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Roger Ebert’s New Chicago Sun-Times Sees the Light of Day

JUST BEFORE THE MOON EDGED BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SUN, MARKING THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TOTAL ECLIPSE IN 100 YEARS, EDWIN EISENDRATH, the new proprietor, was standing at the lectern of the City Club of Chicago announcing his intentions...Show More Summary

“The Tick” Returns to a New World on Amazon

When the adaptation of the hit comic book “The Tick” became something of a cult phenomenon on FOX in the early ‘00s, with Patrick Warburton in the lead role, we were in a very different era of not only superheroes but comedies. Superhero...Show More Summary

The Big Knockover: "Noir City: Chicago" Brings Heist Films to the Music Box Theater

For its ninth edition, Noir City: Chicago returns with what its programmers have dubbed “The Big Knockover”—a celebration of the heist film, from its heyday in the ’40 and ’50s, to its modern-day incarnations. As usual, the scene of the crime is the Music Box Theatre, which will screen 18 titles, all in 35mm, from Friday to August 31. Show More Summary

An American Original: The Staff Remembers Jerry Lewis

The world lost one of its most beloved comedians this past Sunday with the death of Jerry Lewis. Scott Jordan Harris penned our obituary, but we wanted to let other members of our staff share their thoughts on such an influential, legendary director. PABLO VILLAÇA Jerry Lewis was one of the main reasons I fell in love with the movies. Show More Summary

Arshad's Father and Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

On Twitter, Shaula Evans (@shaulaevans) asked: Name one life experience—not something you read/watched/consumed, but something you LIVED—that positively shaped you as a creative person. — Shaula Evans (@ShaulaEvans) August 19, 2017 The first example I thought of was from second grade. Show More Summary

“Alien: Covenant” Deserves a Second Look on Blu-ray

Last week, one of the most divisive films of 2017 landed on Blu-ray and streaming services like iTunes and Vudu. There have been a few conversation starters this year, including “The Beguiled,” “Okja” and “A Cure for Wellness,” but I believe I’ve been in more heated conversations about the latest from Ridley Scott than any other film. Show More Summary

Thumbnails 8/22/17

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.—Chaz Ebert 1. "Theodore Collatos...Show More Summary

#309 August 22, 2017

Matt writes: This month has marked the fiftieth anniversary of Arthur Penn's 1967 masterpiece, "Bonnie and Clyde." While many critics at the time were baffled and offended by the picture, Roger Ebert awarded it four stars, writing, "This is pretty clearly the best American film of the year. Show More Summary

“Madden NFL 18” Expands League to Include Cinematic Storytelling

A new “Madden” game from EA Sports is as annual a tradition as the start of the NFL season itself. It has become such an essential part of the sports and gaming landscape that it’s hard to imagine the end of summer without it. As consoles...Show More Summary

A Right to Tell Their Stories: Eliza Hittman on “Beach Rats”

In the space of only two films, “It Felt Like Love” and “Beach Rats,” Eliza Hittman has become one of America’s most promising new filmmakers, making work that can compete on a global stage instead of just being informed by fellow American indies. Show More Summary

Jerry Lewis: 1926-2017

Jerry Lewis, who has died aged 91, was more than a great comedian. He was, to quote the title of the book assembled from his lectures to graduate students at the University of Southern California, The Total Filmmaker. There are few filmmakers...Show More Summary

Scientific Cinema: Michael Almereyda on "Marjorie Prime"

“Marjorie Prime” is the allusive and poetic new film by essential American independent Michael Almereyda. It’s adapted from the Pulitzer-shortlisted play of the same name by Jordan Harrison that was originally staged at the Mark Taper Forum, in Los Angeles, in 2014. Show More Summary

Patti Cake$

If "Patti Cake$" were a song, it would be the kind you hear on the radio and get excited about singing along with, until you realize it's not the song you thought, but another one that sounds just like it; and because you liked the first song, you like this one, too, and after hearing it a few times you start singing along with the other one, too. Show More Summary

The Hitman's Bodyguard

The charismatic stars of “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”—Ryan Reynolds shifting into lovable-loser gear as a down-graded protection agent for hire, Samuel L. Jackson in macho-and-mouthy mode as a profanely proficient deadly assassin and Salma...Show More Summary

What Happened to Monday

Tommy Wirkola moves on from Nazi zombies (he did both of the “Dead Snow” movies) to identical sisters in the Netflix original film “What Happened to Monday,” a showcase for Noomi Rapace’s range that will suffer in comparison to the similar “Orphan Black,” in which the amazing Tatiana Maslany plays identical clones. Show More Summary


The dictionary definition of "quirky" is "characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits." But how is something "peculiar" or "unexpected"? Mid-to low-budget indie films are described as "quirky" so often that the term has lost any specific resonance. Show More Summary

Marjorie Prime

The first scene of Michael Almereyda’s graceful, enthralling chamber drama “Marjorie Prime” takes place in the well-appointed living room of a Long Island beach house. The sounds of waves outside are heard throughout. A woman in her mid-80s and a handsome man who appears to be in his 40s sit across a table and talk for a good while. Show More Summary

Crown Heights

"Crown Heights" is a pretty good movie about a great subject: the sheer backbreaking labor necessary to force the system to even acknowledge a terrible injustice, much less make it right. Written and directed by Matt Ruskin, the film...Show More Summary

Shot Caller

Chances are that you’ve likely seen “Shot Caller” before. Ric Roman Waugh’s tough-minded prison thriller contains enough familiar elements cherry-picked from the last two decades of pop culture that it might as well come with its own personalized checklist. Show More Summary

The Adventurers

Is Hong Kong action-adventure "The Adventurers" that bad, or is leading man Andy Lau just not as charming as he used to be? In America, Lau is probably most well-known as the star of "Infernal Affairs," the milestone Hong Kong undercover...Show More Summary

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