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Always in Season

A very hard sit for many, but this film should be seen. It is an unflinching look at how the racial sins of the past…

Where's My Roy Cohn?

"Homosexuals have AIDS. I have liver cancer." That corrosive line from Tony Kushner's acclaimed play "Angels in America" is delivered by the character of Roy Cohn,…

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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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"What Roger Meant To Us": A Panel at Elmhurst College

This Sunday, Elmhurst College is presenting a panel discussion entitled "What Roger Meant to Us," and I know it is going to be a wonderful event. The panel will include: Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune, who was a regular guest on "At the Movies with Ebert & Roper" and later teamed with A.O. Scott to review movies for "At the Movies,"; Roger's Sun-Times colleague Neil Steinberg; and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, who appeared on "Ebert Presents: At the Movies" and writes for this site. Chicago journalist Rick Kogan will moderate the panel. What a wonderful group of people to share their memories and their thoughts on Roger's impact. I look forward to the event, and knowing this group, I expect both tears and laughter.

I was looking at Elmhurst College's mission statement, and it struck me how much their core values resonate with the things Roger believed matter: intellectual excellence; community; social responsibility; stewardship; and faith, meaning and values.

The event takes place at Elmhurst College's Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel at 7pm on Sunday, November 10. Tickets are $20 for the public, free for students. Get more information here.

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