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Film critics Roger Ebert, front, and Gene Siskel popularized the "Thumbs up, Thumbs down" review system through their TV show in the 1980s and '90s. Photo by Kevin Horan, via Magnolia Pictures.
By Jim Piper 7.15.2014

Ebert captured ‘Life Itself’ in his plainspoken reviews

Roger Ebert hasn’t always been my favorite film critic. I’ve often enjoyed the sharp-edged reviews of A.O. Scott and the looping back and adroit asides of Anthony Lane. But Ebert succeeds as few reviewers do with his Midwestern idiom and subtle powers of observation. Now, there’s a super documentary about Ebert and his legacy, “Life…

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Fun fact: The two young stars of our upcoming film "The Double," Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, began dating each other after working on the film together. Via Magnolia Pictures.
By Rebecca Horwitz 7.7.2014

Wasikowska, Eisenberg provide double the star power

The Richard Ayoade film “The Double” looks intriguing and compelling on many levels, but the black comedy wouldn’t be billed as one of the best films of 2014 so far without its two young stars, Mia Wasikowska and Jesse Eisenberg. In a dual role, Eisenberg plays the shy and timid character Simon as well as…

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