Enjoy 1 Hour of David Lynch Reminiscing on Life & Listening to Rain

Enjoy 1 Hour of David Lynch Reminiscing on Life & Listening to Rain

“There’s an ocean of consciousness inside each of us. It’s an ocean of solutions… When you dive into that ocean, that consciousness, you enliven it, it grows and the final outcome of this growth of consciousness is called enlightenment – which is the full potential for us all.” It’s time for something relaxing. We all…

Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros

Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros

The 93-year-old master documentarian Frederick Wiseman is often described as a filmmaker whose specialty is depicting the inner workings of institutions of varying sizes, and the way they evolve and change over time, whether it’s an army base, a mental hospital, a domestic violence shelter, a small town in Maine, a neighborhood in Queens, the New York Public Library….

Our Home Video Pick of the Week Destroys the World

Our Home Video Pick of the Week Destroys the World

Oppenheimer [4K UHD] What is it? The story of one man’s journey towards and past the creation of the atomic bomb. Why see it? Christopher Nolan’s latest probably shouldn’t work as well as it does — a three hour drama about Oppenheimer and those around him in the years leading up to an beyond the…

Chaz Ebert Celebrates 25 Years of Ebertfest While Honored at University of Illinois Alumni Awards Gala

Chaz Ebert Celebrates 25 Years of Ebertfest While Honored at University of Illinois Alumni Awards Gala

RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert was among the distinguished honorees at the University of Illinois Alumni Awards Gala on October 19th in Champaign, Illinois. Ebert received the Honorary Alumnus Award established in 2019 that is presented to an individual who did not graduate from the university, but has shown exemplary dedication and commitment to the mission of the…

‘The Crown’ Says Goodbye To Princess Diana With A Problematic, Captivating Final Season

‘The Crown’ Says Goodbye To Princess Diana With A Problematic, Captivating Final Season

Elizabeth Debicki and Imelda Staunton return in the final season of Netflix’s once-adored, recently iffy historical drama. By Valerie Ettenhofer · Published on November 21st, 2023 Welcome to Previously On, a column keeping an eye on the latest returning TV shows. In this edition, Valerie Ettenhofer reviews the first half of the final season of Netflix’s The Crown. Read…

‘The Curse’ Is An Insufferable, Overlong Genre-Bender

‘The Curse’ Is An Insufferable, Overlong Genre-Bender

Nathan Fielder, Emma Stone, and Benny Safdie can’t save this exhausting new satire, which is now on Showtime. By Valerie Ettenhofer · Published on November 21st, 2023 Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie’s works have always been excruciating in the best way. The Safdie brothers’ films, including Good Time and Uncut Gems, feature characters who hurl themselves at…

Staying Connected: Gelila Bekele and Armani Ortiz on Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story

Staying Connected: Gelila Bekele and Armani Ortiz on Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story

Roger Ebert famously received more emails in response to any review he had written—more than “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “The Passion of the Christ” combined—when he awarded one star to “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” the first screen adaptation of the wildly popular work penned by playwright-turned-industry mogul Tyler Perry. The critic couldn’t accept the…

Next Goal Wins

Next Goal Wins

Can you call a film formulaic if it’s based on things that really happened? Maybe. As with any movie, it’s all about the tone and style: the choices made by the storytellers. “Next Goal Wins” is a case study, unfortunately. It’s an inspirational football comedy, co-written and directed by Taika Waititi (two Thor films, “Jojo Rabbit,” et al) with Iain…

Kokomo City Named IFSN Advocate Award Winner

Kokomo City Named IFSN Advocate Award Winner

When D. Smith’s “Kokomo City” premiered at Sundance this year, Nick Allen wrote, “The women interviewed here—Liyah Mitchell, Dominque Silver, Koko Da Doll, and Daniella Carter—are scholars of their experience. Smith empowers them throughout, giving them space in the edit and with each extreme close-up of a weaponized body part, sometimes in slow motion. The editing by D….

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

After promising us back in 2007 that “white meat … dark meat … all will be carved, this Thanksgiving,” Eli Roth has finally delivered on the promise of his mock trailer that played between Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s films in “Grindhouse.” The feature version was worth the wait, in particular for how the project…

Black Harvest Film Festival 2023 Interview: Monica Sorelle on Her Richly Personal Mountains

Black Harvest Film Festival 2023 Interview: Monica Sorelle on Her Richly Personal Mountains

“Mountains,” director Monica Sorelle’s richly personal directorial feature debut, is an eloquently composed story of a Haitian-American family navigating the gentrification arising in their Miami neighborhood of Little Haiti. Told through several perspectives, Sorelle and co-writer Robert Colom’s lithe script primarily sees these impending, catastrophic changes through Xavier (an entrancing Atibon Nazaire), a diligent demolition…

Orlando, My Political Biography

Orlando, My Political Biography

Transgender philosopher-filmmaker Paul B. Preciado’s “Orlando, My Political Biography” starts with footage of the filmmaker on a city street at night, wheatpasting posters with slogans, questions, and cryptic statements, and only becomes more playfully abstruse from there. The film is “political” in that politics are personal, and less of a biography than a work of literary criticism in…

Max’s Rapsh!t Returns for a Moody Second Season

Max’s Rapsh!t Returns for a Moody Second Season

When writer, actor, and director Issa Rae’s sophomore Max show “Rapsh!t” first premiered last summer, it was quickly, and correctly, branded a triumph for the multihyphenate creator. The new series shared some DNA with Rae’s brilliant first TV project “Insecure”—a focus on black female friendship, career struggles, social awkwardness, and the joys and pains of…

Short Films in Focus: Troy

Short Films in Focus: Troy

We’ve all had that one neighbor you can hear through the walls of your apartment. The one who makes no apologies for their loudness or their peculiar habits. The one where you have to muster up the courage to knock on their door and ask, “Are you okay? Can you please take it down a notch?…

Inside My Head: Kristoffer Borgli on Dream Scenario

Inside My Head: Kristoffer Borgli on Dream Scenario

Norwegian director Kristoffer Borgli isn’t afraid to push buttons with his work, but he’d also be the first to tell you that it’s always with sincere and hilarious purpose. From his disturbing short films to his 2022 feature, “Sick of Myself,” which features its protagonist mutilating her own body for attention, he often uses the…

Sly

Sly

Sylvester Stallone has always been known for his physicality, but Thom Zimny’s documentary “Sly” confirms that it was his voice that made him a star.  Read moreA Guide to The Perfect Bong Joon-ho MarathonActually, as the movie makes clear, there are two voices, intertwined. One is the New York-accented baritone croak that Stallone speaks with, slurred by an accident during delivery that…

Oscar-winning Filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry to Receive the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s Inspire Award

Oscar-winning Filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry to Receive the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s Inspire Award

Oscar-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry will receive the CICFF Inspire Award at FACETS’ 40th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s opening night party held at 6pm tonight, November 3rd, at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street. The CICFF, which is the world’s first Oscar-qualifying international festival devoted to children’s films, kicks off today and runs through…

Beyond Utopia

Beyond Utopia

We live in a world of abundant beauty and unspeakable horror. We can perceive its myriad features to a certain extent partly because we are permitted to. One of the locales of horror on our sphere is the country of North Korea, ruled over by an authoritarian dictatorship that does not allow its citizenry access…

Film as Poetry: Raven Jackson on All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt

Film as Poetry: Raven Jackson on All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt

Raven Jackson’s lyrical feature debut “All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt,” which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and has played many festivals since, follows the life of Mack (played at different ages by Charleen McClure, Kaylee Nicole Johnson, and Zainab Jah) as she grows up in rural Mississippi. The…

Time to Rest: Matthew Perry (1969-2023)

Time to Rest: Matthew Perry (1969-2023)

Matthew Perry never seemed to be comfortable being famous. You could see it early in the run of the show that would make him a household name. Some people take to the spotlight and thrive in it. The heat of that spotlight seemed to fuel the demons inside the “Friends” star, amplifying his addictions in…

Freelance

Freelance

“Freelance” is barely a movie. Sure, it’s got a budget ($40 million!), a semblance of a plot, and stars that you’ll recognize, but none of it was developed beyond the bare minimum to get released on VOD and in a few theaters. It is a defiantly lazy work, a project that echoes better films when…

Criterion Launches Excellent Janus Contemporaries Series

Criterion Launches Excellent Janus Contemporaries Series

Criterion announced earlier this year that they were expanding their release pattern to include a monthly trio of titles that aren’t in the actual collection but will be released with similar attention to detail and passion for the form of physical media. Called Janus Contemporaries, they will be recent international and arthouse hits, starting with…