The Royal Ms. Roberts
Matt Singer at The Dissolve surveys the career of Julia Roberts and her current place in modern Hollywood after 25 years as 'America's Sweetheart'. Singer rips open a pack of stars to rate each and all of her movies, and highlights the actor's trademark use of “the cryle,” i.e. smile-cry face.
Three cheers for the persistent
Every filmmaker has a wish-list of movies they want to make one day. Some get them over the line after years of treading water, but most aren’t so lucky. Movie Mezzanine’s Jack Pitre looks at a handful of examples where their creators’ persistence paid off, in 6 Passion Projects That Beat the Odds.
Women directors at their best
Female representation in cinema, especially behind the camera, has remained an issue simply because it never seems to improve, no matter how often it’s addressed. The Raindance Film Festival tallied a timely list of the 25 best movies made by women to remind viewers just why their numbers need to rise – and now.
Memories of Maltin
Chaz Ebert, wife of the late critic Roger, mourns the news that Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide is ending its 45-year run as one of the most valuable reference books for budding cinefiles. Numerous contributors to the site – including SBS Movie’s own Lisa Nesselson – share how it helped them along the way.
With Russia cracking down on the availability of world movies they believe may "demonise" their country, it now seems they’re perfectly fine with inside jobs, namely Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan. The Cannes award-winning parable, which takes aim at endemic corruption, is getting a Russian release.