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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Ethan Hawke takes a spiritual journey in ‘First Reformed’
 The new Paul Schrader movie, “First Reformed,” plays like a summation of a career — a distillation of the themes that have dominated the work of the screenwriter/director since the 1970s. It’s deeply spiritual, but in a Schrader kind of way, just like his earlier movies, “Taxi Driver,” “American Gigolo&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

The new Paul Schrader movie, “First Reformed,” plays like a summation of a career — a distillation of the themes that have dominated the work of the screenwriter/director since the 1970s. It’s deeply spiritual, but in a Schrader kind of way, just like his earlier movies, “Taxi Driver,” “American Gigolo&rdquo...
Tracing the arc of a soul with Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke
 Director and screenwriter Paul Schrader, 71, is having another big moment in his long career. The writer of “Taxi Driver” and the director of “Affliction” has a new movie, “First Reformed,” starring Ethan Hawke. And his 1972 book, “Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer,” is being...

Posted: 5 days ago

Director and screenwriter Paul Schrader, 71, is having another big moment in his long career. The writer of “Taxi Driver” and the director of “Affliction” has a new movie, “First Reformed,” starring Ethan Hawke. And his 1972 book, “Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer,” is being...
‘Final Portrait’ a look at the frustrations of creating art
 Let’s say you’re going to make a movie about the celebrated 20th century artist Alberto Giacometti, and you’re going to set the film in his Parisian studio, while he’s painting the portrait of a young man who’s not only an admirer but also his future biographer (the well-bred, upper-class writer James Lord posed...

5:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

Let’s say you’re going to make a movie about the celebrated 20th century artist Alberto Giacometti, and you’re going to set the film in his Parisian studio, while he’s painting the portrait of a young man who’s not only an admirer but also his future biographer (the well-bred, upper-class writer James Lord posed...
‘Lean on Pete’ shows why Charlie Plummer is destined to be a star
 At first, “Lean on Pete” seems like it’s going to be a traditional tale about a teenage boy who bonds with a horse and learns significant lessons. That’s part of the new movie starring Charlie Plummer and directed by Andrew Haigh. But “Lean on Pete” is about traumas that no teen should ever have to face...

5:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

At first, “Lean on Pete” seems like it’s going to be a traditional tale about a teenage boy who bonds with a horse and learns significant lessons. That’s part of the new movie starring Charlie Plummer and directed by Andrew Haigh. But “Lean on Pete” is about traumas that no teen should ever have to face...
Actor Armie Hammer says he wants to make art, not blockbusters
 Armie Hammer, who has been getting the best reviews of his up-and-down career for his role in “Call Me by Your Name,” thinks he has finally found “what I want to do” as an actor. “The year 2017 was a turnaround for me,” he says during a recent visit to Austin for the South by Southwest premiere of his latest...

5:00 AM Monday, Apr. 16, 2018

Armie Hammer, who has been getting the best reviews of his up-and-down career for his role in “Call Me by Your Name,” thinks he has finally found “what I want to do” as an actor. “The year 2017 was a turnaround for me,” he says during a recent visit to Austin for the South by Southwest premiere of his latest...
Austin author traces complicated legacy of Texas movie ‘Giant’
 Don Graham, the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of English at the University of Texas, is probably the pre-eminent critic of Texas culture, and it’s hard to imagine anyone better to tackle a book about one of the biggest – and best – movies ever made about the state: “Giant.” In his new book, Graham starts in...

5:00 AM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

Don Graham, the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of English at the University of Texas, is probably the pre-eminent critic of Texas culture, and it’s hard to imagine anyone better to tackle a book about one of the biggest – and best – movies ever made about the state: “Giant.” In his new book, Graham starts in...
‘Stalin’ director talks dark history, absurd comedy and today’s politics
 Armando Inannucci is probably best known in the United States as the creator of the HBO hit series “Veep.” That’s going to change when his new movie “The Death of Stalin” starts rolling out on screens across America. It’s one of the darkest, most absurd political comedies imaginable. And it seems like a...

5:50 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Armando Inannucci is probably best known in the United States as the creator of the HBO hit series “Veep.” That’s going to change when his new movie “The Death of Stalin” starts rolling out on screens across America. It’s one of the darkest, most absurd political comedies imaginable. And it seems like a...
A darkly comic take on ‘The Death of Stalin’
 “The Death of Stalin” opens with an absurd situation. An orchestra has played a concerto for radio broadcast, and Joseph Stalin calls up shortly after the finale and says he wants a recording of the performance. There was no recording, however. So the orchestra manager and the minions scramble to do an encore performance for recording...

5:40 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

“The Death of Stalin” opens with an absurd situation. An orchestra has played a concerto for radio broadcast, and Joseph Stalin calls up shortly after the finale and says he wants a recording of the performance. There was no recording, however. So the orchestra manager and the minions scramble to do an encore performance for recording...
Ethan Hawke takes a spiritual journey in ‘First Reformed’
 The new Paul Schrader movie, “First Reformed,” plays like a summation of a career – a distillation of the themes that have
            dominated the work of the screenwriter/director since the 1970s. “First Reformed.” It’s deeply spiritual, but in a Schrader kind of way, just like his earlier movies, &ldquo...

2:16 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

The new Paul Schrader movie, “First Reformed,” plays like a summation of a career – a distillation of the themes that have dominated the work of the screenwriter/director since the 1970s. “First Reformed.” It’s deeply spiritual, but in a Schrader kind of way, just like his earlier movies, &ldquo...
In ‘Jinn,’ a young, black Muslim woman finds her spirit amid cultural restraints
 Young, black Muslim-Americans are not often featured in American cinema, so writer/director Nijla Mu’min’s directorial debut,
            “Jinn,” is a welcome change. It’s in the narrative feature competition at South by Southwest, where it made its premiere Sunday. “Jinn.” Mu’min, who&rsquo...

2:15 PM Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018

Young, black Muslim-Americans are not often featured in American cinema, so writer/director Nijla Mu’min’s directorial debut, “Jinn,” is a welcome change. It’s in the narrative feature competition at South by Southwest, where it made its premiere Sunday. “Jinn.” Mu’min, who&rsquo...
‘Weed the People’ makes powerful, poignant case for medical marijuana
 “Weed the People,” a new documentary that premiered at South by Southwest on Sunday, looks at the healing properties of cannabis
            and its anti-cancer properties – and at how everyday people are making all sorts of efforts to get it to help themselves or
            their children. “Weed the People.&rdquo...

2:00 PM Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018

“Weed the People,” a new documentary that premiered at South by Southwest on Sunday, looks at the healing properties of cannabis and its anti-cancer properties – and at how everyday people are making all sorts of efforts to get it to help themselves or their children. “Weed the People.&rdquo...