Here’s a brief history of the last 40 years of the film industry in Chicago, reflections from IATSE organizers, and a look toward the future of work for people who are thinking of getting in on the action.
The result is an often frustrating, convoluted vérité-style documentary that conflates access with intimacy. Stans may be wooed by the promise of never-before-seen footage, but anyone unfamiliar with Jarad Higgins and his music will likely be lost.
What it dispenses in salaciousness fails to account for the lack of any meaningful undercurrent that might make the vulgarity interesting.
The film isn’t perfect by any means, but the new version rights many of the most egregious wrongs of the original.
The Power of the Dog, Campion’s newest film in 12 years, is among the year’s best.
Award-winning filmmaker and activist Therese Shechter’s new documentary is a gripping film that spotlights society’s expectations on women to produce children, and the horrifying limits women face in pursuit of bodily autonomy.
After last year’s postponed and virtual programming, the 2021 hybrid BHFF brings a wealth of new and underappreciated films.
The new dark comedy is ridiculously entertaining. It is also inarguably ridiculous.
I went into Eternals, Marvel’s latest offering, fully expecting Ethnic Foods Aisle Feeling. What I found instead was genuine, delightful character development nestled inside of a complex and challenging narrative.
Karen Dalton: In My Own Time masterfully brings a forgotten folk singer into the spotlight.
Michael Caplan’s new “sensorily saturated” documentary Algren works for long-time fans and new viewers alike.
On Thursday morning, Bobcat Goldthwait is driving to the Music Box Theatre for a test screening of his latest documentary. It’s a short drive for the comedian/writer/director who just recently moved to DuPage County and gave himself the nickname the “Daniel Craig of DuPage.” “I had to get out of [DuPage],” Goldthwait jokes. “The autograph […]
After 18 months of virtual programming, Facets reopened its doors in September to Chicagoans buzzing to see independent films on the big screen. But the return to in-person screenings is not the only thing different at Facets—the storied cinema house is trying something different this season with a series of “Alternative Horror” picks. Programmed by […]
Over the past year and a half, as the pandemic has dragged on and the sociopolitical landscape became ever more fraught, we’ve learned a lot about what life might be like going forward. This applies as much to moviegoing as anything else; it’s likely that masks, social distancing, and vaccination or testing requirements will become […]
A Great Lakes piping plover can be hard to spot. Walking up to the Montrose Beach Dunes Natural Area, you may initially confuse it for a killdeer—its taller cousin—or a spotted sandpiper. You may even need a pair of binoculars. But the piping plover’s light gray feathers, quick run, and distinctive “peep” will ultimately give […]