Film, Film & TV, Review

Dispatch: Siskel Film Center’s Chicago European Union Film Festival: Spotlight on Belgium

After more than 25 years of March featuring the upcoming slate of films released from the nations of the European Union as part of their Chicago European Union Film Festival […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: A Young Woman Navigates Estranged Family, a New Relationship and Emotional Volatility in Silver Haze

The latest from filmmaker Sacha Polak, Silver Haze, re-teams her with her Dirty God star, Vicky Knight, who plays Franky, a 23-year-old nurse living at home in East London with […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Adam Sandler Journeys to Jupiter in Spaceman, a Sci-Fi Drama with Relationship Issues

Like many of you out there, I love a good sad astronaut movie in the vein of Solaris (either version), Moon, and Ad Astra. So I was admittedly intrigued when […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: In the Rousing, Sweeping Dune: Part Two, a World Becomes Real and a Young Man Confronts His Fate With Ferocity

As is often the case with origin stories, there’s a great deal of world building and character establishment that has to play out before we can even get to the […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Wartime Documentary Kiss the Future Centers Artists in Sarajevo Alongside U2

For the last couple of weeks, members of the band U2 and others connected to the documentary Kiss the Future (including producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck) have been doing […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Italy’s Harrowing Io Capitano Earns Its Place Among This Year’s International Feature Oscar Nominees

Although it’s one of this year’s five Oscar-nominated Best International Feature Films, Italy’s Io Capitano is the last of the five to finally be released in theaters stateside, and now […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Hilary Swank Elevates Ordinary Angels From Hallmark Fare to Something of a Sweet, True Story

Based on a true story (I’m guessing with more than a few embellishments), Ordinary Angels is the story of Sharon Steves (Hilary Swank), an alcoholic hairdresser living in small-town Kentucky, […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: In Drive-Away Dolls, Ethan Coen Maps a Road Movie with Plenty of Sex and Laughs Along the Way

At least for now, the Coen Brothers as a filmmaking unit, are no more. Three years ago, Joel Coen adapted Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, and now brother Ethan counters […]

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Film, Film & TV, Music

Review: Chicago Philharmonic’s Soundtrack Live Heightens the Drama of 1982 Blade Runner

One of the coolest things I have had the pleasure of doing is watching classic movies with the soundtrack played live by the Chicago Philharmonic. The live music is much […]

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Oscar-Nominated Live Action and Animated Short Films Offer Somber Themes and Accomplished Filmmaking

Of the countless short films that are made in any given year, it’s always a bit of a mystery how the select few find their way to the film industry’s […]

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Review: The Taste of Things Is a Soft, Sumptuous Celebration of French Culinary Culture

The Taste of Things is, by all accounts, a film tailor-made for me—and maybe you, too. A French period romance centered on the country’s rich culinary history starring the great […]

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Film & TV, Review, Television

Recap: True Detective (S4, Ep2) — Mystery and Character Drama Start to Wear Thin in Second Episode

True Detective’s conflicts like to play out in the background. The best seasons of True Detective are the ones that give us all the pieces right out the gate and let said pieces melt into its rich settings.

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