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Many thanks once again to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me on her Movie Addict Headquarters show. This time, the topic was the best and worst of 2013’s summer movie releases and I had a lot of fun sharing my […]

Have you ever wondered what movies scare professional movie-goers? I can’t really answer that as I don’t go to super-scary movies. Fortunately, there are some braver critics out there, and while I don’t like scary movies, I do like this […]

It’s often more fun to read about a bad movie than a good one (more fun to write about a bad one, too). “The Lone Ranger” is not a terrible movie. It does not inspire the kind of horrified hyperbole […]

I’m interested in James Franco’s take on “The Great Gatsby” because of what this polymath who attended two grad schools at once has to say about the challenges of adapting great writing to the screen and the differing goals and […]

Roger was very excited about his new website and invited me to be a contributor, along with my friends Odie Henderson, Jim Emerson, Michal Oleszczyk, Thomas W Shales, Omer M. Mozaffar, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky.  We are going forward and will try […]

Today, just one day after announcing he was taking a “leave of presence” to deal with a recurrence of cancer, Roger Ebert died at age 70.   His influence, like his greatness, is incalculable. Ebert was a great critic, a […]

I have been a proud and happy subscriber to Roger Ebert’s wonderful newsletter, always filled with intriguing trailers and commentary and much more.  Check out this free issue of the Ebert Club Newsletter and sign up for the teeny price […]

I’m honored to be included in New York Magazine’s round-up of the worst movies of 2012.  You can see the full ballots of all of the critics, too.

January is traditionally the worst month of the year for movies, as the studios take a break from releasing their big, ambitious, awards contenders.  That makes it a perfect time to read Roger Ebert’s series of books about the movies […]

In honor of today’s release of “Looper,” IndieWire asked a panel of movie critics about their favorite time travel movies.  The answers are a lot to read, with many mentions of blockbusters like “Back to the Future” (and “Back to […]