Zombieland: Double Tap
The vast majority of sequels are unnecessary, but Zombieland: Double Tap feels particularly so, especially coming out a decade after the original.
Matt Fagerholm is an Assistant Editor at RogerEbert.com and is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association. He
spent four years writing film reviews and interviews for
HollywoodChicago.com and has contributed to a variety of publications
including Time Out Chicago, The A.V. Club and Magill's Cinema Annual. His writing/editing experience includes serving as Assistant A&E Editor at the Columbia Chronicle and a full-time writer at the Woodstock Independent. He is a monthly guest on Vocalo radio's The Morning AMp program, and is also the founder of Indie Outlook, a blog and podcast featuring
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A preview of the 2019 DOC10 Film Festival (April 11-14) in Chicago, featuring reviews of "Hail Satan?", "Mike Wallace Is Here," "Midnight Family," "The Infiltrators," "Knock Down the House," "Anthropocene: The Human Epoch," "The Biggest Little Farm," "The Distant Barking of Dogs" and "One Child Nation."
Matt writes: The full line-up for our 21st annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival (a.k.a. Ebertfest), running Wednesday, April 10th, through Saturday, April 13th, is now available on RogerEbert.com. We are dedicating the festival this year to the memory of one of our favorite actors and frequent guests, Scott Wilson, whose great 1984 film "A Year of the Quiet Sun" is among the selections. We also look forward to celebrating the longtime on-air partnership Roger had with Richard Roeper, who will be on hand for two special screenings, as well as the legacy of "Rachel Getting Married" director Jonathan Demme.
Matt writes: Our annual Women Writers Week at RogerEbert.com ran from Monday, March 4th, through Sunday, March 10th, this year, and featured must-read essays, interviews and reviews from so many essential writers, including our Assistant Editor Nell Minow; our weekly critics Monica Castillo, Tomris Laffly, Christy Lemire and Sheila O'Malley; and frequent contributors such as Jana Monji, Allison Shoemaker and Katherine Tulich.
Matt writes: For the second year in a row, I had the great privilege of representing RogerEbert.com in the Oscar press room, providing coverage of the 91st Academy Awards from my perch backstage, where all the winners of the night came to answer questions and thank everyone they forgot onstage (or couldn't mention due to the limited time). You can read my full report here, including my interactions with such talents as Alfonso Cuarón, as well as Nick Allen's report of the telecast itself.
An interview with actor Franz Rogowski, star of Christian Petzold’s "Transit."
A report from the Oscar press room at the 91st Academy Awards.
Matt writes: With the 91st Academy Awards telecast scheduled to be broadcast this Sunday, February 24th, Collin Souter devotes his latest installment of Short Films in Focus to all of the shorts nominated for Oscars this year (and yes, ALL of the nominees deserve to be televised, as do the entirety of the winners' acceptance speeches in each category). One of the Best Documentary Short Subject nominees, Marshall Curry's "A Night at the Garden" is embedded below, and according to Souter, it appears to have "broken precedent" with its exceptionally brief running time (clocking in just over seven minutes in length).
An interview with Stephen Merchant, writer/director of "Fighting with My Family."
Morgan Saylor on "Anywhere With You"; Oscar hopeful Caleb Deschanel; Problem with "Extremely Wicked"; Soderbergh on Netflix; 11 influential facts about "A Woman Under the Influence."
Matt writes: Though the 2019 Sundance Film Festival wrapped this past Sunday, RogerEbert.com is still adding to its coverage of the various cinematic highlights, all of which can be found in our official Table of Contents. There you will find reviews and interviews penned by Brian Tallerico, Nick Allen, Tomris Laffly and Monica Castillo, as well as special dispatches from this year's trio of Ebert Fellows: Niani Scott, Whitney A. Spencer and Tiffany Walden.