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Reviews

Possession (2021)
Blackbird (2020)
Sweet Country (2018)
Peter Rabbit (2018)
Tommy's Honour (2017)
The Daughter (2017)
Backtrack (2016)
Escape Plan (2013)
The Vow (2012)
Daybreakers (2010)
Skin (2009)
Yes (2005)
Wimbledon (2004)
The Dish (2001)
Event Horizon (1997)
Restoration (1996)
Country Life (1995)
Sirens (1994)
The Piano (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Dead Calm (1989)
The Good Wife (1987)
Plenty (1985)

Blog Posts

Far Flungers

No Exorcist Can Handle Possession

To call it overwrought would be an understatement. Andrzej Żuławski's 1981 masterpiece, butchered upon its original American release and relegated to spurious video-nasty circulation, is now returning in all its hysterical glory, as a part of Brooklyn's BAMcinématek complete Żuławski retro, which will then move to Cinefamily in Los Angeles. Featuring what is arguably the bravest female performance ever put on film - namely, Isabelle Adjani's Cannes-winning turn of shamanistic intensity - the film dares its viewer to enter a trance-like state, in which genres blur and mate to yield a new level of cinematic expression.

May contain spoilers

Ebert Club

#100 February 1, 2012

Marie writes: While writer Brian Selznick was doing research for his book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret", he discovered the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia had a very old automaton in their collection. And although it wasn't one of machines owned by Georges Melies, it was remarkably similar and with a history akin to the one he'd created for the automaton in The Invention of Hugo Cabret...

Ebert Club

#90 November 23, 2011

Marie writes: club member Sandy Kahn has submitted the following and I salute her web skills for having found it. Namely, an upcoming auction of film memorabilia the likes of which you rarely if ever see...