Ebert Presents... The Cell (2000)
The Off-the-Wall Film Series returns with a selection cult films that have passed the critical muster of Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, who has curated this summer of must-see cinema exclusively for the Kansas City Public Library.
Operating under the banner Ebert Presents Cult Films from the Balcony, the series kicks off with The Cell, described by Ebert as “wildly ambitious and technically superb.” Jennifer Lopez stars as a psychotherapist who enters the mind of a serial killer via virtual reality technology in order to rescue his latest victim. With Vincent D’Onofrio and Vince Vaughn. Rated R. (107 min.)
All films are screened on the Rooftop Terrace; screenings begin at sundown (no earlier than 8:45 p.m.). In case of inclement weather, screenings will be moved indoors.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is free and free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore. See the link above to RSVP.
Click here for Ebert's full review of The Cell.
Roger Ebert is executive producer for Ebert Presents at the Movies, which airs locally on KCPT. The annual Webby Awards named him its Person of the Year in 2010 for making the Internet "a more thoughtful, engaging, and self-aware environment." In 1975, he became the first film critic to earn a Pulitzer Prize for criticism and began an association with fellow critic Gene Siskel on the TV program Siskel & Ebert. He is the author of several books on film, including: Awake in the Dark, Scorsese by Ebert, Your Movie Sucks, and three volumes of Great Movies. The 2011 Off-the-Wall Film Series selections are derived from films featured as part of Ebertfest, an annual film celebration hosted in Champagne, Illinois, since 1998.
The Off-the-Wall Film Series continues Ebert Presents Cult Films from the Balcony on the third Friday of every month through September. The schedule includes: Dark City (1998) on June 17, Ripley’s Game (2002) on July 15, Blood & Wine (1996) on August 19, and Synecdoche, New York (2008) on September 16. All films are rated R.