December 2018 archive

Happy New Year from All of Us at RogerEbert.com

I am so grateful to all of the editors, our regular contributors and all our other writers at RogerEbert.com, and I am happy to present their smiling faces during this Holiday Season. Please look them up individually when you want news and film reviews and you won’t be disappointed (click on each name, and you …

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The RogerEbert.com Interviews of 2018

Below is a collection of some of our favorite conversations from this year. Each interview features a quote from the conversation, as followed by a link at the end to the full interview. Enjoy this survey into a year of top-notch work from actors and directors, and we’ll see you in 2019.  THE STARS  Adriana …

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The House that Lars von Trier Built, and that I Live In

The first time I watched “Nymphomaniac,” it was cold and it was late and a slant of light from a street lamp striped the floor of my studio apartment, casting ugly shadows on the wall behind my laptop. Innocuous items—a mug full of pens, a bottle of vitamins, a porcelain deer—grew in size, a grotesque sprawl …

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Netflix Releases Interactive Movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Netflix and Charlie Brooker have unleashed something impressive for people to obsess about over the last weekend of 2018. It’s what’s being called an interactive movie named “Bandersnatch,” a new part of the award-winning “Black Mirror” universe. It’s a relatively simple 90-minute movie about an ‘80s game developer named Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) who works …

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Into the Dark: New Year, New You

There’s something inherently bullying in much of the self-help movement. Think about it. Most “inspirational” speakers and self-help gurus work from a position of dominance, emphasizing how much is wrong with your life that needs to be fixed. And, of course, they’re the best ones to fix it. Part of the concept of finding the …

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Office Space | New Year, New Me | 20th Century FOX

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Stan & Ollie

There are some entertainment-based duos for whom the mention of one name automatically conjures up the other: Brackett and Wilder, Ashford and Simpson, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Abbott and Costello, and of course, Laurel and Hardy. The title of Jon S. Baird’s funny, entertaining biopic “Stan & Ollie” refers to that last duo by …

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Kino Lorber’s Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers Box Set is a Treasure Trove of Silent Film History

If history is written by the winners, it’s no wonder the men who took over Hollywood in the late 1910s and 20s wrote out many of the women who helped forge the industry. Pioneers, dozens of them and likely many more names yet to be discovered, have been lost to time as men’s names have …

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Home Entertainment Consumer Guide: December 27, 2018

10 NEW TO NETFLIX “2 Fast 2 Furious””Apocalypse Now””Avengers: Infinity War””Baby Mama””The Fast and the Furious””The Innocents””Kill the Messenger””The Little Hours””Maps to the Stars””The Theory of Everything” 8 NEW TO BLU-RAY/DVD “Assassination Nation” I’m only human and so there’s a bit of an impulse to include a release in this column on which I’m quoted …

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Bad Times at the El Royale | Behind The Scenes | 20th Century FOX

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Holmes and Watson

It is often said that Sherlock Holmes, the legendary detective created by Arthur Conan Doyle, has made the most on-screen appearances in the history of cinema by a human fictional character (though he still runs second in total appearances to Dracula). I am not going to flat-out say that “Holmes & Watson,” the latest big …

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Paul Feig on A Simple Favor, Henry Golding’s Deleted Dance Scene and More

Paul Feig’s “A Simple Favor” is a comedy-thriller both shaken and stirred, as set in a glossy world of suburban moms who have their own secrets. It starts with an unlikely friendship: Anna Kendrick’s straight-laced mommy vlogger Stephanie gravitates to the hyper stylish and enigmatic Emily (Blake Lively), the two making for obvious opposites. But the …

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The Big Five-Oh: A Moviegoing Remembrance

I turned 50 today. Here’s an account of my life, by way of movies and moviegoing. The titles of movies have been arranged chronologically by release dates, but the memories themselves are not sorted that way. This is not a list of what I think are the best films of any given year. It’s a kaleidoscopic, fragmented biography …

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"Disorientation," a Poem by Astrophysicist Katie Mack

The following poem was written and published by astrophysicist Katie Mack, one of the special guests at this year’s Ebert Symposium. Also make sure to read her brilliant review of Damien Chazelle’s film “First Man,” published at Playboy.com. I am in awe of her and of this poem. Chaz Ebert DISORIENTATION by Katie Mack I want …

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Inaugural Roger Ebert Symposium: A Photo Journal

Merry Christmas! This past May, the United States successfully launched the Insight Lander and even now it is beaming back images from Mars that were impossible to imagine a short year ago. When President Kennedy called for a “moon shot” back in 1961, at a time when space travel was thought to be science-fiction, little …

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Why Mary Poppins Returns is Disney’s Best Reimagining to Date

“Can’t put me finger / on what lies in store / But I feel what’s to happen / all happened before.”—Bert (Dick Van Dyke) in “Mary Poppins” Fifty-four years after its release, “Mary Poppins” remains the greatest Disney film of all time. Had “Mary Poppins Returns” been a mere remake of Robert Stevenson’s 1964 Oscar-winning classic, it would …

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Destroyer

In the new crime thriller “Destroyer,” director Karyn Kusama has an intuitive feel for Los Angeles, its sun-blasted concrete, its overpasses providing shade for skateboarders—seen only in silhouette—the sidewalk churches covered in murals, the little unfashionable neighborhoods in stark contrast with the rolling greens of the mighty and corrupted rich. It’s Los Angeles as diverse …

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American Renegades

The French-American army-heist action-comedy “American Renegades” is a cross between “Ocean’s 11” and “The Expendables.” “American Renegades” is also not nearly as fun as that sounds. Don’t get me wrong, the “Expendables” and “Ocean’s 11” movies are primarily dumb, but enjoyable baubles that are attractive because, well, it’s fun to watch attractive celebrities be confident and stylish …

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Jordan Peele Talks Us Trailer, Plus 6 More Doppelganger Movies

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Jordan Peele Talks Us Trailer, Plus 6 More Doppelganger Movies Now that Universal Pictures has released the trailer for director Jordan Peele’s new social thriller film Us, ComingSoon.net can reveal the Academy Award winning Get Out filmmaker’s intro to the trailer which we saw earlier this month. Since the film is now revealed to involve a family of doppelgangers, we …

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Us Trailer: See the First Footage from Jordan Peele’s Get Out Followup!

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Us trailer: See the first footage from Jordan Peele’s Get Out followup! Universal Pictures has released the trailer for director Jordan Peele’s new social thriller film Us, his horrific second feature after Academy Award winner Get Out. You can check out the Us trailer below, and catch the film in theaters on March 15, 2019! PB …

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