writes Matt: Happy New Year, Ebert Club subscribers! We start 2022 with a letter from RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert that provides a significant overview of the work published on our site in 2021. You can read the entire letter here, which is excerpted below, along with a picture, showing your reality, my other assistant editors Nick Allen and Nell Minow, Editor-at-Large Matt Zoller Seitz, Managing Editor Brian Tallerico and, of course, Chaz …
To all our beloved critics, contributors, readers and subscribers:
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a healthy and enjoyable holiday. I am deeply grateful to each and every one of you for your contributions, whether it is through your writing, your reading of our reviews and essays, or simply through your moral support in the second year of the pandemic. You can come to our site every day for the bestmovie reviews,TV / streaming reviews,collections,interviews,blog postsand more. All our contributors and their individual collections of published works can be foundhere.Before we embark on the next twelve months ahead, I would like to take a moment to look back at some of the extraordinary work published on our site, RogerEbert.com.
The Norwegian(2022). Directed by Robert Eggers. Written by Robert Eggers and Sjón. Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman. Synopsis: An epic revenge thriller that explores how far a Viking prince will go to seek justice for his murdered father.Debuts in the US on April 22, 2022.
Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts(2022). Executive produced by Casey Patterson. Synopsis: Cast from all “Harry Potter” films are reunited in a retrospective special to celebrate the anniversary of the first film, including interviews and cast interviews.Now available on HBO Max.
Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness(2022). Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by Jade Halley Bartlett and Michael Waldron (based on comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko). Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel McAdams. Synopsis: Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden magic that opens the door to the multiverse, including an alternate version of himself whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong and Wanda Maximoff.Debuting in the US on May 6, 2022.
Death on the Nile(2022). Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Written by Michael Green (based on the novel by Agatha Christie). Starring Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer. Synopsis: While Hercule Poirot is on holiday on the Nile, he must investigate the murder of a young heir. Debuts in the US on February 11, 2022.
We’re going to talk about Cosby(2022). Directed by W. Kamau Bell. Synopsis: Can you separate art from the artist? Should you try at all? While there are many people we could ask these questions about, no one poses a more difficult challenge than Bill Cosby.Debuts on Showtime on January 30, 2022.
Room No. 6(2022). Directed by Juho Kuosmanen. Written by Juho Kuosmanen, Andris Feldmanis, Livia Ulman and Ljuba Mulmenko (based on the novel by Rosa Liksom). With Yuriy Borisov, Seidi Haarla, Yuliya Aug. Synopsis: While a train weaves up to the Arctic Circle, two strangers share a journey that will change their perspective on life. Debuting in the US on January 26, 2022.
Cow(2022). Directed by Andrea Arnold. Synopsis: A close-up of two cows’ daily lives.Debuting in the US on January 14, 2022.
Bigbug(2022). Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant. Starring Dominique Pinon, Elsa Zylberstein, Isabelle Nanty. Synopsis: A group of quarrels in the suburbs is in a pinch as an Android uprising causes their well-meaning household robots to lock them inside for their own safety.Debuts on Netflix on February 11, 2022.
I want you back(2022). Directed by Jason Orley. Written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. Starring Jenny Slate, Charlie Day, Jami Gertz. Synopsis: They recently dumped some thirty Peter and Emma team up to sabotage their exes’ new relationship and win them back forever.Debuts on Prime Video on February 11, 2022.
Founder of Peace (2022), red-band trailer. Created by James Gunn. Starring John Cena, Jennifer Holland, Robert Patrick. Synopsis: The origin of the DC superhero who is so dedicated to world peace that he is ready to use force to achieve it.Debuts on HBO Max on January 13, 2022.
I knowñorita 89 (2022). Created by Lucía Puenzo. Synopsis: In a seeming paradise, 32 beauty queens arrive for three months of care before competing to become Miss Mexico.Debuting in the US on February 27, 2022.
The Witcher: Blood Origin(2022). Created by Declan De Barra. Starring Michelle Yeoh, Nathaniel Curtis, Francesca Mills. Synopsis: Prequel to the Netflix series ‘The Witcher’, set in an elven world 1,200 years before the show, centered on the origins of the very first Witcher.The US release date is TBA.
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber (2022). Created by Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Uma Thurman, Kyle Chandler. Synopsis: The roller coaster ride for the emerging transportation company that embodies the highs and lows of Silicon Valley.Debuts on Showtime on February 27, 2022.
Euphoria: Season 2(2022). Created by Sam Levinson. Med Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney. Synopsis: A look at the lives of a group of high school students as they struggle with issues of drugs, sex, and violence.Debuts on HBO Max on January 9, 2022.
Search Party: Season 5(2022). Created by Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers and Michael Showalter. Starring Alia Shawkat, John Reynolds, John Early. Synopsis: A dark comedy about four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears. Debuts on HBO Max on January 7, 2022.
Uncharted(2022). Directed by Ruben Fleischer. Written by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Rafe Judkins. Cast Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas. Synopsis: The story is a prequel to the games, starring Holland as a younger Drake, showing us details of how he came to meet and become friends with Sully.Debuts in the US on February 18, 2022.
The tragedy of Macbeth(2021). Written and directed by Joel Coen (based on the play by William Shakespeare). Starring Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Kathryn Hunter. Synopsis: A Scottish lord is convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next king of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans to take power.Debuts on Apple TV + on January 14, 2022.
Batman(2022). Directed by Matt Reeves. Written by Matt Reeves and Peter Craig (based on the cartoon by Bob Kane and Bill Finger). Starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano. Synopsis: In his second year of fighting crime, Batman reveals corruption in Gotham City that connects his own family while facing a serial killer known as Riddler.Debuting in the US on March 4, 2022.
Betty White (1922-2021)
writes Matt:Just weeks away from her 100th birthday, TV legend Betty White died on December 31, 2021, leaving one of the most extraordinary legacies in the history of the media. Do not miss Nell Minow’s beautiful tribute to the beloved star in “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”.
24 major performances in 2021
writes Matt: The authors at RogerEbert.com focus on 24 of the best performances that can adorn the screen in 2021. Click here to read the full piece, which features my appreciation of Rachel Sennott’s star-studded tour in Emma Seligman’s debut film, “Shiva Baby,” a film that received four stars from our critic Monica Castillo.
Spring in the Sierras(1947). Directed by William Witney. Written by Sloan Nibley. Starring Roy Rogers, Trigger, Andy Devine. Synopsis: A gang, led by the evil Stephanie Bachelor, slaughters wildly out of season. Roy finds the freezer where the meat is stored, but the villain Roy Barcroft finds him there. A famous fight takes place in the freezer. Roy wins, of course.
See “Springtime in the Sierras”
The time in your life(1948). Directed by HC Potter. Written by Nathaniel Curtis (based on the play by William Saroyan). Starring James Cagney, William Bendix, Wayne Morris. Synopsis: A large number of people enter Nick’s Pacific Street Saloon, some to ask for work and others just to pass the time.
See “The Time of Your Life”
Ma Barker’s killer bread(1960). Directed by Bill Karn. Written by F. Paul Hall. With Lurene Tuttle, Tristram Coffin, Paul Dubov. Synopsis: Ma Barker and her four sons terrorize the South and Midwest of the 1930s with a series of kidnappings, robberies and murders and even get to work with such famous criminals as John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson.
See “Ma Barker’s Killer Bread”
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