I say this flick Shaft is a bad movie. Shut yo’ mouth.
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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Matt writes: Sometimes the job of a critic is to provide a platform for films not receiving their deserved attention from audiences. In light of its underwhelming box office numbers, I'd like to place a spotlight on one of the year's most acclaimed movies, Olivia Wilde's "Booksmart," a wonderful comedy about teenage friends encouraged to break the rules in their final hours as high schoolers.
A special edition of Thumbnails spotlighting our coverage of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Matt writes: The 72nd Cannes Film Festival came to a close last week, and RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert was there to cover the highlights in her exclusive video dispatches, along with contributors led by Barbara Scharres and Ben Kenigsberg, whose daily reviews did a marvelous job of covering the highlights.
A special edition of Thumbnails spotlighting coverage of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
An interview with Alex Thompson and Kelly O'Sullivan, director and writer/star, respectively, of the CCFF-opening Saint Frances.
Matt writes: On April 28th, the movie world lost a true giant: filmmaker John Singleton, whose 1991 masterpiece, "Boyz N the Hood," remains one of the most astonishing feature debuts in cinema history. Roger Ebert awarded the picture four stars, writing that it was one of "the best American films of recent years." Roger's thoughts regarding the entirety of Singleton's career were detailed in a special compilation by Nick Allen, while Odie Henderson penned a deeply moving obituary for the trailblazing auteur. I was among the writers at RogerEbert.com who paid tribute to Singleton in a separate article, "Breaking Barriers."
Matt writes: Considering that the movie of the moment is inarguably "Avengers: Endgame," the Russo Brothers' culmination of the 22-film Marvel Cinematic Universe launched in 2008 with Jon Favreau's "Iron Man," we've decided to open this edition of the Ebert Club newsletter with our coverage of the record-breaking mega-blockbuster.
Matt writes: The 21st annual edition of Roger Ebert's Film Festival (a.k.a. Ebertfest), concluded last Saturday, and you can find all the onstage Q&As embedded in our festival coverage. Brian Tallerico covered the opening night screening of "Amazing Grace," while Nick Allen covered the Day 2 panels ("Challenging Stigma Through the Arts" and "Women in Cinema") and screenings ("Coeur Fidele," "Rachel Getting Married" and "Bound," culminating in an unforgettable Q&A with Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon). Peter Sobczynski covered Day 3 of the festival ("Sebastian," "Cold War," "Cane River," "A Year of the Quiet Sun" and "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion"), and Nick did the write-up for Day 4 ("Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise," "Won't You Be My Neighbor?", "Almost Famous" and "Sideways"). The 2018-19 University of Illinois College of Media Roger Ebert Fellows, Curtis Cook, Pari Apostolakos and Eunice Alpasan, also contributed their own dispatches.
An interview with Claire Denis, director/co-writer of "High Life."
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."