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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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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Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

| July 24, 2016

He was a pioneer of tell-it-like-it-is radio and television, and now his outsized life story is told with rare footage and interviews. Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene tells the story of a man who has been described as the “user of forbidden words.” Greene was a radio and TV personality like no […]

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Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle

| June 17, 2016

Eddie the Eagle, which stars Taron Egerton alongside Academy Award® Nominee Hugh Jackman, is a high-flying, feel-good story inspired by true events. Egerton plays Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself–even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic […]

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Stand Down Soldier

Stand Down Soldier

| June 16, 2016

The African Diaspora International Film Festival Chicago 2016 recently featured a rich selection of films directed by women from different parts of the world. Leading the selection was Jeryl Prescott Sales’ Stand Down Soldier, a poignant film about an African-American female soldier back to civilian life after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The social significance […]

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Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records

Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records

| May 1, 2016

After the release of his extremely influential 1991 film Deep Blues, a look at Mississippi blues culture, which was funded by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and involved a collaboration with legendary music writer Robert Palmer, acclaimed music filmmaker Robert Mugge received a phone call. The caller was Bruce Iglauer, founder and president of Alligator Records, the Chicago-based record […]

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2016 Tribeca Film Festival presents Mother (Ema)

2016 Tribeca Film Festival presents Mother (Ema)

| April 14, 2016

Mother (Ema) by Kadri Kõusaar is a darkly comic, crime mystery set in small-town Estonia, and it centers on Elsa, the full time caretaker of her comatose son, Lauri, and the locals, who are abuzz with rumors about who shot Lauri and why. But in this tight-knit town, where everyone seems to know everyone and everything […]

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Matilda the Musical touring Chicago’s Oriental Theatre

Matilda the Musical touring Chicago’s Oriental Theatre

| April 2, 2016

Currently running at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life.  Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Matilda the Musical is based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, and Chicago actress […]

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Born to be Blue

Born to be Blue

| March 31, 2016

I was cheering for jazz man and singer Chet Baker, as portrayed by Ethan Hawke in the new film Born to be Blue. Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly re-imagined with wit, verve and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous […]

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