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

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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...

Posted: 8 days ago

“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...

Posted: 13 days ago

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...
‘Lady Bird’ a lovely look at delicate mother-daughter ties
 Lady Bird Johnson is special in Austin and beyond. But a new movie, writer/director Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” will capture our hearts, too, though it has nothing to do with the former first lady. It’s a humane, tender look at mother/daughter relationships; yet, it’s much more than that. It’s lovely. Saoirse...

Posted: 15 days ago

Lady Bird Johnson is special in Austin and beyond. But a new movie, writer/director Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” will capture our hearts, too, though it has nothing to do with the former first lady. It’s a humane, tender look at mother/daughter relationships; yet, it’s much more than that. It’s lovely. Saoirse...
‘The Square’ satirizes society and art world
 If you were a fan of Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 avalanche satire “Force Majeure,” then you’ll probably like his latest, “The Square,” which satirizes the art world and the bourgeoisie. Bourgeoisie champion Whit Stillman and his followers, of course, will be appalled. And that’s okay. Some outside the Stillman...

Posted: 15 days ago

If you were a fan of Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 avalanche satire “Force Majeure,” then you’ll probably like his latest, “The Square,” which satirizes the art world and the bourgeoisie. Bourgeoisie champion Whit Stillman and his followers, of course, will be appalled. And that’s okay. Some outside the Stillman...
Greta Gerwig hones fine, female gaze in coming-of-age story ‘Lady Bird’
 Like her main character in her new movie, “Lady Bird,” writer/director Greta Gerwig grew up in Sacramento, Calif., had aspirations as an artist and moved to the East Coast for college. And she says a lot of her worldview is reflected in the film in various ways. But it’s not autobiographical in any strict sense, she says...

Posted: 20 days ago

Like her main character in her new movie, “Lady Bird,” writer/director Greta Gerwig grew up in Sacramento, Calif., had aspirations as an artist and moved to the East Coast for college. And she says a lot of her worldview is reflected in the film in various ways. But it’s not autobiographical in any strict sense, she says...
Actress/director Greta Gerwig on Hollywood assault scandals: ‘We helped build the culture that allowed it’
 Greta Gerwig, who was in Austin over the weekend to screen her new movie, “Lady Bird,” at the Austin Film Festival, has a thoughtful take on the recent controversies surrounding Hollywood executives and sexual assaults and harassment. During an interview with the Austin American-Statesman at AFF, she said that her favorite movie...

Posted: 25 days ago

Greta Gerwig, who was in Austin over the weekend to screen her new movie, “Lady Bird,” at the Austin Film Festival, has a thoughtful take on the recent controversies surrounding Hollywood executives and sexual assaults and harassment. During an interview with the Austin American-Statesman at AFF, she said that her favorite movie...
Want to be a screenwriter? Ditch it all and jump in, Keenen Ivory Wayans says
 Parents of kids who want to go into show business probably won’t like what Keenen Ivory Wayans has to say. And Wayans, who was honored Saturday with the Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award at the Austin Film Festival and Conference, said his father didn’t think much of it, either. When Wayans decided to drop out of...

Posted: 26 days ago

Parents of kids who want to go into show business probably won’t like what Keenen Ivory Wayans has to say. And Wayans, who was honored Saturday with the Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award at the Austin Film Festival and Conference, said his father didn’t think much of it, either. When Wayans decided to drop out of...
Attica Locke’s new series is, in part, a ‘love letter to black Texans’
 Attica Locke, who grew up in Houston and worked for three seasons as a writer for TV’s “Empire,” has a great new book series beginning, focusing on a black Texas Ranger, Darren Mathews, who works along Highway 59 in East Texas. It’s called “Bluebird, Bluebird,” and Locke will talk about it and other matters...

Posted: 27 days ago

Attica Locke, who grew up in Houston and worked for three seasons as a writer for TV’s “Empire,” has a great new book series beginning, focusing on a black Texas Ranger, Darren Mathews, who works along Highway 59 in East Texas. It’s called “Bluebird, Bluebird,” and Locke will talk about it and other matters...
Roger D. Hodge tells a Texas story in a way you haven’t heard before
 West Texas native Roger D. Hodge’s new book, “Texas Blood,” has a peculiar structure — and a peculiar approach. It’s part memoir, part travelogue, part history and part literary criticism. In other words, it’s quite remarkable, mainly because it refuses to follow traditional forms of storytelling, and that...

Posted: 28 days ago

West Texas native Roger D. Hodge’s new book, “Texas Blood,” has a peculiar structure — and a peculiar approach. It’s part memoir, part travelogue, part history and part literary criticism. In other words, it’s quite remarkable, mainly because it refuses to follow traditional forms of storytelling, and that...
‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’ brings dark Greek tragedy to the suburbs
 Every once in a while, a movie comes along that offers you the opportunity to be an insufferable snoot or an intelligent moviegoer. It all depends on your delivery — and the willingness of your audience (or friends) to grant you authority. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is such a movie...

Posted: 29 days ago

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that offers you the opportunity to be an insufferable snoot or an intelligent moviegoer. It all depends on your delivery — and the willingness of your audience (or friends) to grant you authority. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is such a movie...