Outside of the setting and the age of the competitors, Disney’s latest live-action work, Queen of Katwe, is structured using many of the same beats as the most of their recent sports […]
Allow me to draw your attention to the directing credits on the new animated film Storks. The first name belongs to live-action feature veteran Nicholas Stoller (who also wrote the movie), who […]
Let’s just get this out of the way off the bat: there is no better version of this story than the original, original version—Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece Seven Samurai. Six years later, […]
The second longest-running film festival of its kind, Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival presents nearly 40 features and numerous shorts from around the world during its 2016 edition. Featuring primarily […]
Snowden, Blair Witch, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, Author: The JT LeRoy Story, London Road
SNOWDEN Even if the story presented in Snowden were 100 percent fiction, it would still be a fascinating tale to watch unfold. As directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, Snowden is one […]
SULLY When you cast Tom Hanks as the lead in your movie, it’s almost a shortcut to telling the audience who you’re meant to side with in a film in which his […]
The Light Between Oceans, Morgan, The 9th Life of Louis Drax, The Hollars, Little Men, Mia Madre, Yoga Hosers, Miss Sharon Jones!
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS The long-delayed new film from Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine) is actually two films—the first is about falling in love, the second concerns testing […]
Hands of Stone; Don’t Breathe; Southside with You; Morris From America; Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World; A Tale of Love and Darkness
HANDS OF STONE From almost the minute it begins, you can tell something is off about the Roberto Duran biopic Hands of Stone. Rather than having faith in the Panamanian fighter’s intriguing […]
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS The fourth dazzling feature from the gifted and resourceful animators at Laika (following the largely stop-motion works Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls) is about a little boy […]
PETE’S DRAGON Bearing little resemblance—visually or plot-wise—to the 1977 Disney original, this new and vastly improved version of Pete’s Dragon is a heartfelt testament to friendship and family, with peripheral lessons about […]
Suicide Squad, Indignation, Gleason, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, Roseanne for President!
SUICIDE SQUAD You know those people who feel the need to tell everyone that they’re “weird” or have a twisted sense of humor or are a geek from way back? These three […]
JASON BOURNE Remember when you believed that Matt Damon’s long-awaited return to author Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne character was going to be one of the saving graces of the 2016 summer movie […]