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Film Criticism

Film Noir's Inner Character Part I

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.24.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Film Noir, a particular genre of movie storytelling, wasn't given its label until the 1970s. Before then these types of films were merely referred to as melodramas.

Film Noir's Inner Character Part II

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.24.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Returning from WWII to the conformity of the supposed American dream, letting go of a noir character's inner darkness couldn't have been easy.

What Is It Like to Be a Film Critic?

Quora | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment

I love it, but it's also harder than it looks. As someone who loves movies and loves talking about movies, it's amazing to be get paid to watch films and then tell you what I think about them. Some of my earliest memories of and contact with films was via Roger Ebert and the shows "Sneak Previews" and "At the Movies," and I never would've guessed that I'd be doing it myself some day.

'It Follows' Won't Leave Me Alone

Scott Russell | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Scott Russell

It Follows is a killer thriller that stays with you. Even as I write these words, more than six weeks after seeing the film, I can't listen to a single note of its soundtrack without shuddering and casting a nervous glance over each shoulder.

Life Itself, the Film, the Book, and the Ebert I Knew

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Watching the film of his life, I was proud of the man on the screen and that second life he found. He was not quite the man I knew, but... I really did know, somehow, back then, that the man he would become was in there, getting ready for his "close up."

Best Marvel Flick Yet - Combines Comic-Book Nostalgia With Conspiracy and Adventure

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 06.02.2014 | Teen

Whether you are a Marvel fan or not, you'll find the latest installment of Captain America to be a great political thriller with a compelling story line.

It's Time To Calm Down About Movie Theater Disruptions

Kia Makarechi | Posted 03.17.2014 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

The killing in Florida is not the first time select bloggers have placed their precious movie-going experience above human decency.

The Bling Ring: The Age of ME

Katherine Brodsky | Posted 08.17.2013 | Entertainment
Katherine Brodsky

"The Bling Ring," also known as the "Hollywood Hills Burglars," was a group of mostly of teenagers who burglarized the homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox, Lindsey Lohen, and others.

The 7 Most Overrated Things About the Movies

Mark Juddery | Posted 07.07.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Juddery

As someone who attends film festivals with relish, I still feel a terrible urge to expose the most overrated things in today's film industry.

Unfairly Maligned Monsters: Why Horror Matters

Michael Varrati | Posted 06.20.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Varrati

Horror routinely gets passed over for award nominations, and Stephen King, though decorated and honored, has had to face venomous criticism from crusty academics his whole writing career. We monster kids routinely get looked down upon by the "real" artists.

The Death of Criticism or Everyone Is a Critic

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.14.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

One of the substantial changes in the arts environment that has happened with astonishing speed is that arts criticism has become a participatory activity rather than a spectator sport.

Gene Shalit Leaving 'Today'

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Gene Shalit has panned or praised his last movie for the "Today" show. The critic who's known for his bushy hair and mustache said T...

What Would Jonathan Swift Think of Jack Black's Gulliver?

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Danny Groner

When director Rob Letterman took certain liberties in updating the tale to click with a younger, modern audience, did he stray too far from the original Swift story?

Face It: Critics Have Lost Their Movie Memory

Michele Willens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michele Willens

I used to defend film critics: we needed objective, thoughtful voices that looked beyond box office receipts and truly judged the work itself. But now? I think I'm ready to throw in the towel.

Roger Ebert's New Movie Show To Premiere In January

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Film critic Roger Ebert's new movie review television show has been cleared to air in 192 markets across the United States and worldwi...

Roger Ebert's 'At The Movies' Returns, His Way

AP | CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Film critic Roger Ebert, who lost his ability to speak and eat after cancer surgeries, said Friday that he is returning to television ...

CFQ Post-Mortem: Charlie St. Cloud & Why We Review

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The Cinefantastique Post-Mortem Podcast examines Charlie St. Cloud. Also on the menu: listener mail takes Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski to task for being too critical of Inception.

Roger Ebert Writing A Memoir: Book Expected By Fall 2011

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

NEW YORK — Roger Ebert's next book won't just be about movies. The film critic and profilic Twitter user is writing a memoir. It will cover eve...

Cinefantastique Podcast: Not Quite Human - Splice

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In Volume 1, Episode 17 of the Cinefantastique Podcast, Dan Persons Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski delve into the worlds of science fiction, fa...

At the Movies: The Curtain Falls on a Chicago Institution

Donald Liebenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Donald Liebenson

Siskel and Ebert were the unlikeliest of pop culture icons. The cancellation of At the Movies is another ominous portent for the future of serious film criticism.

An Open Letter to Variety

Nick Kreiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Nick Kreiss

We used to rely on you, Variety. At festivals, your film reviews gave insecure acquisition execs the push they needed to buy the tiny little movie they liked.

'At The Movies' Canceled, Roger Ebert Moving On

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

"At The Movies," the show made famous by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, has been canceled. But with the end of the iconic film program could be a new be...

Death of a Theatre Critic, Again

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

I've been a champion of my hometown, telling Broadway aficionados that LA has immense potential. So it was with dismay that I read about layoffs in theatre critics at LA publications.

When the French Spiced Up Film: Rohmer, Truffaut, Godard and Cahiers Du Cinema

John Farr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Whether or not you personally love their work, it is difficult to dismiss the impact of the French New Wave. To reinforce this strongly held position, here is a pungent mix of Truffaut, Godard and Rohmer.

Jason Linkins

Meghan McCain Slams Hollywood For 'Hating Our Troops' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Meghan McCain went to see the movie "Brothers" and didn't like it. I'm not surprised. Based on the film's current score on Rotten Tomatoes, nobody el...