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At its best, Blaze feels like a cinematic translation of not just Blaze Foley’s life but his music, anchored by two incredibly likable, lived-in performances.

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It would be impressive even without the palpable sense of connection and understanding that Liu brings to the material, but its easygoing intimacy is what…

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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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A motley group convenes at the Steak 'n Shake after the opening night film to continue an annual Ebertfest tradition. The shot was e-mailed to Roger and Chaz within moments of being taken. (photo and foreground thumb by Jim Emerson)

Introducing "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" Sunday at Ebertfest, Roger Ebert used a laptop to speak for him. More about the festival in a few days (I'm still on the road and very busy), but if you want to see/hear a Quicktime video of Roger's introduction (I took it with my Treo 680 from the third row, my customary place in the Virginia Theatre -- usually in the third or fourth row next to my movie-mates David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson (check out their Ebertfest blog coverage here), who are about to head off for New Zealand, you can play it by clicking here. It's not great quality, but it plays just swell in Quicktime.

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