Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies. ‘THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS’ at Village East Cinema (May 31, 7 p.m.). “The Magnificent Ambersons,” Orson Welles’s 1942 feature — his second, after “Citizen Kane” — is one of the most crushing stories in cinema: not because of the movie itself, though it’s extraordinarily moving, but because the studio lopped off Welles’s original ending and shot a rushed, unconvincing coda.
Cannes 2017: "Jeanette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc," "The Summit"byBen KenigsbergMay 25, 2017 | Print PageIf you talk about the history of the Cannes awards, one of the most controversial years is still 1999, when a jury headed by David Cronenberg gave the Palme d'Or to the "Rosetta." The movie had screened at the tail end of the festival and had gone unseen by many journalists (including this site's beloved founder, Roger Ebert).
John Prine: American LegendbyRoger EbertNovember 14, 2010 | Print Page
Through no wisdom of my own but out of sheer blind luck, I walked into the Fifth Peg, a folk club on West Armitage, one night in 1970 and heard a mailman from Westchester singing. This was John Prine. He sang his own songs. That night I heard "Sam Stone," one of the great songs of the century. And "Angel from Montgomery." And others.