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Side Effects

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56 Up

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Stand Up Guys

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Quartet

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The Loneliest Planet

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West of Memphis

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LUV

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The Trouble with the Truth

(2012)

My revised predictions at about 1:40 pm CST 2/24/2013

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After giving my Official Outguess Ebert guesses in announcing my annual Oscar winners contest, a few weeks later--with my ear to the ground--I made some revisions: "Silver Linings Playbook" for Best Picture and Emmanuelle Riva for "Best Actress," in "Amour."

My official Outguesses must remain unchanged. My revised predictions don't count. Fair's fair.

An apology. Some readers found it impossible to enter, because of problems with the link. It took them to a registration form for the Sun-Times web site, and you must be registered to enter.

This, and only this, is the correct page for my Guesses. It links to our registration page. They expected to see a ballot.

Here's a link to my review of "Amour." I gave it four stars, and listed it as one of the year's ten Best. Holding an Outguess contest about it may strike some as a trifle silly. Unless you win the Delta Vacaions trip for two for Marvel's "Iron Man 3."

And here is my review of The Weinstein Company's "Silver Linings Playbook."

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Melissa Haizlip: Winner of this year's $25,000 Chaz and Roger Ebert Fellowship at the Indie Spirits Awards

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Melissa Haizlip was born in Boston and raised in the Virgin Islands, Connecticut and New York. After attending Yale, she moved to New York where she first collaborated with her uncle Ellis Haizlip when he produced the groundbreaking PBS special "Three by Three" for Great Performances: Dance In America (PBS).

After studying at Yale, and a 25-year career as a professional Broadway stage performer and TV / film actor, Melissa moved to Los Angeles to work in Development at the American Film Institute. She soon began casting for independent features, including "40," a multi-storyline, international thriller set in Turkey and Africa. After winning the Golden Orange Award for best new talent at the Antalya International Film Festival in Turkey 2009, "40" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2010, screened at Osaka 2010, and received special jury mention at Palm Springs 2011.

In 2009, Melissa founded Shoes In The Bed Productions, an independent film production company producing cinematic works of non-fiction with an emphasis on diverse new voices and filmmakers of color. The company's first feature-length documentary, Mr. SOUL! was featured during IFP's Independent Film Week 2010, Spotlight on Documentaries Forum, and is a participant in the 2011 Producers Guild of America Diversity Workshop. Mr. SOUL! screened at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 41st Annual Independent Film Series in 2011. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, which awarded a Spring 2012 Arts in Media grant to support producyion and post production costs of Mr. SOUL! Melissa is a Project: Involve Fellow in Film Independent's Class of 2012-2013.

And here is a link to the the Website for Melissa's film: .

And a link to my review of a previous winner.

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"The Art of the Video Essay," a page by Kevin Lee, grandmaster of the form

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By Kevin Lee, Our Far-Flung Correspondent

In the age of YouTube and Vimeo, one of the most exciting developments in film culture are online video essays that explore different aspects of the movies. These videos take footage from films and reconfigure them using editing, text, graphics and voiceover to reveal startling observations and insights, visualizing them in ways that text criticism can't. These videos are typically produced independently by using consumer-level equipment, demonstrating that just about anyone with a computer can be both a filmmaker and a critic. The only limits are those of imagination and intelligence.

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