Sheila Roberts

Sheila Roberts is an entertainment journalist and film critic who lives in Los Angeles where she interviews leading film and television industry figures and writes about film for a variety of print and online publications including MoviesOnline, Collider, MovieScopeMag, Cineplex and UCLA Magazine. She is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and holds an MA in Cinema & Media Studies and an MFA in the Producers Program.


Articles by Sheila Roberts


DOLORES — Review by Sheila Roberts

dolores posterPeter Bratt’s tightly paced, vibrant documentary profiles tireless labor activist Dolores Huerta who never doubted her calling and how it gave meaning to her life. Huerta played a pivotal role in the founding of the United Farm Workers Union alongside Cesar Chavez. As a key grassroots organizer and union strategist with serious lobbying and negotiating skills, she found herself at the intersection of a social revolution in the ‘60s and ‘70s that encompassed racial and labor justice, the environment, feminism and gender equality. Continue reading…

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Oscars 2017: Poise Under Pressure — Sheila Roberts comments (Exclusive)

oscar logoEtched indelibly in my mind about the Oscars this year is how graciously the presenters and the filmmakers from “La La Land” and “Moonlight” handled the confusion that ensued on stage after the wrong Best Picture was announced. Noteworthy was the leadership of “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz who took charge and stepped in to clarify what had gone wrong, even when it meant acknowledging his own loss. It was done with a lot of class, dignity, and poise under pressure. Read more on AWARDS INTELLIGENCER

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Pawel Pawlikowski Talks IDA – Sheila Roberts Interviews

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British filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski discusses his inspiration for making Ida, delving into the appeal of the 1960’s era, the film’s distinct visual style, his decision to shoot in black and white, and the casting of Agata Trzebuchowska and Agata Kulesza as the two strong female leads — and his return to Poland. Read more>>.

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John Turturro Talks FADING GIGOLO – Sheila Roberts Interviews

In an exclusive interview, Turturro talks about teaming up creatively with Allen in Fading Gigolo‘s lead roles, finding the right supporting cast, the decision to shoot on film rather than digitally, setting the comedic action in the Hasidic community, basing the look of the film on Saul Leiter photographs, and complementing the story with music by jazz great Gene Ammons and New Orleans’ Trumbone Shorty and songs performed by Dalida and Paradis. He also discusses his upcoming projects including Exodus: Gods and Kings, God’s Pocket, Mia Madre, a short for the Rio, I Love You anthology, and a Big Lebowski spin-off. Read more>>

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Top Ten 2012 – Sheila Roberts

1 Lincoln

2 Zero Dark Thirty

3 Moonrise Kingdom

4 Django Unchained

5 Skyfall

6 Amour

7 The Master

8 Life of Pi

9 ParaNorman

10 Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Julie Delpy talks 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK — Sheila Roberts interviews

In an exclusive interview, the multi-talented writer/director/actress discusses how romance, cultural misunderstanding, life in a bustling metropolis and her love of comedies by Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Ernst Lubitsh and Cary Grant inspired her latest film and why she feels she’s in a good place in her life now and hopes to direct more. Read more>>

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Marjane Satrapi talks CHICKEN WITH PLUMS – Sheila Roberts interviews

In an exclusive interview, Oscar-nominated director and acclaimed graphic artist Marjane Satrapi discusses adapting her graphic novel, “Chicken with Plums,” to the big screen and directing her first live-action feature inspired by the second volume in a trilogy that began with “Persepolis.” Read more>>

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Directors Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris Talk RUBY SPARKS – Sheila Roberts interviews

The married directing duo discuss RUBY SPARKS, their long-awaited follow-up to their runaway hit, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Read more>>

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Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu Talk ELEMENTARY – Sheila Roberts interviews

Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu discuss their new television series, ELEMENTARY, intelligent writing, and taking risks. Read more>>

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Oliver Stone Talks SAVAGES – Sheila Roberts interviews

Three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone returns to the screen with the ferocious thriller Savages, based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel. The film tells the tale of two Laguna Beach entrepreneurs who run a lucrative, homegrown industry raising some of the best marijuana ever developed until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in. Read more>>

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Salma Hayek & Blake Lively Talk SAVAGES – Sheila Roberts interviews

Salma Hayek and Blake Lively reveal how their characters evolved from book to screen, what the directing process was like with Oliver Stone, how they each faced off with Benicio del Toro’s character, and why so many big moments in the film were not on the page. Read more>>

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Benh Zeitlin, Quvenzhané Wallis & Dwight Henry Talk BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD – Sheila Roberts interviews

Shooting on location in the coastal parishes of Louisiana, director Benh Zeitlin casts local non-actors in the lead roles of Beasts of the Southern Wild, a spellbinding adventure set just past the known edges of the American Bayou, in a forgotten but defiant community known as The Bathtub. Read more>>

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Jonathan Demme Talks NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS – Sheila Roberts interviews

Academy Award winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme embarks on a road trip with Neil Young in his 1956 Crown Victoria as he drives from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall to perform the last two nights of his solo world tour. Read more>>

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Virginia Madsen & Morgan Freeman Talk THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE – Sheila Roberts interviews

The actors discuss their new Rob Reiner comedy-drama, The Magic of Belle Isle, about a man who’s given up on life and a woman and her three daughters who renew his will to live when he becomes their next door neighbor during one summer in a small upstate New York lakeside town. Read more>>

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Writer/Director/Star Maiwenn Talks POLISSE – Sheila Roberts interviews

Maiwenn tackles difficult subject matter in her powerful new film, POLISSE. Inspired by real-life cases, the sharply written and well acted crime drama provides an incisive look at the Parisian Police Child Protection Unit whose routine work day is anything but routine. Maiwenn wrote, directed and stars in the film. Read more>>

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Designer Colleen Atwood on SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, Johnny Depp in THE THIN MAN – Sheila Roberts interviews

Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland) applied her wisdom, vision and craftsmanship to the creation of the characters in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, a film in which wardrobe is an essential part of the symbolism that’s crucial to the story. Read more>>

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