Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: DC Comics’ Blue Beetle Leans Into Representation, But Sticks to the Same Old Super Hero Origin Story

For good reason, it’s been drilled in our collective heads for years now that representation is an important and wonderful thing. And the new DC superhero movie, Blue Beetle, is […]

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Film, Film & TV, Interview

Interview: Chicagoan Jake Johnson on Making Ride the Eagle During the Pandemic, Without Making it Feel Like the Pandemic

Ride the Eagle

One of my favorite Chicagoans is actor, writer and overall truly nice guy Jake Johnson, who I first met in 2009 with the release of the indie hit Paper Heart, […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Ride the Eagle Sends Jake Johnson on a Quest to Get to Know His Mother and Himself Better

Ride the Eagle

After seeing so many movies lately that were made pre-pandemic (as well as a handful quite obviously made during), it was genuinely refreshing to see a film about a character […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: At a Family Gathering Full of Drama, Emotion in Blackbird Sometimes Falls Short

Blackbird

When we first meet Lily (Susan Sarandon), it’s during a long and seemingly painful exercise of getting up and out of bed, getting dressed, and making it down the stairs […]

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Film, Film & TV, Film fest

Dispatch: Early Hits, Misses and Mehs at Toronto Film Festival

Pain and Glory

In just its first few days, the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival has presented dozens of films to thousands of eager audiences. Some (the movies, that is) have arrived to […]

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