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Although the title is confounding and perhaps the movie’s worst misstep, it’s Byrne’s digitized and stilted delivery that earns the biggest laughs.

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"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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Veronica Cartwright on "The Field"; Musso & Frank turns 100, Silent films' universally accessible power; 'Mrs. Maisel' actresses battle restraints on women; In defense of "The Fanatic."

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#361 August 20, 2019

Matt writes: On August 11th, the African American Film Critics Association held its inaugural TV Honors ceremony, co-hosted by AAFCA president Gil Robertson IV and RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert. Ava DuVernay's Netflix series, "When They See Us," about the exonerated Central Park Five, earned four accolades, including Best Limited Series, Best Writing, Best Ensemble and Best Breakthrough Performance (the brilliant Jharrel Jerome).

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#359 July 23, 2019

Matt writes: This Thursday, July 25th, and next Tuesday, July 30th, the 1979 classic, "The Muppet Movie," produced by Jim Henson and directed by James Frawley, will be returning to the big screen for its 40th anniversary, courtesy of Fathom Events. Roger Ebert was among the film's many admirers, as evidenced by his enthusiastic review. I had the tremendous honor of getting to interview one of my lifelong heroes, Dave Goelz (a.k.a. The Great Gonzo), about his experience working with Henson & Co. as well as the spiritual and philosophical power of The Muppets. We also discussed the upcoming Netflix series, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," which premieres on August 30th, and serves as a prequel to Henson's audacious 1982 fantasy, "The Dark Crystal" (Goelz performs in both).

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#358 July 9, 2019

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.

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