A collection of reviews that our writers thought of when considering Roger Ebert's belief that film is an empathy machine.
Glenn Kenny digs deeper into the ethics of a new documentary about Albert Speer, now updated twice, once with a response from the film's director Vanessa Lapa, and also with a reply from Andrew Birkin in response to Vanessa Lapa's letter.
Matt writes: In light of the anti-racism protests that have swept our nation, triggered by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, it is a perfect time to revisit Spike Lee's 1992 masterpiece, "Malcolm X." In addition to Roger Ebert's four-star review of the epic film, as well as his interviews with Lee and the film's star, Denzel Washington, be sure to read the new essay penned by our Far Flung Correspondent, Omer M. Mozaffar, in which he hails the movie as a "timeless sermon."
Matt writes: Over this past Fourth of July weekend, we were saddened to learn of the passing of an enormously influential icon in the Chicago film community, Milos Stehlik (1949-2019), co-founder of Facets Multimedia, who passed away on Saturday at age 70. Chaz Ebert hailed him as one of cinema's biggest advocates and humanitarians.