Category Archives: TV & Movies


In “Colette,” based on the life of the foremost female French novelist, Giles Nuttgens’ gorgeous cinematography invites us into the lush, candle-lit world of late 19th century France, contrasting the thick greenery outdoors of the countryside with the highly decorated interiors of Paris. Both locations are seductively lavish, not in terms of the money spent by…

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Home Entertainment Consumer Guide: September 20, 2018

10 NEW TO NETFLIX “Black Panther““Brick““The Endless““Groundhog Day““The River wild”“Role Models““Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”“The Third Man““Unforgiven““The Witch“ 6 NEW TO BLU-RAY/DVD “Beast“ I try not to show preference in this column for films on which I’m quoted on the cover but, naturally, the quote serves as a sort of endorsement on its own (except…

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls

“The House with a Clock In Its Walls”—horror director Eli Roth’s first attempt at a a kid-friendly horror-fantasy—is basically watchable. Granted, it is more than a little familiar: you’d be forgiven if the movie’s trailer, which does a decent job of capturing the film’s doofy mood, seems like an ad for a new movie based on R.L. Stine’s kiddy horror “Goosebumps” series.  But the plot—about Lewis…

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Inaugural Roger Ebert Symposium Set for October 1st in Urbana

When my late husband Roger reviewed Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” upon its release 50 years ago, he bookended his four-star rave with the poetry of e.e. cummings, who once wrote, “listen—there’s a hell of a good universe next door; let’s go.” Roger’s tireless excitement for exploring other worlds through the portal of cinema will…

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