Community Reactions: What are you seeing this 4th of July holiday weekend?

Happy 4th of July, everybody! Whether you’re prepping for tonight’s fireworks or in the midst of today’s drinking (but hopefully not both simultaneously), this is only the beginning of a long weekend. And as with all long weekends, you will want to escape the heat, the rain and/or the exhaustive boredom of the “holiday.” Some […]

Life Itself (★★★★)

Roger Ebert meant so much to the entire film community and when it was announced that there would be a documentary about his life and struggle after cancer, nearly every cinema lover jumped at the opportunity.  Ebert, as well as his wife Chaz, inspired millions with their love, story, and the simplicity of living life with films […]

Magnolia Acquires the Roger Ebert documentary ‘Life Itself’

Apparently a little bit of a bidding war had broken out recently for the Steve James documentary Life Itself, which of course is about the beloved late film critic Roger Ebert. Today, it’s being reported that Magnolia Pictures has beaten out competitors like Oscilloscope Laboratories and The Weinstein Company and picked up the theatrical rights […]

Around the Circuit: September 22 – September 28

  Link(s) of the week: There are many great Oscar bloggers out there, but for my money, the very best is Grantland’s Mark Harris. This week, Harris declared that the Oscar race has officially begun with Rush and Enough Said hitting theaters. The race doesn’t begin when bloggers and critics see the films, according to […]

RIP Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

“So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.” – Roger Ebert, 4/2/13 A film critic for 46 at the Chicago Sun Times, Roger Ebert has passed away today just two days after announcing he was taking a break from […]

Ebertfest Starts Today!

Originally called Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival, Ebertfest is a yearly festival that does the unique thing of looking back, not forward. Instead of having premieres and selling their debuts, the fest screens movies from the past, sometimes from months prior, sometimes from decades prior, and opens them up for discussion. This has always functioned […]

Roger Ebert’s Top 20 Films of 2011

Roger Ebert is a legend in the world of film critics.  I don’t know of anyone in the field (myself included) who doesn’t consider him some sort of an influence.  I personally look forward to his end of the year list as much as anyone, especially in these later years where he’s started to have […]