Author Archive: Elaine Hegwood Bowen
Elaine Hegwood Bowen 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!
Moms Mabley, billed as “The Funniest Woman in The World,” and one of the most successful African-American comedians of all time, brings her biting humor to the big screen in a starring role as “Amazing Grace.” Mabley is Grace Teasdale Grimes, a Baltimore, Maryland, widow who discovers that the local mayoral election is a front […]
The movie Middle of Nowhere surprised me, because I had seen it around for a bit, but I had never watched it. I loved the premise of the movie, and I think I understand the title. This “soul-stirring drama” (The New York Times) follows Ruby, played by 2012 Gotham Independent Film Award winner for Breakthrough […]
The Identical follows twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression named Drexel Hemsley and Ryan Wade (both portrayed by Blake Rayne). Drexel, raised by his birth parents, grows up to achieve rock-n-roll stardom 20 years later, and Ryan, adopted by a reverend and his wife, struggles to balance his love for music […]
I Am Yours is a film where the main female lead is looking for love in all the wrong places, not to overuse a tired phrase. The film marries two cultures as it follows young single mother Mina (Amrita Acharia) juggling 6-year-old Felix’s upbringing in Oslo and her troublesome relationship with her traditional Pakistani family […]
Coming Home is a great film that looks at what happens to someone who has served a lot of time in prison—whether for something that they didn’t do or for something for which they could easily be held accountable. Directed by New Yorker Viko Nikci, Coming Home will have its international premiere at DOC NYC […]
Renowned Dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones’ work in bringing the life and times of iconic Nigerian musician Fela Kuti to the Broadway stage is detailed in a documentary due to be screened again in local venues, most notably at the iRock Jazz Festival on November 7. Finding Fela! is Emmy Award-winning Alex Gibney’s documentary, […]