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Roger Ebert, Revisited: An Interview with “Life Itself” Director Steve James

For a long time, Steve James has been best known to the general public as the director of Hoop Dreams. It may be time to alter that description. James’s latest film is Life Itself, the new, uplifting documentary of the late, great film critic Roger Ebert. Loosely based on his titular 2011 memoir. James filmed […]

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Beyond the SeaWorld: An Interview with Gabriela Cowperthwaite and John Hargrove of “Blackfish”

Using the 2010 death of veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau as its narrative base, the documentary Blackfish proceeds to examine the water park’s pathetic treatment of killer whales, including Tilikum, the beloved creature that killed Brancheau during a show. “I don’t want people to walk away terrorized,” says Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the film’s director. She also […]

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Worst Movie Ever? I Spit On Your Grave

Welcome to the first installment of “Worst Movie Ever?,” where every month we’ll examine a universally panned movie to determine if merit lies in its critically deposited scorn. With the recent passing of Roger Ebert, this first choice, Meir Zarchi’s I Spit on Your Grave (originally titled Day of the Woman) is fitting. The great […]