First Impressions of Steve James’ Film About Roger Ebert: Life Itself


"Drama holds a mirror up to life, but needn't reproduce it."Roger, Roger, Roger. Here I am watching a film about your departure, and I'm still jotting down things you said that will be worth quoting in my own film reviews. … [Read more...]

Snowpiercer (2014): A Few First-Impression Notes

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Terry Gilliam's Brazil + Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen + Peter Weir's The Truman Show + Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men + John McTiernan's Die Hard.Link those cars together and, wow, what a helter-skelter train! … [Read more...]

Boyhood: The Podcast!

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It has arrived: The epic podcast conversation about Richard Linklater's Boyhood (and his other films as well). … [Read more...]

From the Director of “Metropolitan” and “The Last Days of Disco”

Recognize these lines? You know that Shakespearean admonition, 'To thine own self be true’?It’s premised on the idea that ‘thine own self’ is something pretty good, being true to which is commendable.But what if ‘thine own self’ is not so good?What if it’s pretty bad?Would it be better in that case not to be true to thine own self? … [Read more...]

Critics Vs. Audiences: Whom Shall We Trust?

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When I shared some reviews that question the quality of a faith-based film, I received a scornful comment.  … [Read more...]

Looking Closer at When the Game Stands Tall

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When the Game Stands Tall is getting a lot of attention in evangelical Christian culture. Of course it is. It's a match made in evangelical Christian movie heaven: It's about football, and it stars Jim Ca-jeezus. … [Read more...]

The Flood Hits Home Video: Give Noah a Chance

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Here comes the flood. Again. … [Read more...]

Who Among Us Is Thirsty? — A Reflection on the Loss of Robin Williams

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I am sick at heart over the loss of one of my favorite imaginations.  … [Read more...]

Looking Closer at Lucy

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"I have a confession to make," said a former professor of mine when we sat down to talk over lunch.He looked genuinely troubled."Okay," I said, a bit anxious, stirring the ice cubes in my tea.He ran his fingers through his hair until it stood up straight. He glowered down at the shrimp in his stir fry. He sighed and said..."I went and and saw Lucy." … [Read more...]

Overstreet’s Favorite Films of 2014 — So Far

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What are your top five favorite films of the year so far?Most reviewers post their "Best of 2014 So Far" lists at the end of June, because that's the year's halfway point. But since a lot of films that qualify as 2014 films for American moviegoers because they opened in New York and L.A. in December won't be accessible elsewhere until January, February, or even March in other major cities, so, well... I figured I'd wait until the end of July to mark a more accurate cinema-year halfway … [Read more...]