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

‘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...

Posted: 12 days ago

“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...

Posted: 18 days ago

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...

Posted: 19 days ago

“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...
It took more than Coppola name to get ‘Paris Can Wait’ in theaters
 Eleanor Coppola was telling a friend about her adventures with a Frenchman as she and he traveled from Cannes to Paris eight years ago. She described the frequent stops. She talked about the flirty driver, who was a business associate of her husband, Francis Ford Coppola, director of “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now.&rdquo...

5:00 AM Wednesday, May. 31, 2017

Eleanor Coppola was telling a friend about her adventures with a Frenchman as she and he traveled from Cannes to Paris eight years ago. She described the frequent stops. She talked about the flirty driver, who was a business associate of her husband, Francis Ford Coppola, director of “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now.&rdquo...
Cannes in transition: French festival celebrates 70 years amid changes
 Even though the Cannes Film Festival turned 70 this year, it seems to be wondering what its future holds. Should it continue to add TV shows to its lineup, as it did this year with David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” and Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake: China Girl”? Should it allow movies such as “Okja,&rdquo...

10:23 PM Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

Even though the Cannes Film Festival turned 70 this year, it seems to be wondering what its future holds. Should it continue to add TV shows to its lineup, as it did this year with David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” and Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake: China Girl”? Should it allow movies such as “Okja,&rdquo...
VR experience at Cannes puts you with migrants crossing border
 Europeans get a daily dose of news these days about refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere washing up on their shores and crossing borders, seeking safety from the carnage back home. And the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in France is tackling the issue in a various ways, from British actress/director Vanessa Redgrave&rsquo...

4:39 PM Monday, May. 22, 2017

Europeans get a daily dose of news these days about refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere washing up on their shores and crossing borders, seeking safety from the carnage back home. And the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in France is tackling the issue in a various ways, from British actress/director Vanessa Redgrave&rsquo...
The stars will shine brightly in France for 70th anniversary of Cannes
 The annual celebration of high-art aesthetics, Hollywood glamour and commercial vulgarism resumes May 17 with the kickoff of the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. And since it’s the 70th anniversary, the organizers have made sure we have plenty to debate, anticipate and snicker about. Cannes always has its snickering moments...

5:00 AM Saturday, May. 13, 2017

The annual celebration of high-art aesthetics, Hollywood glamour and commercial vulgarism resumes May 17 with the kickoff of the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. And since it’s the 70th anniversary, the organizers have made sure we have plenty to debate, anticipate and snicker about. Cannes always has its snickering moments...
Stars will shine brightly in France for 70th anniversary of Cannes
 The annual celebration of high-art aesthetics, Hollywood glamour and commercial vulgarism resumes this week with the kickoff of the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. And since it’s the 70th anniversary, organizers have made sure we have plenty to debate, anticipate and snicker about. It’s too early to predict the year&rsquo...

6:04 PM Friday, May. 12, 2017

The annual celebration of high-art aesthetics, Hollywood glamour and commercial vulgarism resumes this week with the kickoff of the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. And since it’s the 70th anniversary, organizers have made sure we have plenty to debate, anticipate and snicker about. It’s too early to predict the year&rsquo...
TV version of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ promises a wild ride
 “American Gods,” the TV series based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 best-selling novel of the same name, begins airing on Starz on April 30. The first episode of the highly anticipated series, starring Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday and Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, premiered at South by Southwest in March, and it is shockingly good...

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017

“American Gods,” the TV series based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 best-selling novel of the same name, begins airing on Starz on April 30. The first episode of the highly anticipated series, starring Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday and Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, premiered at South by Southwest in March, and it is shockingly good...
Can Anne Hathaway save the world? It’s ‘Colossal’!
 Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo has defied expectations again with “Colossal,” his new sci-fi tale starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. It’s hard to explain that opening sentence without giving away some key plot information, but let’s just say that this is one of the most unusual, imaginative tales to come...

4:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017

Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo has defied expectations again with “Colossal,” his new sci-fi tale starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. It’s hard to explain that opening sentence without giving away some key plot information, but let’s just say that this is one of the most unusual, imaginative tales to come...