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Watch: 7 Clips & 'Siskel & Ebert' Review For Oliver Stone's 'JFK,' Theatrical Re-Release Coming In November

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2013 1:27 PM
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When Oliver Stone's "JFK" dropped over two decades ago (damn, has it been that long?), it created nothing short of an explosion both at the multiplex and the pop cultural sphere in general. A box office hit, earning over $200 million worldwide, and an awards season player (eight Oscar nominations, and two wins for Editing and Cinematography), it was also highly controversial and stirred up a conversation about the assassination of the president that hadn't been had in ages. And now you can live that experience all over again.

Watch: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas & Martin Scorsese Talk The Future Of Movies In 1990 'Siskel & Ebert' Special

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 20, 2013 11:21 AM
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Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, who spent a good decade or so amiably switching around the top two places on everybody's “Most Vastly Powerful Person In Hollywood” list, have been back in the news recently musing on the state of the industry now and in the future: a now and a future that they feel is a little grim for them personally and the moviegoer more generally.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' & The Potential Dangers Of Auteur Worship

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • April 16, 2013 2:41 PM
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To The Wonder, Ben Affleck Rachel McAdams
...and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by editor-in-chief Rodrigo Perez, managing editor Kevin Jagernauth and contributor Cory Everett for an in depth conversation about Terrence Malick and his latest film"To the Wonder," and the idea of auteur worship in cinephile/critical circles (also known as vulgar auteurism).

Watch: Werner Herzog Describes Roger Ebert's Search For "Truth In Cinema" On 'Charlie Rose'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 16, 2013 1:22 PM
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Werner Herzog, Roger Ebert
It’s really amazing how fast time flies. It has already been two weeks since Roger Ebert left us, leaving a void in the film world that may never be filled. For many, his name was synonymous with the term “movie critic” with the Siskel & Ebert brand becoming a household name shortly after entering national syndication over thirty years ago. And though his contributions to his “At the Movies” show were limited starting in 2006, he still regularly updated his website with at least three to four reviews every weekend. Plus, once a month, he’d enter a new addition to his “Great Movies” list, giving us keen insight on all the great films in cinema, classic or modern.

Watch: 5 Movies Roger Ebert Championed Including 'Do The Right Thing,' 'Hoop Dreams,' 'Monster' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 3:49 PM
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Films That Roger Ebert Championed
As many of The Playlist team wrote earlier today, the late Roger Ebert was instrumental for many of us discovering a nurturing what has become a lifelong passion of cinema. And much of that has to do with "At The Movies," his influential long running show with Gene Siskel (and in later, less satisfying years, Richard Roeper) that brought the movies into our homes with pointed critiques, debates, arguments and most of all, enthusiasm. While many have been digging up the Ebert's zingers and classic takedowns, we wanted to focus on the moments where he got truly excited and got behind a movie.

Remembering Roger Ebert

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 5, 2013 12:40 PM
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Roger Ebert
On Thursday, the film world lost a true titan. And it wasn’t a director or movie star or producer that warranted the kind of heartfelt and universal response we saw that afternoon -- it was a film critic. There were disarmingly earnest Onion articles and political cartoons and a statement from President Obama. All of this spoke to the singular power, impact and importance of Roger Ebert. Those of us who write about movies professionally were obviously hit pretty hard by yesterday’s news, and at The Playlist, we wanted to each contribute our personal thoughts about what the man meant to us. We encourage you to do the same below.

Director Steven James Says In Production Doc On Roger Ebert Produced By Martin Scorsese Will Be Completed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2013 6:20 PM
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As the remembrances, anecdotes, fond memories continue to pour out for the late Roger Ebert, in a way, he's not really gone. His voluminous archives of reviews and blog posts will provide plenty of Ebert to explore for years to come, and in case you forgot, among the many projects the critic was involved with before he passed was a documentary about this life. And while he won't be able to give it the thumbs up or down, it will see it's way to completion.

R.I.P. Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2013 4:04 PM
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Roger Ebert
This afternoon brings some heartbreaking, sad news, for anyone even remotely a fan of the movies or cinema in general. Legendary, groundbreaking and influential film critic, writer and author Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70.

Watch: Roger Ebert & Gene Siskel Defend 'Return Of The Jedi' On 'Nightline' In 1983

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2013 5:41 PM
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So, a 2015 release date for "Star Wars: Episode VII" still isn't locked down, and the planned re-release of the prequels has been scrapped. So what's a "Star Wars" fan to do? Well, thanks to the internet, they can revel in past glory for the time being.

Roger Ebert Names 'Argo' As The Best Movie Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2012 6:16 PM
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While there have been many, many 2012 lists and recaps, the year isn't over until Roger Ebert weighs in with his favorites, and today he's done so, dropping his list of the best movies he saw in 2012. And as usual, it's a mix of more popular choices, with some love shown to smaller, foreign films that might not get the shine otherwise.

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