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“Mudbound” is all about perception. How it can foster empathy and engender contempt, sometimes in the same person. How it can cause one man to look at his land with life-affirming pride and another man to see that same plot as the kiss of death. Show More Summary


Based on the R.J. Palacio novel of the same name, “Wonder” follows a year in the life of August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), Auggie, for short. He was born with a genetic abnormality that has required him to undergo surgeries and medical treatments since his earliest days. Show More Summary

Mr. Roosevelt

Emily Martin (Noël Wells) doesn't quite know how to explain what it is she does, or even what it is she wants to do. She's not exactly an actress. She's not exactly a comedian either. She hangs around improv clubs in Los Angeles, but feels put off by the whole "scene." She made one YouTube video that went viral, but she couldn't "monetize" it. Show More Summary

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” looks like prime Oscar bait. It has the glow of nobility and importance emanating from every frame courtesy of Robert Elswit’s cinematography. The screenplay by writer-director Dan Gilroy is filled with dialogue about civil rights, the prison industrial complex and the common man. Show More Summary

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

There were rumors for years about Jim Carrey’s behavior on the set of Milos Forman’s “Man on the Moon”—stories that he never broke character, either as Andy Kaufman or his alter ego Tony Clifton. Twenty years after the production ofShow More Summary


“Porto,” a film about the emotional aftermath of a powerful one-night stand, is a poetically assembled tale of lust, obsession and nostalgia. It aims (maybe too obviously) to be a modern version of one of those mid-twentieth centuryShow More Summary

Sweet Virginia

In his 1956 essay “On A Book Entitled Lolita,” Vladimir Nabokov recounts both the imaginative origins of his groundbreaking novel and the difficulty he had finding a publisher for it in the United States. One rejection suggested that...Show More Summary

The Star

You know what would make the Nativity story so much better? Wise-cracking animated animals that save the day—or so the creative team behind this holiday-themed family flick thinks. The critters apparently have waited far too long to be hailed for their participation on that special night. Show More Summary

On the Beach at Night Alone

The inert Korean drama "On the Beach At Night Alone" is a prime example of why personal art isn't necessarily good art. Writer/director Sang-soo Hong ("Right Now, Wrong Then," "The Day He Arrives") has taken his real life extra-marital...Show More Summary

Highlights from the 2017 Los Cabos Film Festival

Walking along the Los Cabos Film Festival’s sixth opening gala, the shadows of a teeming red carpet press corps grapple for position as grayscale titans on a building across a desert field from the Pabellón Cultural de la República. Spectacle and reality jockey for position just as aggressively during the festival. Show More Summary

The Messy Women of "Thor: Ragnarok"

“Thor: Ragnarok” is an irreverent, very funny romp that has some sly things to say about the legacies of colonialism and a reminder of how underused Chris Hemsworth is as a comedic actor. But two of its nicest surprises are in the characters of Hela and Valkyrie and their performances by Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson. Show More Summary

Justice League

For a film about a band of heroes trying to stop extraterrestrial demon-beasts from wiping out humanity, "Justice League" is light on its feet, sprinting through a super-group's origin story in less than two hours, giving its ensemble lots to do, and mostly avoiding the self-importance that damaged previous entries in this franchise. Show More Summary

“Call of Duty” and “Wolfenstein” Redefine the Modern WWII Game

Playing war games, especially those based on real-life conflicts, reminds one of the famous Francois Truffaut theory that “there is no such thing as an anti-war film.” The point was that all war films, even ones that capture the waking nightmare of war, glamorize it simply by virtue of turning it into art. Show More Summary

Bright Wall/Dark Room November 2017: "Can the Maker Repair What He Makes?" by Dean Buckley

We are pleased to offer an except from the latest by online magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room, which now publishes content weekly but with a monthly theme. Their theme for October is "Head Trips." In addition to this essay by Dean Buckley...Show More Summary

#315 November 14, 2017

Matt writes: The twentieth anniversary of Ebertfest, the film festival co-founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz Ebert at the University of Illinois, College of Media, is slated to run from Wednesday, April 18th, through Sunday, April 22nd, next year. Show More Summary

Better Than the Oscars?

On Saturday night, November 11th, 2017, Hollywood held one of the most heartwarming events of the season, the 9th annual Governors Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles. Show More Summary

Deadline's The Contenders 2017 Kicks Off Oscar Season

Deadline's seventh annual The Contenders event in Hollywood plays an especially crucial role in kicking off Oscar season in the absence of consistently touted frontrunners. 35 films from 19 studios and distributors were sampled at the event hosted by Pete and Madelyn Hammond, and held at the DGA Theater. Show More Summary

Hulu's "Future Man" a Sci-fi Gem for Genre Geeks

Just in time for Thanksgiving weekend binge-watching arrives the Hulu series “Future Man,” ready to inject some humor from the school of Judd Apatow into a concept that honors “Back to the Future” without merely repeating it. In fact,...Show More Summary

The Bravery of Being Yourself: Daveed Diggs on “Wonder” and “The Mayor”

“When I was in preschool, we were supposed to do a performance for the parents, and I didn’t want to do it,” said Daveed Diggs during his acceptance speech upon winning the 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. “My mom...Show More Summary

Video Interview: Joachim Trier on "Thelma"

Joachim Trier, who still holds his memories of Ebertfest and his placement on Roger's top ten lists near his heart, is a gift to obsessive cinephiles. The Danish director and his Norwegian co-writer Eskil Vogt have crafted some of the finest meditations on loneliness, family and community of the 21st century. Show More Summary

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