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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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AMC’s Dispatches from Elsewhere Wants to Warp Your Mind

AMC’s “Dispatches from Elsewhere” is an ambitious, strange drama with eccentricities that often overwhelm what works about it. After four episodes, I have no idea what’s really happening, but I think that’s part of the point. It’s a show about people breaking out of their shells, and the idea is often that the break is what …

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“I’m Not Special”: Lulu Wang Serves Cocktails Garnished with Industry Truths and Filmmaking Advice at Behind-The-Bar Q&A

Sunlight still washed over Los Angeles on Sunday late afternoon when cinema enthusiasts and aspiring professionals began lining up outside Auburn, a fine dining establishment on the corner of Melrose and Citrus, to partake in a one-of-a-kind session between a filmmaker and her audience—a series of boozy exchanges that had us all drunk on unsentimental …

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Making Impossible Movies Happen: Benh Zeitlin on Wendy

When Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) declares that she’s “The Man” in Benh Zeitlin’s Oscar-nominated 2012 debut feature, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” it doesn’t matter that she’s a six-year-old girl with a dying father and a submerged hometown. The sheer force of her determination, personality and indomitable strength make her unmistakably The Man in every sense, …

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No Solutions: A Personal Examination of Online Anger About Guns Akimbo

“While young critics dream of being pull-quoted, I asked for mine not to be used. Here’s why.” Like some critics, I’ve thought about the feeling of seeing my name attached to a film I loved. It was an unspoken daydream, caught between idealized professionalism and nascent wonder. For Black writers, the chances of being pull-quoted …

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Unflinching The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez Will Haunt You

Netflix’s new true crime six-part series “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” is one of the toughest things I’ve ever watched. It details graphically the horrendous abuse and death of a child by his mother and stepfather in ways that will make you sick to your stomach. These monsters made every day of an eight-year-old boy’s …

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Impractical Jokers: The Movie

Joe Gatto, Salvatore Vulcano, Brian “Q” Quinn, and James “Murr” Murray hit comedy gold when they came up with the concept of being the Impractical Jokers—a quartet of friends where one person (with an earpiece) is put into an embarrassing candid camera situation, following the instructions of the other three until they can’t anymore. As their …

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Thank You Clem Snide for Your Song Entitled Roger Ebert

I was astonished and moved when I listened to “Roger Ebert,” the new song inspired by words of my late husband, which serves as the lead track on Forever Just Beyond, a new album from guitarist/vocalist Eef Barzelay as Clem Snide. Barzelay said his life was falling apart around the time when his band members parted ways, and it was …

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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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Emma.

There was a two-year period in the mid-1990s when Emma Woodhouse was everywhere. First came Amy Heckerling’s “Clueless,” a modern-day classic with the action of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel transported to 1990s-era Beverly Hills. The following year came two versions, one on film, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, and the other on television, starring Kate Beckinsale (a …

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Premature

At this year’s Independent Spirit Awards, the co-writer and director of “Premature,” Rashaad Ernesto Green received the appropriately titled “Someone to Watch” award. His film was also nominated for the John Cassavetes Award, which is also appropriate; Green produced this film, financed it and even shot some of it in his own apartment, channeling the …

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Young Ahmed

For sheer consistency of both artistic vision and high-quality output, perhaps no current European filmmaker except Pedro Almodovar can match the sustained brilliance of Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Since first gaining critical attention with 1996’s “La Promesse,” the brothers have made nine features that have kept them in the top tier of international festivals, …

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Vitalina Varela

At first glance, Pedro Costa’s “Vitalina Varela” feels like it’s challenging its viewer with its distancing avant garde style. It bears little of the trappings of popular movies, has only a little plot for us to follow and it looks more like a stylish photoshoot come to life. Most—if not all—of the shots in the …

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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band

For years after the breakup of The Band—the real sundering of musical and personal bonds, occurring some time after the farewell celebration depicted in Martin Scorsese’s movie “The Last Waltz”—its multi-instrumentalist (but mostly drummer) and singer Levon Helm would complain to anyone who would listen (or so it seemed) about what a snake his bandmate …

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Greed

“Greed” is what you get when intelligent, righteously pissed-off filmmakers try, sometimes successfully, to make an acidic black comedy about late capitalism. “Greed” is often as fun as that sounds, despite its generally sympathetic criticisms of class-less business tycoons like Sir Richard “McGreedie” McCreadie (Steve Coogan), a Trumpian fashion mogul based on real-life billionaire Sir …

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Goldie

A vivid yet languid ‘70s mood out of a John Cassavetes film, complete with a softly intoxicating score, welcomes you into the world of “Goldie” in its early moments. Then with a serene pace, writer/director Sam de Jong’s electric touches light up the screen with humanistic hues: we are in a colorful and energetic corner …

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The Night Clerk

Michael Cristofer’s first film since 2001’s “Original Sin” is supposed to be another sexy noir but it’s neither sexy nor does it provide anything in the way of intrigue. Inert to such a degree that one wonders if the film has been slowed down, “The Night Clerk” doesn’t really go anywhere, truly disappointing for how …

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Video Interview: Zora Howard and Rashaad Ernesto Green on Premature

Zora Howard and Rashaad Ernesto Green know everything in their film “Premature” inside and out. They know the young lovers at the center of this vibrant and beautiful study of affection and community. They know the bustling Harlem streets on which the film transpires, familiar from decades of living there, a block away from each …

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Brahms: The Boy II

There has been an unexpected mini-trend lately in which horror sequels, not typically a strong subgenre, have been surprisingly strong creatively in films like “Ouija: Origin of Evil” and “Annabelle: Creation,” both better than the films that preceded them. Perhaps this is what led someone to believe that “Brahms: The Boy II” was a good …

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Home Entertainment Guide: February 20, 2020

5 NEW TO NETFLIX “A Bad Moms Christmas””The Ballad of Lefty Brown””By the Sea””Good Time””Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” 8 NEW TO BLU-RAY/DVD “21 Bridges” Chadwick Boseman stars in a relatively no-frills thriller of the kind of that Tony Scott might have made with Denzel Washington twenty years ago. The market for this kind of …

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