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Private Violence

A look at the complexity of domestic violence, especially when it comes to the difficulty of prosecuting abusers in a court of law, "Private Violence"…

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Rudderless

If this directorial outing was in any sense an audition for the talented Mr. Macy, he should be congratulated on passing it.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Life Itself

"Life Itself" Screens October 22nd at Chicago International Film Festival

"Life Itself" screens at 8pm Wednesday, October 22nd, at the Chicago International Film Festival.

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The roots of reactionary rage; Dietrich Brüggemann on "Stations of the Cross"; Paul Schrader's silent protest; Case closed on murder of Bulgarian defector; Author tracks down her troll.

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Demanders

Beauty In The Broken: Filmmaker Bill Morrison’s Visions of Decay Celebrated in New Box Set

A review of the Blu-ray/DVD box set, "Bill Morrison: Collected Works."

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Happy birthday Udo Kier; Reflections on "All That Jazz"; 10 essential Nicolas Roeg films; The abortion conversation we need to have; I just can't watch "Marry Me."

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Balder and Dash

That brilliant laugh: Elizabeth Pena, 1961-2014

An appreciation of Elizabeth Pena.

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Festivals & Awards

The Roger Ebert Award to be Presented October 17th

The Roger Ebert Award will be presented at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival Friday, October 17th.

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"The San Francisco Bay Guardian" shuts down; Gabriel García Márquez chats with Akira Kurosawa; Kim Dickens on Fincher's "woman problem"; Comedy club charges per laugh; R.I.P. Elizabeth Peña.

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Interviews

Life is in the Middle: Theodore Melfi on “St. Vincent”

An interview with writer/director Theodore Melfi on "St. Vincent."

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Life Itself

Chaz Ebert and Steve James to Discuss "Life Itself" at Chicago Humanities Festival

Chaz Ebert and Steve James will discuss "Life Itself" at the 2014 Chicago Humanities Festival.

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Book Excerpt: “Approaching the End: Imagining Apocalypse in American Film” by Peter Labuza

An excerpt from “Approaching the End: Imagining Apocalypse in American Film” by Peter Labuza about Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven".

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"Mountains of the Moon": Bob Rafelson's lost classic

An interview with Bob Rafelson on "Mountains of the Moon."

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Balder and Dash

"1941": An Appreciation and Interview with Bob Gale

An appreciation of "1941" and interview with Bob Gale.