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Political Thumbnails 6/23/17

43 minutes agoFilm / Film Reviews :

Thumbnails is a roundup of brief excerpts to introduce you to articles from other websites that we found interesting and exciting. We provide links to the original sources for you to read in their entirety. Normally we stick pretty close...Show More Summary

It’s in the Details: On the Authenticity of Pixar’s "Cars" Franchise

44 minutes agoFilm / Film Reviews :

There’s a moment at the end of the second act of Pixar’s “Cars 3” in which the movie delivers a punch to the face of Tom Cruise’s 1990 NASCAR flick “Days of Thunder” that will leave series racing fans laughing. If you weren’t a racing...Show More Summary

My Journey Through French Cinema

45 minutes agoFilm / Film Reviews :

Bertrand Tavernier’s “My Through Journey Through French Cinema,” like the two Martin Scorsese first-person docs that obviously inspired it, “Personal Journey Through American Cinema” and “My Voyage to Italian Cinema,” isn’t about the filmmaker’s own career but about the cinephilia that preceded and influenced it. Show More Summary

In Transit

45 minutes agoFilm / Film Reviews :

"In Transit" is a film about people riding a train from one place to another, talking about their lives with other passengers. That's all there is to it, and yet that's not all there is to it. The movie is a throwback to an earlier era...Show More Summary

Roger Ebert's Birthday 2017: Table of Contents

SUNDAY, June 18, 2017, WOULD HAVE BEEN ROGER'S 75th BIRTHDAY. So we decided to commemorate it this week with a combination of articles that he wrote himself, like his interview of Paul McCartney in 1984, whose birthday is the same day and same year, June 18, 1942. Show More Summary

Video Interview: Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning on "The Beguiled"

This past May, Sofia Coppola made Cannes Film Festival history by becoming only the second woman to win the Best Director prize for "The Beguiled." The film is a gothic Civil War set potboiler based on the 1966 book by Thomas P. Cullinan and originally made into a film in 1971 by director Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood. Show More Summary

The Beguiled

The women stand on the front steps of a dilapidated Southern plantation house, staring out at the muddy road beyond the gate, a road traversed back and forth by battered Confederate troops, heading towards or away from the fluctuating "front." Outside the gates is all restless movement, inside the gates is stasis. Show More Summary

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

“Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press” tackles a number of fascinating subjects in its brief running time, including no less than the very concept of freedom of speech in an era when billionaires own everything. There’s so much going...Show More Summary

The Bad Batch

A young girl missing an arm and leg snakes through a mass of drug-addled bodies lit by garish neon. The impressive muscles of cannibals glisten in the noonday sun. A horde of pregnant women tote machine guns and have serene expressions. Show More Summary

Home Entertainment Consumer Guide: June 22, 2017

10 NEW TO NETFLIX "Barking Dogs Never Bite" "Bokeh" "Dangal" "Daughters of the Dust" "Moana" "Mother" "The Son of Joseph" "The Stanford Prison Experiment" "Suntan" "XX" 7 NEW TO BLU-RAY/DVD "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" Even being...Show More Summary

The Big Sick

It sounds impossible—too melodramatic, too crazy—but it’s true. Actor and writer Kumail Nanjiani fell in love with his then-girlfriend, now-wife, Emily V. Gordon, when she was in a coma. It also sounds impossible that such a story would make for a crowd-pleasing comedy, but that’s exactly what “The Big Sick” is, and so much more. Show More Summary

Alison Brie Heads Great Ensemble on Netflix’s “GLOW”

Mix a little bit of “Orange is the New Black,” a dash of ‘80s nostalgia a la “The Goldbergs,” and even a few drops of the makeshift family angle of “Boogie Nights” and you’d have something akin to Netflix’s very likable “GLOW,” which...Show More Summary

Charles Taylor on His New Book, "Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You"

Alongside all of the classic "canon" movies of the 1970s, movies like "The Godfather," Taxi Driver," "Chinatown," "Five Easy Pieces" (the list goes on and on), there were a host of second- and third-tier movies, movies that were, atShow More Summary

It’s Hard to See the Point of Spike TV’s “The Mist”

Spike TV’s “The Mist” should check all of my boxes. Up until a point in the mid-‘00s, I had ready every single book and short story written by Stephen King. I’m something of a sucker for horror Summer TV guilty pleasures—I’m probably...Show More Summary

Transformers: The Last Knight

“Transformers: The Last Knight” opens and closes with chaos. The first scene features bodies flying everywhere as flames pierce the sky in Michael Bay’s reimagining of the Knights of the Round Table, in which Merlin’s magic is a gift from the alien robots so many know and love. Show More Summary

A Collection of Roger's Pixar Reviews

With this weekend’s release of “Cars 3,” we wanted to take a look back at how Roger wrote about the previous films made by Pixar Animation Studios. Curiously enough, they never received less than three stars. Looking at the reviews over...Show More Summary

Writer Profiles: Brian Tallerico

We have some amazing writers, film critics and video essayists at, and I like to introduce you to them individually from time to time and highlight their exceptional work. Our managing editor, Brian Tallerico, also happens to be our tv critic. Show More Summary

The body count

Five years ago, Roger responded to the shooting in Aurora, Colorado with one of his most somber pieces, noting the rising statistics about gun violence and wondering what could possibly be done about it. In the wake of more mass shootings around the country, I often ask myself how he would write about the issue today. Show More Summary

The Passenger: Bertrand Tavernier on "My Journey Through French Cinema"

For the past few decades, filmmaker and critic Bertrand Tavernier has battling the idea that French cinema was a wasteland, with exceptions like Robert Bresson, Jacques Tati and Max Ophüls, between World War II and the French New Wave. Show More Summary

If I Had an Emmy Ballot 2017

Good morning, Emmy voters. By now, you should have received your ballot to pick the elite of one of the best TV seasons in the history of the medium. It’s up to you to decide if the Academy plays it safe this year and merely invites the same old guests to the party or takes some true risks in their 2017 Emmy nominations. Show More Summary

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