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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."

Watch Passive Aggressive Film Critics 'Compliment' Michael Bay

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 07.08.2014 | Comedy

Michael Bay's new movie, "Transformers: Age of Extinction," has already made more than $400 million at the box office, but that hasn't stopped film cr...

Most Moviegoers Still Depend On Reviews When Selecting Films

AP | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Social media has made inroads into shaping moviegoers' choices at the multiplex, but a new poll finds that an overwhelming majority ...

Ari and Emma Review Movies They've Never Seen: Gone With the Wind

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 03.10.2014 | Women
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

As Ari and Emma get increasingly inebriated, they proceed to interweave the plots of movies they've never seen, across genres, space, and time.

Why the Oscars Hate Comedy (Unless They Don't)

Mark Juddery | Posted 04.20.2013 | Entertainment
Mark Juddery

As we move closer to the Oscars, I've had the usual feeling of deja vu. Almost without fail, entertainment writers write the same articles during awards season, all leading up to "Hollywood's night of nights".

The Movies: A Fading Flame

Warren Adler | Posted 04.04.2012 | Entertainment
Warren Adler

By the time one gets around to the start of the movie, a half hour or more beyond the published feature time, you are exhausted by the assault and your potential film enjoyment meter has been compromised.

Give The Help and Black Working Women a Break

Paul Kleyman | Posted 10.19.2011 | Entertainment
Paul Kleyman

The Help is an occasion to call for more open and in-depth depiction of race, rancor and resilience in America on its silver screens, if only Americans will give it a chance.

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 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...

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.

My Oscar Adventure -- 67 Movies in 9 Days

Lisa Nesselson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lisa Nesselson

By Lisa Nesselson Esquire's popular feature "What Does it Feel Like?" has covered topics from the desirable ("What's It Like to Have Tantric Sex?")...

Ebert's Little Rule Book (Plus One of My Own)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Roger Ebert has posted twenty iron clad rules for being a film critic. Many of them are obvious (don't talk, text, or be obnoxious in a theater), but...