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Get Roger Ebert’s Great Movies eBook for $1.99 Until May 24, 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert’s Great Movies ebook is on sale through May 24 for only $1.99. Whether you are a long-time film fan or just looking for something new on Netflix, you will want to have Ebert’s wise and witty appreciations of […]

Ebertfest 2015, Part 1

posted by Nell Minow

Greetings from the campus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where the 17th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival is underway. I am delighted to be appearing on a panel of very distinguished film critics this morning and will post […]

Tonight on CNN: The Roger Ebert Documentary “Life Itself”

posted by Nell Minow

You will never see a better movie than the documentary “Life Itself,” the story of an extraordinary life. Roger used to say, “‘Rocky’” is not about boxing. It is about Rocky.” And this movie is not about movies or movie […]

Interview: Director Steve James on the Roger Ebert Documentary “Life Itself”

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert said that Steve James’ documentary “Hoop Dreams” was the greatest film of the first decade of the 21st century. He wrote, “A film like “Hoop Dreams” is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and […]

Life Itself

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for brief sexual images/nudity and language
Movie Release Date:July 4, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for brief sexual images/nudity and language
Movie Release Date: July 4, 2014

Roger Ebert, the most influential film critic of all time, gets the film he deserves directed by one of the many filmmakers he championed, Steve James (“Hoop Dreams,” “The Interrupters”).  It is co-produced by Martin Scorsese, whose emotional appearance in […]

More on Ebertfest, Including My Interview in the News-Gazette

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Roger Ebert’s favorite reporter covering Ebertfest, Melissa Merli, for a wonderful interview. This is her third year at Ebertfest, where she handled the onstage Q-and-A after “Short Term 12″ was shown Thursday afternoon. That movie made her […]

Statue of Roger Ebert Unveiled at Ebertfest — And We See “Museum Hours” and “Short Term 12″

posted by Nell Minow

The highlight of the first full day of Ebertfest was the unveiling of a new statue of Roger, at the movies, thumb up. The statue will be installed in front of Roger’s beloved Virginia Theater situated so that visitors can […]

Join Me at Ebertfest!

posted by Nell Minow

I’ll be at Ebertfest through Sunday and will update when I can.  Tonight I’ll be at the opening event, a screening of “Life Itself,” the crowd-funded documentary about festival founder, Roger Ebert.

In Memory of Roger Ebert — One Year Later

posted by Nell Minow

A year after his death, some of the writers Roger Ebert encouraged remember him with words and pictures. And the love of his life, Chaz Ebert, writes movingly about her year without him.

Join me on Twitter for an #ebertchat

posted by Nell Minow

The filmmakers behind “Life Itself,” a documentary about Roger Ebert’s life and legacy, are giving guest hosts control of their @Ebertmovie Twitter account. The hosts will be sharing their memories of Roger Ebert, their favorite reviews, and much more!  This […]

Abandoned Screenplays by Famous Writers

posted by Nell Minow

Flavorwire has a very intriguing list of “abandoned screenplays” by famous writers like Robert Towne (“Chinatown”), the Coen brothers (“Fargo,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”), Orson Welles (“Citizen Kane”), and Kevin Smith (“Clerks”).  The one I most wish had actually been made […]

Steve James Talks About His Roger Ebert Documentary

posted by Nell Minow

Rogerebert.com editor Matt Zoller Seitz spoke to Steve James, one of Roger Ebert’s favorite filmmakers, and the man behind the crowd-funded documentary about Ebert, based in part on his autobiography, Life Itself: A Memoir.  Seitz writes It seems fitting that […]

Chaz Ebert Carries Roger’s Legacy Forward

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Chaz Ebert is profiled in today’s Chicago Tribune as she prepares to go to the Sundance Film Festival for the first time since Roger’s death last April.  This time, she is not going as the wife of a critic. […]

Help Fund a Movie About Roger Ebert

posted by Nell Minow

No one has ever loved movies more than Roger Ebert.  Now it’s time for the movies to love him back — I’m a backer of this new movie about Roger and hope they get enough to do him justice and […]

The Surprisingly Tender Story of An Actor’s Kindness to the Critic Who Hated Hated Hated Hated His Movie

posted by Nell Minow

Chaz Ebert wrote to Rob Schneider to ask him about a story that was mentioned in many of the tributes to her late husband, Roger Ebert.  Roger loathed Schneider’s movie “Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo.”  He memorably wrote that the film […]

Tribute: Roger Ebert

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

A Free Issue of Roger Ebert’s Newsletter

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Great Reviews of Awful Movies by Roger Ebert

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

A Documentary About Roger Ebert

posted by Nell Minow

I was moved and inspired by Roger Ebert’s book Life Itself: A Memoir and I’m thrilled to hear that it may become a documentary thanks to three brilliant filmmakers, Martin Scorsese (“Goodfellas,” “Hugo,” “Raging Bull”), Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List,” “Moneyball,” “Searching for […]

What Makes a Really Good Bad Guy

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert’s “Far-Flung Critics” are some of my favorite writers on film and Olivia Collette has a terrific new essay on  one of my favorite topics — villains, with a focus on Bane in the new Batman movie, “The Dark […]

Is “Vertigo” the Greatest Movie of All Time?

posted by Nell Minow

Every ten years, the prestigious film journal Sight & Sound polls critics and film-makers on the greatest films of all time.  Citizen Kane has led the list for decades, but this year it was toppled by Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. While […]

More from Ebertfest

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Melissa Merli of the News-Gazette for her superb coverage of Ebertfest, especially her fine pieces about the two events I moderated. She wrote about the discussion following “Higher Ground:” Nell Minow, who with Michael Barker, co-president of […]

Greetings from Ebertfest 2012

posted by Nell Minow

Greetings from Roger Ebert’s legendary film festival in his home town of Champaign/Urbana Illinois, also the home of the state university.  Once again, Roger has curated an extraordinary collection of films from the under-seen (Ebertfest was originally known as Roger […]

Watch Ebertfest Streaming and Follow on Twitter

posted by Nell Minow

Ebertfest began tonight and I’ll be there tomorrow.  You’ll hear my thoughts but you can also be there yourself — virtually.  And follow us on @ebertfest Note my appearances with “Higher Ground” and “A Separation.”   The intros will be […]

Ebertfest: The Schedule

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled to be attending Roger Ebert’s film festival again this year.  Next week, I will return to Champaign-Urbana Illinois to help present two magnificent films, “Higher Ground” and this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, “A Separation.” […]

Lists: The Funniest Movies and the All-Time Best

posted by Nell Minow

I always quote Mrs. Miniver when the subject of making “best of” lists of movies.  She wasn’t talking about movies but her comment is applicable in many contexts: “Indefensible but irresistible.”  And they’re a great way of finding some good […]

Shatner vs. Fisher on ‘Star Trek’ vs. ‘Star Wars’

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert reports that “Star Trek” captain William Shatner and “Star Wars” princess Carrie Fisher are engaged in a battle bigger than anything involving Klingons or The Empire — the relative merits of their two franchises.  Check out the warring […]

Woody Allen on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert reviews the new PBS two-part documentary about Woody Allen: “Woody Allen: A Documentary” benefits from both its masterful construction and the willingness of Allen to offer commentary on everything from his oeuvre to his explosive divorce. Allen drives […]

Roger Ebert’s 4-Star Memoir

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Citizen Kane

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1941
DVD Release Date:September 26, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1941
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2011

“Citizen Kane” has topped more “all-time best” lists than any other movie and this 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition is a treat for passionate fans and those who still have the thrill of seeing it for the first time ahead of […]

Free Issue of Roger Ebert’s Newsletter — This Week Only

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Roger Ebert on What’s Wrong With Projectors

posted by Nell Minow

Studios spend tens of millions of dollars to get the best equipment to photograph and record the most beautiful performers wearing the most gorgeous clothes in the most spectacular settings.  And then we go to see them in a movie […]

A Movie Crossword Puzzle from Roger Ebert

posted by Nell Minow

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

Ebert: Thumbs Down on 3D, Up on Maxivison48

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Beat Ebert’s Oscar Predictions and Win $100,000!

posted by Nell Minow

Ebert Presents, the Chicago Sun-Times and MUBI.com are challenging movie fans and odds-makers everywhere to out-guess Roger Ebert in predicting the winners of this year’s Oscars. The prize is an amazing $100,000. And entrants have one big advantage over Ebert. […]

Ebert’s New Show Premieres This Weekend!

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert’s new show, Ebert Presents At the Movies, debuts this week on PBS stations across the country. The original show was an inspiration and a guide to me and I am honored beyond words to be invited to contribute […]

Roger Ebert’s List of the Best 2010 Documentaries

posted by Nell Minow

For me, the big story of the movie of 2010 was the animated films and the documentaries — we had more great films in both categories than ever before. So I was delighted to see Roger Ebert’s list of the […]

Roger Ebert’s New Show!

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled that I have been invited to be one of the correspondents for Roger Ebert’s new show, “Ebert Presents At the Movies.” With AP’s Christy Lemire and the 24-year-old Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of MUBI.com as co-hosts and Roger and […]

Roger Ebert Cites Me in MPAA Ratings Op-Ed

posted by Nell Minow

I am honored to be mentioned in Roger Ebert’s outstanding op-ed about the MPAA ratings, and thrilled with his support for what I do. Last week, on appeal, the MPAA lowered the rating of “Blue Valentine,” a searing portrait of […]

Ebert on O’Hehir’s ‘Conspiracy Theory’ About the Christian Director of ‘Secretariat’

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert has a superb rebuttal to Andrew O’Hehir’s review of “Secretariat” in Salon. Ebert is careful to say that he respects O’Hehir but that this review goes far beyond the usual disagreements about taste and aesthetics. O’Hehir read into […]

Return of ‘At the Movies!’

posted by Nell Minow

Most welcome news! Roger and Chaz Ebert have announced a new edition of the legendary movie review show, “At the Movies,” featuring AP movie critic Christy Lemire, with help from luminaries like Elvis Mitchell and Omar Moore. “This is the […]

Happy Birthday Roger Ebert!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy birthday wishes to my friend and the greatest movie critic of them all, Roger Ebert. Here’s to a year of great movies and great reviews of awful movies! Be sure to check out his classic “glossary” of movie cliches […]

What I Read

posted by Nell Minow

The Atlantic Monthly’s website has a daily feature called “What I Read.” They invite people to tell them about their sources of information and news. If you’d like to read about my “media diet” take a look. And yes, the […]

Ebert on Why Today is the Golden Age of Film Criticism

posted by Nell Minow

There have been many articles about the end of the era of the movie critic as print media cuts have led to the departure of many of the best-established and most widely-read commentators on film. But Roger Ebert says this […]

Today at Ebertfest

posted by Nell Minow

I will be on stage following I Capture the Castle today. Unfortunately, the travel delays in Europe kept Bill Nighy from attending the festival as planned, but we will have a good audience discussion. Then, we will see Vincent: a […]

Today at Ebertfest

posted by Nell Minow

I will be on stage following I Capture the Castle today. Unfortunately, the travel delays in Europe kept Bill Nighy from attending the festival as planned, but we will have a good audience discussion. Then, we will see Vincent: a […]

I’m Going to Ebertfest!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m very excited about my return to Roger Ebert’s Film Festival on Thursday. I love this festival, organized by the leading film critic in the world because it is unique. Instead of the usual quirky indies and other unreleased festival […]

Ebertfest, Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

It took me nearly 48 hours to get home due to weather and other delays, but I am back with some more from the Ebert festival. I was on a panel called “Film Criticism and the Web,” with 10 critics […]

Ebertfest, Part 1

posted by Nell Minow

I won’t be able to post pictures until I get home, but here is a quick update on Roger Ebert’s festival at the University of Illinois. Unlike many festivals, which have a dozen or more choices of events every minute […]

Debate: Is ‘The Reader’ Great Art or Hackneyed Tripe?

posted by Nell Minow

“Don’t Give an Oscar to ‘The Reader’” is the headline of an angry Slate essay by Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil. Rosenbaum says it is “a film in which all the […]

Smoking in Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert hates smoking — except in movies. And he really objects to the kind of revisionism that has produced one of Bette Davis’ iconic images from “All About Eve” for a new postage stamp but left out her ever-present […]

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