Archive for February, 2010

The Eclipse

The Eclipse

| February 27, 2010

Writer/director Conor McPherson’s The Eclipse is a beautiful and sweet story about a man still struggling through the loss of his wife and the life-changing events which occur during an international literary festival in his hometown of Cork, Ireland. Michael Farr (Ciarán Hinds – Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Munich) is a gentle and […]

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Bloodworth

Bloodworth

| February 27, 2010

Boasting an outstanding cast featuring Dwight Yoakam, Val Kilmer, Kris Kristofferson, and Hillary Duff, this small-town Tennessee family drama evokes the spirit of A Love Song for Bobby Long. Kristofferson plays the derelict E.F. Bloodworth who returns to the broken family he estranged. Warren (Kilmer) is the most reckless, successful, and notorious of the Bloodworth […]

You the Living

You the Living

| February 27, 2010

Roy Andersson directs a myriad of vignettes observing everyday life in Sweden. Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival, You the Living, plays like moving paintings featuring sublimely banal characters washed in a gray overcast skies and colorless interiors. Andersson portrays an overweight Swedish white trash woman who sits in a park and bursts into song […]

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Harold Ramis Invites Chicagoans To Meet The Oscars

Harold Ramis Invites Chicagoans To Meet The Oscars

| February 26, 2010

For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invite Chicagoans to the “Meet the Oscars, Chicago” exhibit, presented by Kodak at The Shops at North Bridge on Michigan Avenue. From February 25th through Oscar night (March 7th), movie buffs will have the opportunity to see historic Oscars both […]

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Live From Abbey Road, Premiering On Sundance on Feb. 26

Live From Abbey Road, Premiering On Sundance on Feb. 26

| February 26, 2010

David Bianculli of The New York Daily News said, “If you love music, you’ll love this Sundance Channel show.” He’s right. Sundance’s original series “Live From Abbey Road” is for people who love music, love all music, and just like to be entertained and sit back and listen to art. For those people, season three […]

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Shutterbug

Shutterbug

| February 25, 2010

Inspired in part by Dante’s Inferno “Shutterbug” introduces us to a successful photographer who no longer finds meaning in his work and urgently searches for something real. The film takes the universal themes of emptiness and lack of purpose and frames them in a very specific and unique setting and circumstance—a New York City Odyssey. […]

The Informant!

The Informant!

| February 24, 2010

While part of the subtle humor of The Informant! lies in the the stupidity of this high-powered executive who turns informant for the FBI, much of the humor for me was in his constant observations. While this is based on a true story, I just wonder if the humor was embellished, or if Mark Whitacre […]

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Turn the Beat Around, Premiering On MTV Feb. 26

Turn the Beat Around, Premiering On MTV Feb. 26

| February 24, 2010

Chicago deejay Steve Dahl may have blown up disco back in 1979 at Comiskey Park, but it’s still alive and out there. MTV’s new movie Turn the Beat Around breathes some new life into it at the same time as making it retro. The movie revolves around a young dancer, Zoe (Romina D’Ugo), who is […]

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The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

| February 21, 2010

Secret agent Richard Hannay battles German spies on the eve of World War I in a riveting and romantic new version of the classic thriller by John Buchan, made famous in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 movie starring Robert Donat and Madeline Carroll. Just returned to England on the eve of World War I, Richard Hannay’s (Rupert […]

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The Box

The Box

| February 21, 2010

Perhaps most well-known for the cult hit Donnie Darko, director Richard Kelly delivers a sci-fi thriller with several unusual twists in The Box. Set in 1976, when the world was looking to the skies for UFO’s and leery of men in black suits and dark sedans with tinted windows, we open on a quiet, upscale […]