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

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....

Posted: 2 days ago

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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...

Posted: 9 days ago

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...

Posted: 25 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...

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...
‘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...

6:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

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...

6:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

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...

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 04, 2017

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...

4:49 PM Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

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...

7:43 PM Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

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...