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Here’s the Ebertfest panel on “The Handmaiden” that I moderated. (Sorry there’s a problem with the sound at first — skip ahead about five minutes and it should be all right.

On Vulture, Kyle Buchanan has a fascinating column about three directors who took time off between blockbusters to make remarkably similar small budget films about gifted kids and their single parents. It is well worth reading in full. Take “Gifted,” […]

The casting of Scarlett Johansson in “Ghost in the Shell” is just the most recent “whitewashing” that has created controversy and played at least a contributing factor to the poor results at the box office. Audiences have understandably objected to […]

Thelma Schoonmaker, winner of three Oscars for editing, and long-time creative partner of Martin Scorsese, has a great interview in Crave. When we edit, I do the first cut, but then after he’s through shooting, we cut everything else together. […]

Now that we’ve had a few days to think about it, or to catch up with the final episode of “Big Little Lies” On Demand or by DVR, what did you think? There are some good discussions online, especially at […]

This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly is a treasure trove of behind the scenes information about favorite movies like “Love Actually” and “Ghost” and favorite television shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer and “Daria.” Be sure to pick it up […]

Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, is a book by Mark Harris about five of the greatest directors of all time who joined the war effort to document it and to promote morale at […]

As part of rogerebert.com’s annual Women’s Week, three critics got together to pay tribute to one of their favorite films, the ice skating classic, Ice Castles. Christy Lemire, Sheila O’Malley, and Susan Wloszczyna shared their memories of first seeing the […]

Many thanks to Expressive Mom and Miriam Slozberg for interviewing me about the three questions I get asked most often: Why do most movies about children have one or both parents dead or otherwise out of the picture? What do […]

I am really enjoying being a part of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ panel for their new Movie of the Week feature. This week’s pick is the touching and entertaining “Their Finest,” about filmmakers in WWII England, starring Bill […]