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. 

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Austin Film Festival movies feature big names, Texas ties
 The Austin Film Festival and Conference kicks off Oct. 26 with a big lineup of film writers, narrative features, documentaries and panel discussions. Actress Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with “Lady Bird,” while some of the top fall films such as “Darkest Hour” and “Chappaquiddick” get their...

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The Austin Film Festival and Conference kicks off Oct. 26 with a big lineup of film writers, narrative features, documentaries and panel discussions. Actress Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with “Lady Bird,” while some of the top fall films such as “Darkest Hour” and “Chappaquiddick” get their...
Things get really dark for Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman in ‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’
 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, which screened...

Posted: 27 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, which screened...
10 films that stood out at the Toronto Film Festival
 If you’re looking for a guide to the best films of the fall, then the Toronto International Film Festival, which wraps up Sept. 17, usually provides some answers. Any list surely will include Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” a beautiful meditation on empathy and love with a monstrous twist. The movie had...

1:00 PM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

If you’re looking for a guide to the best films of the fall, then the Toronto International Film Festival, which wraps up Sept. 17, usually provides some answers. Any list surely will include Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” a beautiful meditation on empathy and love with a monstrous twist. The movie had...
Masterful ‘Mother!’ could make even extreme horror fans wince
 Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ is a masterpiece that might make even fans of extreme horror movies wince. It’s stylish, complex and superbly acted by Jennifer Lawrence, the titular mother. As anyone who has watched the trailer knows, the film has a distinctive “Rosemary’s Baby” vibe, and that&rsquo...

5:00 AM Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ is a masterpiece that might make even fans of extreme horror movies wince. It’s stylish, complex and superbly acted by Jennifer Lawrence, the titular mother. As anyone who has watched the trailer knows, the film has a distinctive “Rosemary’s Baby” vibe, and that&rsquo...
George Clooney talks dogs, kids and Coen Brothers at Toronto Film Festival
 It was a big week for George Clooney, director of the new movie "Suburbicon," a rather explicit takedown of 1950s racism and suburbia. The new father of twins was just in Venice for the world premiere of the film, and that's where he and his wife, Amal, got married. So it's one of his favorite spots. But he has also had a long relationship...

2:30 PM Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

It was a big week for George Clooney, director of the new movie "Suburbicon," a rather explicit takedown of 1950s racism and suburbia. The new father of twins was just in Venice for the world premiere of the film, and that's where he and his wife, Amal, got married. So it's one of his favorite spots. But he has also had a long relationship...
Toronto Film Festival’s 20 top titles
 The awards season gets into full swing this week as North America gets its first look at many Oscar contenders. It’s happening at the Toronto International Film Festival, which starts Sept. 7 and traditionally kicks off the late-year jockeying for Academy Awards. This year, the lineup appears to be as strong as ever, with such acclaimed...

5:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 02, 2017

The awards season gets into full swing this week as North America gets its first look at many Oscar contenders. It’s happening at the Toronto International Film Festival, which starts Sept. 7 and traditionally kicks off the late-year jockeying for Academy Awards. This year, the lineup appears to be as strong as ever, with such acclaimed...
For director, ‘Patti Cake$’ is realization of long dream
 Take heart, aspiring filmmakers. Not that long ago, Geremy Jasper was 23 years old and living in his parents’ basement in Hillsdale, N.J. He wasn’t a loser. In fact, he was quite smart, having attended the upscale private liberal arts college Wesleyan in Connecticut, where he focused on American Studies. But his garage band seemed...

5:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

Take heart, aspiring filmmakers. Not that long ago, Geremy Jasper was 23 years old and living in his parents’ basement in Hillsdale, N.J. He wasn’t a loser. In fact, he was quite smart, having attended the upscale private liberal arts college Wesleyan in Connecticut, where he focused on American Studies. But his garage band seemed...
‘Wind River’ is a crime drama with a big heart
 “Wind River,” the latest from acclaimed screenwriter/director Taylor Sheridan, does something remarkable. It exudes empathy and warmth despite occurring in the most formidably harsh winter setting — on a remote Native American reservation in Wyoming, where no humans were ever meant to live. The dangers of the environment...

5:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

“Wind River,” the latest from acclaimed screenwriter/director Taylor Sheridan, does something remarkable. It exudes empathy and warmth despite occurring in the most formidably harsh winter setting — on a remote Native American reservation in Wyoming, where no humans were ever meant to live. The dangers of the environment...
One filmmaker’s road from a Texas ranch to the red carpet in Cannes
 When “Wind River” opens in Austin on Aug. 11, it’ll mark the completion of a former Austinite’s cinematic trilogy that explores failure — rather than triumph — on the modern American frontier. Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s 2015 drug-war drama “Sicario” looked at violence along the U.S...

5:00 AM Friday, Aug. 04, 2017

When “Wind River” opens in Austin on Aug. 11, it’ll mark the completion of a former Austinite’s cinematic trilogy that explores failure — rather than triumph — on the modern American frontier. Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s 2015 drug-war drama “Sicario” looked at violence along the U.S...
‘Detroit’ is an uncomfortable but compelling look at real-life horrors
 “Detroit” is excruciating. And it’s outrageously good filmmaking, shining a light on a crucial period in our nation’s history: the African-American rioting of 1967 that tore Motown apart. Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal approach the larger issues surrounding racial injustice by zeroing in on one...

4:00 PM Wednesday, Aug. 02, 2017

“Detroit” is excruciating. And it’s outrageously good filmmaking, shining a light on a crucial period in our nation’s history: the African-American rioting of 1967 that tore Motown apart. Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal approach the larger issues surrounding racial injustice by zeroing in on one...
‘Paris Can Wait’ a love letter to life’s simple pleasures
 It’s unusual for a quiet, mature movie to open as the summer blockbuster season gets under way. But “Paris Can Wait,” written and directed by Eleanor Coppola (“Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse”), might be a welcome respite for older moviegoers — and even discerning younger ones. Diane...

5:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 01, 2017

It’s unusual for a quiet, mature movie to open as the summer blockbuster season gets under way. But “Paris Can Wait,” written and directed by Eleanor Coppola (“Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse”), might be a welcome respite for older moviegoers — and even discerning younger ones. Diane...