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Roger Ebert Reviews

#442 September 27, 2022

Matt writes: Louise Fletcher, the brilliant actress whose timeless portrayal of Nurse Ratched in Milos Forman’s 1975 classic “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” brought her cinematic immortality, died this past Friday at age 88. Be sure to read Dan Callahan’s obit, as well as Roger Ebert’s Great Movies essay on “Cuckoo’s Nest,” which is excerpted …

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A Clockwork Orange: Battling with Kubrick’s Most Controversial Film

Whenever I rank the 13 feature films of Stanley Kubrick, “A Clockwork Orange” is always a major headache for me. Along with “Dr. Strangelove” (1964) and “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), it shows Kubrick at the peak of his great filmmaker career, but it is also one of the most violent and disturbing movies even …

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Hulu Adds Tawdry Steam to Their Scandal-Lite Series Reasonable Doubt

“Scandal”’s Olivia Pope became a pop culture icon for a reason: Played with irrepressible ferocity by Kerry Washington, the DC fixer ingested red wine by the bottleful and spat powerful invective right back out, charming her way into households across America for six seasons of bodice-ripping romance and antiheroic intrigue. Is it any surprise, then, …

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Louise Fletcher (1934-2022)

Sometimes an actor enters the pantheon because of one unforgettable performance, and surely there is no clearer example of this than Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched in Miloš Forman’s film of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975). With her soft voice and 1940s pageboy and slight smile, Fletcher’s Nurse Ratched is devoted to a …

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Smile

When the horror histories of the 2010s are written, the decade will be associated with trauma metaphors the way the ‘80s are with slasher movies. And although it comes on the cusp of a new decade, the new Paramount wide-release horror movie “Smile” fits right in with its PTSD-induced kin. The difference here is that the …

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Nothing Compares

We expect a lot from our celebrities. We want them to edgy enough to make us feel special. But we don’t want them to be so edgy that they offend someone. And if, God forbid, they do offend someone, we are quick to cancel them. Until we un-cancel them. The cheekily offensive Sex Pistols was …

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Catherine Called Birdy

Set in the 13th century, “Catherine Called Birdy” is a labor of love for writer/director Lena Dunham, who first read Karen Cushman’s 1994 Newberry-winning novel of the same name when she was just ten years old. But this incredibly loose adaptation leans a little too heavily into Dunham’s economically oblivious feminism, stripping the novel of …

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Sidney

“If there were equality of opportunity in this business there would be fifteen Sidney Poitiers and ten to twelve Harry Belafontes. But there is not.” This truth is at the heart of “Sidney,” Reginald Hudlin’s new documentary about the Hollywood star Sidney Poitier. A chronological recounting of Poitier’s odds-defying breakthrough into the classic Hollywood system …

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Lou

When I told my wife that I had to watch “An Allison Janney Action Movie” for a review this week, she was a little startled (although interested in the concept, to be fair). I’m all for unexpected casting, and the truth is that Janney has the range to do just about anything, as she’s proven …

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