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Widows

McQueen’s masterful film is the kind that works on multiple levels simultaneously—as pure pulp entertainment but also as a commentary on how often it feels…

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The Girl in the Spider's Web

The cinematic equivalent of a clip-on version of the nose ring that its central character famously sports throughout—a simulacrum that tries to evoke the edge…

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Ballad of Narayama

"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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Special Screening of "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"

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For all our Los Angeles readers: This Thursday you're in for a treat. To remember Roger, the Cinefamily has partnered with Cinespia to host an archival 35mm screening of the Ebert-penned cult classic, "Beyond the Valley of Dolls" featuring a performance by '60s psychedelic rockers The Strawberry Alarm Clock. Some of the "Beyond…" cast and crew, like Meyer bombshell Erica Gavin and groovy music supervisor Stu Philips, will be there. I'll be there too. And it all happens this Thursday, June 27th at 7:30pm at the the Saban Theatre, a newly restored 1930 Art Deco movie palace, at 8440 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, CA.

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A Kiss is Still a Kiss: Editor Donna Martin Recalls Working with Roger Ebert

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A remembrance by Roger Ebert's book editor Donna Martin: "I had never even seen "Siskel & Ebert" on television when I knew I wanted to publish Roger's first book. John McMeel, president of Universal Press Syndicate/Andrews McMeel Publishing in Kansas City, had met Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times newsroom back when John was selling syndicated features to newspapers."

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Crying on the Outside

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I cried yesterday at a retreat while listening to Michael Buble's rendition of "Smile." The tears came from out of nowhere. Music has a way of cutting through all of your defenses. It goes straight to the heart and just zings you. I have been on the go continuously for the last two months since Roger passed. I have been smiling through it all, remaining stoic, having my private moments but standing straight and steadfast. These tears came as a shock to me. But, oh, what a welcome relief.

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