The Power of Community: Steve Cohen and Paula Froehle on the Chicago Media Project’s A Decade of Docs Fundraiser on October 28th

The Power of Community: Steve Cohen and Paula Froehle on the Chicago Media Project’s A Decade of Docs Fundraiser on October 28th

The Chicago Media Project (CMP), the non-profit organization with the stated mission of helping social impact documentaries reach the finish line, will host its largest fundraising event to date, “A Decade of Docs”, on Saturday, October 28th, at Resolution Digital Studios in Chicago. It was in 2013 when CMP co-founders Steve Cohen and Paula Froehle hosted the first-ever documentary…

CIFF 2023: Robot Dreams, The Crime is Mine, Limbo

CIFF 2023: Robot Dreams, The Crime is Mine, Limbo

Pablo Berger’s lightly whimsical 2D animation feature “Robot Dreams” will leave you humming Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “September,” though with a feeling in your stomach not usually associated with the dance-ready tune. That’s one of many features of this dialogue-free tale of a lonely dog and the robot friend he purchases, which explores a complicated idea…

CIFF 2023: All of Us Strangers, Poor Things, Saltburn

CIFF 2023: All of Us Strangers, Poor Things, Saltburn

The Chicago International Film Festival wrapped up this weekend, closing out their impressive program with Jeff Nichols’ “The Bikeriders,” a film that has now been pushed possibly as far as next awards season due to the strike. The buzz around the Windy City was that this year’s program for CIFF was the best in a…

Waiting for the Light to Change

Waiting for the Light to Change

The twenty-something drama “Waiting for the Light to Change” is an impressive debut from director-cowriter Linh Tran. Set in a Michigan lake house during winter, it’s a minimalist youth drama with lakefront atmosphere, a controlled, at times minimalist directorial style, and a cast that approaches the material with disarming naturalism. Read moreA Guide to The Perfect…

59th Chicago International Film Festival Announces Award-Winners

59th Chicago International Film Festival Announces Award-Winners

From the Chicago International Film Festival press release… Read moreA Guide to The Perfect Bong Joon-ho MarathonThe Chicago International Film Festival today announced this year’s winning films at North America’s longest-running competitive film festival’s 59th edition, running October 11 – 22, 2023. This year, 46 films competed for Gold and Silver Hugo Awards in categories including International…

First Teaser for ‘Anyone But You’ with Sydney Sweeney & Glen Powell

First Teaser for ‘Anyone But You’ with Sydney Sweeney & Glen Powell

“We’re at a wedding, a million miles away from home, who knows what could happen…” Sony Pictures has revealed a teaser trailer for a new romantic comedy called Anyone But You, an original creation from co-writer / director Will Gluck and co-writer Ilana Wolpert (story editor on “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”). We’ve…

The Killer

The Killer

In many ways, “The Killer” is exactly what you’d expect from a David Fincher movie centered on a hired assassin: a detail-rich procedural about what a hitman is forced to do as his calculated world implodes. And by telling this story of a deadly perfectionist who repeats phrases like “Forbid Empathy” to keep himself centered,…

Roger Ebert on the Films of Martin Scorsese

Roger Ebert on the Films of Martin Scorsese

Just as we did with Christopher Nolan this summer, we thought we’d use the release of a new film by Martin Scorsese (“Killers of the Flower Moon”) to look back on the many times that Roger Ebert wrote about the work of this undeniable master filmmaker. Of course, Roger and Martin’s relationship is well-documented, and…

Creating an Atmosphere: Justin Simien on Haunted Mansion

Creating an Atmosphere: Justin Simien on Haunted Mansion

Award-winning multi-hyphenate filmmaker Justin Simien is known for his innovative storytelling and unique cinematic style. He has been a champion for change in Hollywood in front of and behind the camera since his 2014 directorial debut, “Dear White People.” Following the success of that film, the Texas native went on to write, direct, and produce the…

A Shocking Loss: Dariush Mehrjui (1939-2023)

A Shocking Loss: Dariush Mehrjui (1939-2023)

On hearing the shocking news on October 14 that Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui and his wife had been stabbed to death in their home outside Tehran, my mind reeled back to a succession of memories of the master and his work. Among the many things I’ve written about him, I recalled a piece that previewed…

The Mission

The Mission

John Allen Chau, the protagonist of “The Mission,” grew up with a different set of pop culture fixations than most young men of his era. Where most American boys born in the 1990s were into video games, anime, and superhero movies, Chau was obsessed with 19th and early 20th-century tales of exploration and wilderness suspense: The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe,…

MOMA Launches Iranian Cinema Before the Revolution, 1925-1979

MOMA Launches Iranian Cinema Before the Revolution, 1925-1979

This week, the Museum of Modern Art in New York will unveil “Iranian Cinema Before the Revolution 1925-1979,” an extraordinarily ambitious, long-in-the-works event that will include close to 70 features and shorts, many never seen before in New York and most presented in new restorations. Read moreA Guide to The Perfect Bong Joon-ho MarathonFor New…

Lincoln Presidential Foundation’s Documentary Series, Warning Signs, Wins Emmy

Lincoln Presidential Foundation’s Documentary Series, Warning Signs, Wins Emmy

The Lincoln Presidential Foundation’s first-ever multimedia project, the documentary film series, “Warning Signs: Lincoln’s Response to Rising Tensions in the 1850’s,” has won a prestigious Regional Emmy in the Informational Content category from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Mid-America chapter. The “Warning Signs” film series, which is free to view online, comprises four seven-minute films featuring a diverse group…

Lessons in Chemistry

Lessons in Chemistry

Brie Larson is supremely likable, a trait that has served her well in varied productions from “Captain Marvel” to “Room” and now Apple TV+’s new series “Lessons in Chemistry,” which is based on the popular Bonnie Garmus novel of the same name.  Read moreA Guide to The Perfect Bong Joon-ho MarathonLarson plays Elizabeth Zott, a sometimes…

Kelsey Grammer Hears the Blues A-Callin’ in Paramount+’s Semi-Charmed Frasier Reboot

Kelsey Grammer Hears the Blues A-Callin’ in Paramount+’s Semi-Charmed Frasier Reboot

The first thing you’ll notice about Paramount+’s reboot of “Frasier”—it’s more of a revival, really—is the sight of iconic ‘90s sitcom character Frasier Crane puttering around in a blazer, jeans, and sneakers. It’s a jarring sight, especially for those of us who grew up watching the snooty Seattleite’s penchant for well-tailored suits and baroque aesthetic…

Cat Person

Cat Person

“Cat Person” shows the dangers of getting involved with a man whose idea of romance is Han Solo kissing Princess Leia in the asteroid belt. But how are you supposed to recognize such a teeny-tiny red flag? Margot (Emilia Jones) is a 20-year-old college student with a part-time job working the concession stand at a…

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

The great William Friedkin’s final credit will be on this weekend’s excellent adaptation of “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,” a Showtime/Paramount+ film that might at first seem slight for the man who gave the world “The Exorcist” and “The French Connection,” but this is a deceptively brilliant piece of work, a reminder of the refined, undeniable…

The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel

In her debut narrative film, the workplace horror “The Assistant,” writer/director Kitty Green took the most ordinary setting and made it a tense, nauseating psychological thriller. Pairing again with Julia Garner, her follow-up “The Royal Hotel,” co-written with Oscar Redding, plays like a Gen Z twist on the Australian classic “Wake in Fright.” Read moreA Guide…

Assassin’s Creed Returns with Slight but Fun Mirage

Assassin’s Creed Returns with Slight but Fun Mirage

Readers of this site may be more familiar with the Michael Fassbender film version of “Assassin’s Creed”—one of the worst video game adaptations of all time—than the franchise it so pitifully adapted. It’s arguably the least representative film adaptation of the franchise’s potential on which it’s based in that “AC” is a series of limitless…

Official Trailer for ‘Wingwomen’ w/ Exarchopoulos & Laurent & Bresch

Official Trailer for ‘Wingwomen’ w/ Exarchopoulos & Laurent & Bresch

“Okay, it’s showtime!” Netflix has dropped the full trailer for the French heist comedy called Wingwomen, the latest feature film directed by actress Mélanie Laurent (following up her films The Mad Women’s Ball and Galveston previously). The film’s original French title is just Voleuses, which translates to Thieves, but apparently this doesn’t work as well…

The Unloved, Part 118: The Dead Don’t Die

The Unloved, Part 118: The Dead Don’t Die

Though global climate change has sucked some of the fun out of autumn by messing with its timeline, I’m still getting ready to ring in the spookiest season with this new fall cult classic, a great and underappreciated zombie comedy from the great Jim Jarmusch.  Read moreA Guide to The Perfect Bong Joon-ho MarathonAs is thematically appropriate,…

Nowhere

Nowhere

“Nowhere,” the latest international Netflix thriller, takes a bit too long to find itself, and struggles with tone, but a committed performance by Anna Castillo keeps it from drifting off to the horizon. After a clunky prologue that chooses to place this refugee crisis in a dystopian future where women and children are being caged…

Welcome Robert Daniels, Our New Associate Editor of RogerEbert.com

Welcome Robert Daniels, Our New Associate Editor of RogerEbert.com

We are pleased to welcome Robert Daniels as the new Associate Editor of RogerEbert.com. Robert is a Chicago-based film critic with freelance bylines at The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, IndieWire, The Playlist, and The Criterion Collection. He will be joining our editorial staff comprised of Managing Editor Brian Tallerico, Senior Editor Nick Allen, Editor-at-Large Matt Zoller Seitz, Contributing…

Deliver Us

Deliver Us

Grey, the color of winter frost, dimmer-switch lighting, and moody cinematography. “Deliver Us,” a loopy “The Omen”-style Antichrist horror-thriller, is also grey. Just look at the movie’s poster and trailer. Grey isn’t just a color or an aesthetic—it’s a whole dire vibe.  Read moreA Guide to The Perfect Bong Joon-ho MarathonYou might, therefore, worry that,…

‘Common Ground’ Doc Trailer About Regenerative Farming in America

‘Common Ground’ Doc Trailer About Regenerative Farming in America

“Let’s prioritize the farmer!” Yes! Join in and support them and buy from the good ones. An official trailer has debuted for a documentary film called Common Ground, the definitive doc about the Save Our Soil movement. It’s a follow-up to the massive successful doc Kiss the Ground (from 2020) about “Regenerative Agriculture”. Narrated by…

FOX is Hoping That Audiences Really Want to Visit Krapopolis

FOX is Hoping That Audiences Really Want to Visit Krapopolis

As the strike lingers into its fifth month for writers, the networks are still bringing out shows in the can that they hope will connect with viewers. One such program is an animated comedy that someone at FOX must absolutely love. Understandably, FOX went straight to series in 2020 with Dan Harmon, given his massive…