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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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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
exclusive interviews with some of the most exciting voices in modern
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#323 March 6, 2018

Matt writes: After producing a half-century of vital and game-changing documentaries, the Chicago-based company Kartemquin Films scored its first nomination for Best Documentary this year at the Academy Awards. Steve James, the acclaimed director of "Hoop Dreams" and "Life Itself," earned the nomination for his latest riveting marvel, "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail." He also served as an executive producer on Laura Checkoway's astonishing documentary short, "Edith+Eddie," which received a well-deserved Oscar nomination this year as well. Prior to last Sunday's Oscar ceremony, I got to speak with Steve and Laura about their incredible work.

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#322 February 20, 2018

Matt writes: In honor of last weekend's crowd-pleasing hit, "Black Panther," the eagerly anticipated Marvel blockbuster helmed by "Creed" director Ryan Coogler, we have gathered three articles about the picture that is sure to delight fans of all ages. First up are Nell Minow's in-depth interviews with Coogler as well as costume designer Ruth Carter. We also have a beautiful four-star review penned by our critic Odie Henderson, who writes, “The numerous battle sequences that are staples of the genre are present, but they float on the surface of a deep ocean of character development and attention to details both grandiose and minute.”

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#321 February 6, 2018

Matt writes: The 2018 Sundance Film Festival may be complete, but our cinematic year is just getting started. Check out our table of contents for the full coverage of festival selections to look for in theaters this year, with reviews from Brian Tallerico, Nick Allen and Tomris Laffly. Also be sure to read the coverage penned by our Ebert Fellows, such as Jomo Fray's interview with Boots Riley, director of this year's smash, "Sorry to Bother You"; Gary Wilkerson Jr.'s touching review of Bo Burnham's "Eighth Grade"; and Brandon Towns' report on why 2018 was the "blackest Sundance ever."

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#320 January 23, 2018

Matt writes: The 2018 Sundance Film Festival is currently in full swing, and RogerEbert.com is there to review the highlights, with coverage headed by Managing Editor Brian Tallerico and Assistant Editor Nick Allen. Our site's publisher, Chaz Ebert, is serving on this year's documentary jury, alongside Oscar-winning documentarian Ezra Edelman ("O.J.: Made in America"). Make sure to check out reviews of much-anticipated titles such as Boots Riley's "Sorry to Bother You" (pictured below) and Panos Cosmatos' "Mandy."

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#319 January 9, 2018

Matt writes: Kick off 2018 with RogerEbert.com's compilation of interview highlights from 2017, featuring several of this year's awards season frontrunners, including "Darkest Hour" star Gary Oldman and "Lady Bird" writer/director Greta Gerwig. It also features conversations with artists sorely deserving of more Oscar buzz, such as "Mudbound" director Dee Rees and "The Big Sick" co-writer/star Kumail Nanjiani.

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