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Many thanks to Thelma Adams for including me in her critics roundtable discussion of this year’s Best Actress Oscar nominees.  I found the debate fascinating!

Three new films feature nude scenes with three young actresses not thought of as bombshells or sex symbols.  Kristen Stewart shows a bit of PG-13-rated skin in the latest”Twilight” movie, but in the R-rated “Melancholia” and the NC-17-rated “Shame” Kirsten […]

Movie critic Thelma Adams, the author of the Oprah-endorsed novel Playdate, has started a new column on AMC Filmcritic.com with posts on The Descendants, Paranormal Activity 3, and a must-read piece on why we need more women directors.  She is always a […]

Roger Ebert, not just the greatest movie critic of all time but one of the most influential thinkers and brilliant writers on any subject over the past four decades, has written his story in Life Itself: A Memoir.  When he lost […]

Jim Emerson of Indiewire takes viewers through the truck chase scene in “The Dark Knight” and explains how an action sequence works (and does not work). This is a superb lesson on visual story-telling, highly recommended.

Roger Ebert’s wonderful newsletter is a steal at $10 a year.  This week only, it’s even more of a steal with a FREE issue that includes a glimpse of his upcoming autobiography and trailers for some of the coolest upcoming […]

Slate has taken data from Rotten Tomatoes to compute the career trajectories of actors and directors.  The results are unexpected — would anyone guess that the actor with the best reviews is….Daniel Autueil?  And the worst actress…Jennifer Love Hewitt?  I’m […]

Roger Ebert has posted a crossword puzzle for movie fans from 2007.  Enjoy!

Northwestern University is hosting a three-day conference April 21-23 called Illuminating the Shadows: Film Criticism in Focus, with top critics from around the country discussing the past, present, and future of serious writing about film.  All sessions are free and […]

Roger Ebert says the case is closed on 3D — it can never work. He has some powerful support for his position, a letter from Walter Murch, “the most respected film editor and sound designer in the modern cinema.” Murch […]