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.
A posthumous tribute to two male directors who encouraged audience identification with women onscreen and made opportunities for female film artists.
Anton Yelchin's parents speak out; 80th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz"; R.I.P. Stephen Reinhardt; "Vice" and the creation of historical narratives; Aaron Sorkin on William Goldman.
Matt writes: In honor of the nominees being announced this morning for the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, let's analyze perhaps the most important "Oscar movie" of all time, "A Star Is Born." Bradley Cooper's awards contender is the fifth screen version of the story, and though it is a remarkable achievement in its own right, the best of them all still remains George Cukor's 1954 masterpiece starring Judy Garland in the greatest performance of her career.
An essay about the five screen versions of "A Star Is Born," and why George Cukor's 1954 masterpiece still reigns supreme.
The familiar story, told with a naturalistic sheen, strong songwriting, most of the old contrivances, and a few new ones.
Matt writes: In this final Ebert Club newsletter of the year, released to you on Christmas Day, we are sharing the RogerEbert.com staff's picks for the Top 10 Films of 2018.
An obituary for the one and only Jerry Lewis.
An interview with actress Gena Rowlands on the occasion of a John Cassavetes/Rowlands retrospective at NYC's Metrograph.