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Solo: A Star Wars Story

An engaging but unnecessary bit of backstory for one of blockbuster cinema's most beloved characters.

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The Tale

The film is one long interrogation, not only from Jennifer the character's standpoint, but from a directorial standpoint.

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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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Steve James Featured on Sam Fragoso's Talk Easy Podcast

Talk Easy is a weekly podcast of intimate, long-form interviews with people from all walks of life: filmmakers, comedians, activists, politicians, actors, and beyond. The show is hosted by film writer and RogerEbert.com contributor Sam Fragoso. Previous guests have included Michael Phillips, Alan Arkin, Charlene deGuzman, Melanie Lynskey, Eric André, Spencer Haywood, David Oyelowo, Don Cheadle and more. 

For the 25th episode of the podcast, legendary documentary filmmaker Steve James joins the show to talk with Fragoso about his extraordinary career. They discuss his masterpiece “Hoop Dreams,” his film about the late Roger Ebert, his new documentary, “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” as well as his intimate approach to making films about complex subjects.

Click on the Soundcloud link below to listen to the interview or download it, and click here for more episodes. 

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