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The Best Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 27, 2014 3:02 PM
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Best of Sundance 2014
The film writing community is still catching up on sleep, getting over festival flu and showering off the stink of their blogger condos, but there's no escaping it: the Sundance Film Festival is over for another year. For over thirty years, the festival has provided a welcome opportunity to shake off awards season, and to start to look over some of the movies and faces that we'll be talking about for the next twelve months.

Sundance Review: Roger Ebert Doc 'Life Itself' A Profoundly Moving Story About One Of Cinema’s Greatest Superheroes

  • By Chase Whale
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  • January 22, 2014 10:04 AM
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Life Itself
Without question, Roger Ebert is the most recognizable figure in American film criticism, possibly even international criticism, and deservingly so. Ebert helped curious minds alive today better understand movies and what they were trying to say, moving past the obvious and always finding something deeper. "Life Itself" is based on Ebert's memoir of the same name, but the film goes far beyond the book's last page. This documentary actually started shooting months before Ebert knew he was going to die, and the bulk of the focus is on his many relentless and rigorous battles to stay alive, as well as highs and lows in his life—there’s no soft-pedaling here. One very admirable trait about Ebert—when he learned he was going to die, and very soon, he wanted the show to go on.

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.

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