Darkest Hour stands apart from more routine historical dramas.
A review of Netflix's "She's Gotta Have It," an adaptation of Spike Lee's 1986 film.
Matt writes: The twentieth anniversary of Ebertfest, the film festival co-founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz Ebert at the University of Illinois, College of Media, is slated to run from Wednesday, April 18th, through Sunday, April 22nd, next year. Passes for the festival are now on sale at the official sites of Ebertfest and its main venue, The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, Illinois.
An article about the 2017 recipients of the Governors Awards.
An article announcing the 20th Anniversary of Ebertfest April 18-22, 2018 and tickets on sale November 1st.
Matt writes: With so many potential Oscar contenders vying for one's attention this season, I'd like to take a moment and recommend one that I absolutely loved. It is "Novitiate," a brilliantly acted and provocative drama written and directed by Margaret Betts. It revolves around a group of young women training to be nuns while under the strict guidance of their Reverend Mother (played by Melissa Leo in an Oscar-worthy performance). The ensemble includes some of the finest emerging talent in modern cinema, including Margaret Qualley, Liana Liberato, Morgan Saylor and Maddie Hasson. The film is currently in limited release and should definitely be sought out.
A study of the 1965 film "The War Game" and its relevance a half-century later.
An article on the winners of the 2017 Chicago International Film Festival.
"Barry Lyndon" is now available on Criterion Blu-ray.
A collection of memories about Hugh Hefner and social media responses to his passing.
A preview of Annette Insdorf's new book, "Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes."
The staff pays tribute to Harry Dean Stanton.
Matt writes: Werner Herzog celebrates his 75th birthday today, and we are pleased to announce that the latest Roger Ebert book will focus exclusively on the late critic's work about the revered filmmaker. Herzog by Ebert is being released this month by the University of Chicago Press. It contains Ebert's reviews of 15 Herzog films (along with two documentaries about the director), as well as six Great Movies essays, six interviews and an essential, rarely read conversation between the two men at Facet's Multimedia in 1979. Make sure to click here for a sneak peek at its comprehensive content.
An article about Roger Ebert's August 19th induction ceremony into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame at the American Writers Museum and reprint of lovely speech by Milos Stehlik
Matt writes: This month has marked the fiftieth anniversary of Arthur Penn's 1967 masterpiece, "Bonnie and Clyde." While many critics at the time were baffled and offended by the picture, Roger Ebert awarded it four stars, writing, "This is pretty clearly the best American film of the year. It is also a landmark. Years from now it is quite possible that 'Bonnie and Clyde' will be seen as the definitive film of the 1960s, showing with sadness, humor and unforgiving detail what one society had come to. The fact that the story is set 35 years ago doesn't mean a thing. It had to be set sometime. But it was made now and it's about us." Later that year, he wrote a piece taking on the film's naysayers, and in 1998, Ebert inducted "Bonnie and Clyde" into his Great Movies series. To commemorate the film's anniversary, writers at RogerEbert.com offered their reflections on the film's legacy.
Part I of our 2017 Pens to Lens Gala coverage, featuring remarkable short films written by students in Champaign-Urbana.
The Ebert Voices crew celebrates a classic as it turns 50 years old, Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde."
Brian Doan celebrates a James Bond classic.
On that particular Thursday in San Diego, I went from "Battlestar Galactica" to Sundance and back to a place of hope about random acts of kindness.
The latest on Blu-ray and DVD, including "The Boss Baby," "Kong: Skull Island," "Ghost in the Shell," and the Criterion releases of "Lost in America" and "Stalker"!
A report on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's upcoming grants banquet on August 2nd.
Matt writes: Chaz Ebert commemorated the 25th anniversary of her marriage to Roger on July 18th by republishing his unforgettable essay, "Roger Loves Chaz." She accompanied the post with various rarely seen wedding photos as well as the following video embedded below (entitled Joy).
An article about Roger Ebert's induction into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame slated for August 19th.
A tribute to the late horror filmmaker, George Romero.
A celebration of Penny Marshall's "A League of Their Own," which turns 25 this month.
An essay about "Secretary" from the July 2017 edition of online magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room.