My favorite Roger Ebert story (I have a few), dates back to the early 1990s in Toronto at what was then called “The Festival of Festivals”—a few years later it would become what is now better known as the Toronto International Film Festival. I was in the lobby of a lovely jewel box of a Toro…

The friend zone: It's a space nobody wants to be, but we've all been there. The film Like Love, which premieres at The Egyptian Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 12, is an anti-romantic/romantic comedy that tells the story of a boy caught in the friend zone and the girl that put him there. The film…

When Margot Robbie walks the red carpet this Sunday, Feb. 9, she’ll have already won. She may not take home the Supporting Actress Oscar this year (my money is on the long-overdue Laura Dern for Marriage Story); the 29-year old Marvelous Margot has already been nominated twice by the Motion …

What if I could guarantee—ironclad—that you will most definitely see an Oscar-winner a full week before the Motion Picture Academy hands out its coveted little gold men? Truly. Through the good graces of the Academy, delightfully curated collections of all the animated and live action short …

There is a very particular to-the-bone chill when one steps inside a maximum-security prison. My profession has often taken me inside walls of “max,” and while it can certainly be argued to be psychosomatic, I assure you that my body’s temperature drops precipitously when a maximum security …

It’s not ideal for a third year wizard to battle with an unloving family, escaped prisoners and ghoulish dementors. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film installment in the Harry Potter franchise, is a beloved tale following Harry and his friends on their quest to survive …

In Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life, novelist Mary Ann Evans’ 19th-century challenge to idealism, hypocrisy and religion, Evans (using the nom de plume George Elliot) penned a devastating tale of a settled community facing unwelcome change.

Bear witness to Just Mercy and you’ll soon recognize a story so much more than justice denied to a black man on death row: It’s revelatory of a cancer of America itself. African Americans. Hispanic Americans. Asian Americans. Native Americans. What they, and we, share is a common suffix of i…

In December 2009, I was hard-pressed to articulate my favorite films of the year for Boise Weekly, and I was in a desperate search for presenting the year’s best cinema in unique fashion. Right about the same time, I was sitting in what was then-known as Taco Bell Area, enjoying a Boise Stat…

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