Charles Ealy

Charles Ealy writes and edits stories about movies, books and the arts for the Austin American-Statesman. He has been a journalist since graduating from the University of Missouri in 1977. He came to the Statesman in 1981, where he worked until 1987. He then moved to The Dallas Morning News, where he worked until 2006, primarily in the business and arts sections. While at The News, he obtained a master's degree in humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He returned to the Statesman in the fall of 2006. He regularly attends the Cannes Film Festival and is a member of the Austin Film Critics Association. 

Latest from Charles Ealy

Streep shines in timely political tale ‘The Post’
 It’s hard to imagine a movie that’s more timely than Steven Spielberg’s “The Post.” The point: The Fourth Estate must be a check on political power. That sounds awfully didactic, but “The Post” isn’t preaching. The movie, instead, focuses on Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the owner of the...

5:52 PM Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

It’s hard to imagine a movie that’s more timely than Steven Spielberg’s “The Post.” The point: The Fourth Estate must be a check on political power. That sounds awfully didactic, but “The Post” isn’t preaching. The movie, instead, focuses on Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the owner of the...
‘Phantom Thread’ actress discusses film’s complicated relationships
 British actress Lesley Manville will face a quandary at Oscar time. Like many critics and movie lovers, she thinks Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays her high-fashion designing brother Reynolds in “Phantom Thread,” will be nominated for a best actor Oscar. She thinks fellow Brit Gary Oldman, who stars as Winston Churchill in “Darkest...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

British actress Lesley Manville will face a quandary at Oscar time. Like many critics and movie lovers, she thinks Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays her high-fashion designing brother Reynolds in “Phantom Thread,” will be nominated for a best actor Oscar. She thinks fellow Brit Gary Oldman, who stars as Winston Churchill in “Darkest...
Our critics pick their Top 10 movies of 2017
 Cinema in 2017 offered a respite from a year that started out for many as a dumpster fire and didn’t hesitate to keep pouring on the gasoline. Looking at the films below, it’s hard not to notice that so many of them focus on the past, whether it is the war-torn 1940s, an idyllic 1980s Italy, or the world of serious figure skating...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

Cinema in 2017 offered a respite from a year that started out for many as a dumpster fire and didn’t hesitate to keep pouring on the gasoline. Looking at the films below, it’s hard not to notice that so many of them focus on the past, whether it is the war-torn 1940s, an idyllic 1980s Italy, or the world of serious figure skating...
‘Call Me by Your Name’ a lush story of discovery
 Lushly filmed tales often seem to be grounded in nostalgia and sentimentality, reflecting some glorious historical time that really didn’t exist. And there’s a little bit of that in “Call Me by Your Name,” the new film from Italian director Luca Guadagnino. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more substantial...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Lushly filmed tales often seem to be grounded in nostalgia and sentimentality, reflecting some glorious historical time that really didn’t exist. And there’s a little bit of that in “Call Me by Your Name,” the new film from Italian director Luca Guadagnino. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more substantial...
‘Downsizing’ doesn’t live up to its creative premise
 The first 30 minutes of “Downsizing” from director Alexander Payne are fascinating. The premise? That the world is on the path to self-destruction and that science has come up with a way to slash waste and environmental pollutants and all sorts of other things that seem to be propelling us toward doom. The solution? Shrink people...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

The first 30 minutes of “Downsizing” from director Alexander Payne are fascinating. The premise? That the world is on the path to self-destruction and that science has come up with a way to slash waste and environmental pollutants and all sorts of other things that seem to be propelling us toward doom. The solution? Shrink people...
History and humor blend in Winston Churchill story
 It’s good to remember that Great Britain was in great peril in May 1940 amid its war with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. The mood in Parliament was that a British defeat appeared to be quite possible, especially after the fall of France. Politicians, led by Neville Chamberlain and Viscount Halifax, were urging peace talks with Hitler....

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

It’s good to remember that Great Britain was in great peril in May 1940 amid its war with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. The mood in Parliament was that a British defeat appeared to be quite possible, especially after the fall of France. Politicians, led by Neville Chamberlain and Viscount Halifax, were urging peace talks with Hitler....
In ‘Darkest Hour,’ actor transforms into one of world’s political giants
 When the producers of “Darkest Hour” approached Gary Oldman about playing British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, he told them, “Don’t be ridiculous. I don’t look anything like him.” “But for some reason,” Oldman says, “one of the producers at Working Title, Eric Fellner, God bless him...

6:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

When the producers of “Darkest Hour” approached Gary Oldman about playing British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, he told them, “Don’t be ridiculous. I don’t look anything like him.” “But for some reason,” Oldman says, “one of the producers at Working Title, Eric Fellner, God bless him...
Love story meets creature feature in beautiful ‘Shape of Water’
 Water takes on the shape of whatever holds it, and it can be gentle as well as powerful, just like love, Guillermo del Toro says. That’s what he’s trying to illustrate with his beautifully crafted new movie, “The Shape of Water.” For the mute cleaning lady Elisa (Sally Hawkins), love takes the shape of a mystery-shrouded...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

Water takes on the shape of whatever holds it, and it can be gentle as well as powerful, just like love, Guillermo del Toro says. That’s what he’s trying to illustrate with his beautifully crafted new movie, “The Shape of Water.” For the mute cleaning lady Elisa (Sally Hawkins), love takes the shape of a mystery-shrouded...
Denzel Washington isn’t enough to keep ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ afloat
 Writer/director Dan Gilroy gave Jake Gyllenhaal one of his best roles in 2014’s creepy “Nightcrawler,” about the slimy side of crime and TV news. With “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” Gilroy is trying to do the same for Denzel Washington, who has already won two Oscars, for 2002’s “Training Day” and...

6:00 AM Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Writer/director Dan Gilroy gave Jake Gyllenhaal one of his best roles in 2014’s creepy “Nightcrawler,” about the slimy side of crime and TV news. With “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” Gilroy is trying to do the same for Denzel Washington, who has already won two Oscars, for 2002’s “Training Day” and...
Strong performances give life to strong characters in ‘Billboards’
 “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will make you laugh — and then make you wonder whether you should be laughing. And that’s why it’s so good. There are no easy answers. At first, it seems like a fairly justifiable act: putting up three billboards to question why her daughter’s rape and murder...

6:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will make you laugh — and then make you wonder whether you should be laughing. And that’s why it’s so good. There are no easy answers. At first, it seems like a fairly justifiable act: putting up three billboards to question why her daughter’s rape and murder...
‘Three Billboards’ writer-director surpasses simple Hollywood arc
 The title “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. But writer-director Martin McDonagh doesn’t make easily digestible, simple movies. He says he likes ethical complications — and they’re available in spades in “Three Billboards.” The movie focuses on a...

6:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

The title “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. But writer-director Martin McDonagh doesn’t make easily digestible, simple movies. He says he likes ethical complications — and they’re available in spades in “Three Billboards.” The movie focuses on a...