Another “Munyurangabo” Fan. Guess Who.

If you visit this blog, you've probably read my various raves about the film Munyurangabo. … [Read more...]

Roger Ebert on “Hurt Locker” vs. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Roger Ebert: We live in a depressing time for American movies. Half the nation seems hellbent on throwing itself at the horrible "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." The movie’s fans inform me that I don’t “get it,” that what they want is mindless violence and stuff blowing up real good. They like the explosions. It’s entertainment for the whole family. I get it all, all right. Two years from now, no one will quite be able to remember its name.“The Hurt Locker” is a great film, an intellig … [Read more...]


Been called a snob lately? Roger Ebert has. … [Read more...]

Up, Up… and a Rave!

Hey, guess what! Looks like this new Pixar movie might be worth seeing!Yep, the latest film from the most consistently impressive filmmaking team at work in the world today is almost here. I'm so thrilled to be reviewing movies in the age of Pixar. What a joy to get to see their films with audiences while the paint is still fresh on the canvas.I said it last year, and I'll say it again: If this thing is worthy of a Best Picture nomination, let's start making noise about it. Last year was … [Read more...]

“Watchmen”: Five Reviews from Critics that Matter to Me (They Disagree)

Post your review, or a link to your favorite, below.Here are five from voices that matter to me:Robert Davis Steven D. Greydanus Russ Breimeier Andrew O'Hehir Roger Ebert … [Read more...]

Ebert thinks back on his days with Gene Siskel

Ebert turns in a thoughtful remembrance of Gene Siskel. Once we were invited to speak to the Harvard Law School Film Society. We walked into their Mock Trial courtroom armed with all sorts of notes, but somehow got started on a funny note, and the whole appearance became stand-up comedy. Separately or together, we were never funnier. Even the audience questions were funny. Roars of laughter for 90 minutes. I'm not making this up. I don't know what happened. Afterwards Gene said, "We could do … [Read more...]

Have You Done Your Critic Exercises Today?

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Roger Ebert Remembers “The Last Temptation of Christ”

Congratulations to my friend Steven D. Greydanus. His review of The Passion of the Christ was persuasive for Roger Ebert when that film was released. Now, his review of The Last Temptation has proven useful to Ebert as well. There's a reason that Greydanus is my favorite writer among Christians who review movies. He's really, really good.Ebert: The film is indeed technically blasphemous. I have been persuaded of this by a thoughtful essay by Steven D. Greydanus of the National Catholic R … [Read more...]

Browser, 9/6: Aronofsky’s Golden Lion!; Roger Ebert’s Favorite Movie; What Richard Linklater, Orson Welles, and Zac Efron Have in Common?

ARONOFSKY'S WRESTLING PIC IS A VENICE FILM FEST CHAMPDarren Aronosfky, director of The Fountain and Requiem for a Dream, has just been given¬†the Golden Lion award¬†at the Venice Film Festival for his new film The Wrestler, which stars¬†Mickey Rourke.¬†Hopefully we'll hear more from some of my pals who are at the Toronto fest. The movie will screen there on Monday.¬†I spoke with Aronofsky, who is married to actress Rachel Weisz, by telephone, and then again in person, when The Fountai … [Read more...]

Browser, 8/24: Ebert on China; Stillman Still Winning Fans; A True Champion; Faith-Bashing on the Big-Screen

ROGER EBERT GIVES CHINA'S OLYMPICS A BIG THUMB'S UP Yes, there are criticisms to be made. China, like all nations, is far from perfect. Our Bill of Rights would create an upheaval in their society. There are all the stories about the "fakery" of the Olympics opening ceremony. True, but the ceremony was showbiz, which since time immemorial has shown us what cannot be. The amazing aspect is that so many aspects of the "fakery" were so quickly revealed, and no one lost his head because of treason. … [Read more...]