Author Archive: Elaine Hegwood Bowen

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!

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Chicago Symphony Center premieres It’s a Wonderful Life with live orchestra

Chicago Symphony Center premieres It’s a Wonderful Life with live orchestra

| December 7, 2016

Chicago Symphony Center celebrates the 2016 holiday season with myriad musical programs offering audiences of all ages and tastes a chance to share unique, family-friendly events and treasured traditions continuing through December 23.   Returning favorites include acclaimed vocal groups Chanticleer and the Vienna Boys Choir performing seasonal favorites, as well as the Chicago Symphony […]

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24th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival

24th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival

| November 24, 2016

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is back for its 24th edition from November 25 to December 11, with a total of 66 films from 30 countries including 34 US and New York premieres. Screenings will be held in three venues in Manhattan: Teachers College, Columbia University, Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas and MIST Harlem. Non-fiction films cover […]

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The Land

The Land

| November 22, 2016

Executive producer Nasir “Nas” Jones  presents this vivid inner-city saga set amidst Cleveland’s hip-hop underground. Teenage buddies Cisco (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), Junior (Moises Arias), Boobie (Ezri Walker), and Patty Cake (Rafi Gavron) shrug off school to practice skateboarding, which they hope will be their ticket to a better life. In the meantime, they steal cars […]

Keep In Touch

Keep In Touch

| November 10, 2016

From Wilmette, Illinois, native writer-director Sam Kretchmar, Keep in Touch stars Ryan Patrick Bachand  as Colin and singer-songwriter Gabbi McPhee as Jessie in an intimate portrait of a relationship based on deceit.   Kretchmar’s debut film premiered at the Chicago International Movies and Music Fest, where he took home the award for Best Narrative Feature.  Keep in […]

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Off The Rails

Off The Rails

| November 1, 2016

I just wish the public transportation authority in New York City would just give Darius McCollum a job already–if only it were that easy. He knows the system inside and out, because as a child someone took him under his wings and showed him all there was to know about the city’s bus and rail […]

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Mr. Church

Mr. Church

| October 11, 2016

Eddie Murphy, who reportedly hasn’t been in movies lately because he hadn’t been offered any roles, is great in Mr. Church. Murphy plays a cook for a woman named Marie, played by Natascha McElhone, who has been told she has six months to live but survives her cancer for about six years after that. When […]

52nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival

52nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival

| October 11, 2016

The 52nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival runs from October 13th through October 27th, with scheduled appearances by veteran actor Danny Glover and Empire star Taraji P. Henson. Glover stars in 93 Days, a drama that chronicles the impressive effort to contain the spread of Ebola across Nigeria’s most populated city. Henson will be interviewed in advance of the release of Hidden Figures, the story of three African-American women […]

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The Automatic Hate

The Automatic Hate

| September 15, 2016

Slow-burning serio-comedy The Automatic Hate follows a potent attraction between two cousins from feuding families that climaxes in what one critic called “the most explosively uncomfortable dinner party scene ever.” Joseph Cross, as Davis Green, (Lincoln, Milk) and Adelaide Clemens, as Alexis Green, (The Great Gatsby, Rectify) give stellar performances as the sympathetic Davis and the […]

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2016 Portland Film Festival

2016 Portland Film Festival

| August 26, 2016

The 2016 Portland Film Festival will screen 54 narrative and documentary feature films and 89 short films selected from over 3,800+ submissions. The fourth annual Portland Film Festival will take place August 29 – September 5, 2016, at Portland’s iconic Laurelhurst Theater, and will include over 20 educational panels & forums, 12 archival presentations and many […]

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The Infiltrator

The Infiltrator

| July 25, 2016

Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle fame plays Robert Mazur in a film that highlights the inner workings of undercover government agents as they track the activity of drug kingpins, but more specifically the money laundering end of the drug dealings. The Infiltrator is based on a book written by Mazur, […]

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