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Book Excerpt: Portraits of Resistance: The Cinema of Céline Sciamma

Here at RogerEbert.com, we are pleased to excerpt Orla Smith’s foreword from the new book Portraits of Resistance: The Cinema of Céline Sciamma, which is published by Seventh Row. For more information on the book, click here.  Back in 2015, Céline Sciamma changed the way our Seventh Row team looks at filmmaking. Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney interviewed her about …

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Ebertfest Announces Kathryn Bostic and the Opening and Closing Night Films for 2020 Festival

The 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (Ebertfest), co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert, announced three films for its upcoming April 15-18 event at the Virginia Theater. Ebertfest is a joint project of Chaz Ebert and the College of Media at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, the hometown of the late film critic, Roger Ebert. …

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Bright Wall/Dark Room February 2020: Trash, Art, and Book Club: A Toast to Our Aging Icons by Carrie Courogen

We are pleased to offer an excerpt from the February edition of the online magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room. The theme for their February issue is “A Fine Mess,” and we’re spending the month celebrating movies we love because of their flaws, not despite them. In addition to Carrie Courogen’s essay about “Book Club,” the new issue also features essays …

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The American Pavilion Announces the Insider’s Cannes Program

The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival has just announced an Insider’s Cannes Program for its 2020 installment running from Monday, May 18th, through Sunday, May 24th. Program members will be invited to attend the festival, with accommodations provided by The Best Western Cannes Riviera Hotel and Spa, which is within walking distance of the Palais …

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Sundance 2020: Table of Contents

The following Table of Contents includes our coverage of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, as written by Brian Tallerico, Nick Allen, Tomris Laffly, Robert Daniels, Carlos Aguilar, and Monica Castillo.”Bad Hair””Be Water””The Climb””Coded Bias””Dick Johnson is Dead””Dinner in America””The Dissident””Falling””The Go-Go’s””Happy Happy Joy Joy””Kajillionaire””Miss Americana””Miss Juneteenth””Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always””The Painter and the Thief””Promising Young Woman””Siempre, Luis””Summertime””Timmy …

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The 4-Star Films of 2019

The staff of RogerEbert.com reviews an average of 10 films a week, which means roughly 500 reviews a year. 44 times this year, our incredible roster of critics decided to give the highest possible grade, four stars, and we wanted to take one last chance to highlight not just those films but our writing about …

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The Great Performances of 2019

What makes a great performance? People often conflate character with performance – thinking unforgettable characters must come from great acting. This is certainly partially true. There’s an art to crafting a character you’ll never forget. But why certain characters take up more real estate in our minds than others is still an issue that eludes …

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Bright Wall/Dark Room December 2019: To the Very End by Calvin McMillin

We are pleased to offer an excerpt from the December issue of the online magazine, Bright Wall/Dark Room. The theme of for December issue is “Best of the Decade” and, in addition to this “Twin Peaks” piece by Calvin McMillin, also features new essays on “The Florida Project,” “The Tree of Life,” “It Follows,” “Beginners” / “20th Century Women,” “Nathan For …

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The Individual Top Tens of the Decade

Back in November, we presented the site’s Top 25 of the 2010s, led by Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” In conjunction with our Best of 2019 and its associated lists, we wanted to share the individual top tens of the films released from 2010-2019 from our regular critics and wonderful contributors. Enjoy.  Brian Tallerico1. …

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The Individual Top Tens of 2019

On Wednesday, we released the RogerEbert.com consensus Top Ten Films of 2019, led by Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” Today, we dig deeper, presenting you with all submitted lists from our brilliant critics and independent contributors. There are over 200 films cited below as among the best of 2019, displaying both the diversity in quality at …

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Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood Leads Chicago Critics Nominations

Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” led the 2019 Chicago Film Critics Association nominees with nine, including Picture, Director, Supporting Actor, and Original Screenplay. Fellow Best Picture nominees “The Irishman” and “Little Women” claimed eight, while “Marriage Story” and “Parasite” nabbed seven each.  RogerEbert.com Editor Brian Tallerico is the President of the CFCA and writer Peter Sobczynski …

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Chaz Ebert Named 2019 Laureate of the Beethoven Spirit Award at 10th Annual Beethoven Birthday Bash

The International Beethoven Project (IBP) has announced that RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert is the 2019 laureate of the Beethoven Spirit Award! She will receive the accolade at an event celebrating Beethoven’s 249th birthday under the iconic Tiffany dome at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington Street, from 4pm to 7pm on Monday, December 16th (you can …

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The Ten Best Films of 2019

The decade ended with one of its best years in film, a 12-month period filled with unique, personal visions across the spectrum of genre and budget. Some of our greatest filmmakers returned with work that felt like commentaries on their entire careers while new voices were added to the cinematic conversation. One of the things …

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Earth, Wind & Fire to Become First R&B Group to Receive Kennedy Center Honors on December 8th

Earth, Wind & Fire, the beloved Grammy-winning band best known for songs such as “September” and “Shining Star,” will become the first R&B group to receive the Kennedy Center Honors during the annual ceremony held on Sunday, December 8th, which will subsequently be broadcast the following Sunday, December 15th, at 7pm CST on CBS.  Band …

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Black Cinema to be Celebrated by the Critics Choice Association at December 2nd Ceremony Honoring Murphy, Long, Ejiofor and Lemmons

A Celebration of Black Cinema held by the Critics Choice Association (formerly known as the Broadcast Film Critics Association) is scheduled for Monday, December 2nd, at the new Landmark Annex, part of the Landmark Theatre complex in Los Angeles. The event aims to honor over 100 years of black cinema by awarding four individuals for their outstanding achievements in film. …

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Benjamin Marshall Documentary to Premiere Today at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center

A documentary depicting the achievements of visionary Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall, “Benny Goes Hollywood,” will premiere at noon today, November 19th, at the Gene Siskel Theater, 164 N. State Street, Chicago. The event is hosted by the Benjamin Marshall Society which raised the funds to produce the film. Following the noon showing of the 30-minute documentary …

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Bright Wall/Dark Room November 2019: I Don’t Know How to Do Anything Else by Kellie Herson

We are pleased to offer an excerpt from the November issue of the online magazine, Bright Wall/Dark Room. The theme for their November issue is Neo-Noir and, in addition to Kellie Herson’s piece below, the issue also includes new pieces on “Fargo,” “Veronica Mars,” “Brick,” “Gone Girl,” “Hustlers,” “Affliction,” “In the Cut,” “Fallen Angels,” “The Spanish Prisoner,” “Cutter’s Way,” “Black Widow,” …

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Seventh Row Publishes Beyond Empowertainment, a Critical Study of Feminism in Horror

Here at RogerEbert.com, we are pleased to offer Mary Angela Rowe’s foreword from the new book Beyond Empowertainment. Below is an introduction from Seventh Row’s press release, and then the foreword.  Beyond Empowertainment: Feminist Horror and the Struggle for Female Agency spotlights a new generation of female-centred horror classics that focus on women’s psychological experience of fear. …

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Chicago Journalists Association Upholds Journalistic Excellence at its 80th Anniversary Awards Dinner on November 15th

No society can remain strong and free without the Fourth Estate of journalists safeguarding the truth. There is no democracy without a free press. That is why I am honored to be participating in this Friday’s 80th Anniversary Awards Dinner for the Chicago Journalists Association, detailed in full below. —Chaz Ebert This Friday, November 15th, 2019, at …

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The Best Films of the 2010s: Where to Watch Them

With the final reveal of the best films of the 2010s, below we are providing a list indicating which streaming services are carrying our picks for the decade. Streaming availability is subject to change.  NETFLIX: “Moonlight” (#2), “Under the Skin” (#7), “Roma” (#8), “A Separation” (#12), “The Look of Silence” (#21), “Boyhood” (#25), “Blue is the …

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