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Dreamcatcher (2015): Premiering Tonight on Showtime

An excellent documentary about prostitution and human trafficking, focusing on one dynamo activist, Brenda Myers-Powell, and her organization The Dreamcatcher Foundation. Directed by veteran documentarian Kim Longinotto. It premieres on Showtime tonight. My review of “Dreamcatcher” is now up at … Continue reading

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Ebertfest 2015 Lineup

It’s going to be an awesome festival. I can’t wait. And, even more exciting, my mother is coming with me! She and I attended the 2013 Ebertfest together, mainly because I had just been diagnosed and was still in the … Continue reading

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First and Final Frames Side By Side

Probably many of you have seen this beautiful video making the rounds, but in case you’ve missed it, here it is. Compiled by Jacob T. Swinney, it shows a series of first and final frames of various films, shown side … Continue reading

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Silhouettes and Shadows in Mildred Pierce (1945)

Directed by Michael Curtiz Cinematograpy by Ernest Haller

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Treading Water (2015)

The movie is totally bizarre, and I found it slightly adorable. Some problems that get in its way, but still. The house alone almost makes the whole thing worth it. My review of Treading Water is now up at

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Home Sweet Hell (2015)

So unfunny I had an existential crisis watching it. My review of Home Sweet Hell is now up at

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From Tales of Hoffmann to Taxi Driver: My Interview with Legendary Editor Thelma Schoonmaker

The Tales of Hoffmann, a filmed opera from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, opens in a brand-new 4K restoration at The Film Forum this Friday. Scorsese’s long-time Oscar-winning editor (and the wife of the late Michael Powell) Thelma Schoonmaker supervised … Continue reading

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“Love Me Tender, Love Me True …”

1956, premiere of “Love Me Tender,” Paramount Theatre, Times Square, NYC I love that Bright Wall/Dark Room is using Elvis to promote their next issue. My piece on Love Me Tender (mentioned here) will be included. They do original illustrations … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Albert Maysles

The death of documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles comes at a coincidental moment almost too good to be believed: The famous 1975 documentary he co-directed with his brother David, Grey Gardens, is – at least in New York – starting a … Continue reading

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Unfinished Business (2015)

Vince Vaughn can’t save it, although he tries. My review of Unfinished Business is now up at

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