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!

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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter tells the inspiring and largely unknown story of Martha Hill, a visionary whose life was defined by her love for dance, and who successfully fought against great odds to establish modern dance as a legitimate art form in America. In a career spanning most of the 20th century, Martha Hill […]

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Middle of Nowhere

Middle of Nowhere

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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The Identical

The Identical

| January 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Selma

Selma

| January 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Common, Ledisi, Oprah, David Oyelowo, Wendell Pierce, Lorraine Toussaint, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Martin Sheen, Dylan Baker, Tessa Thompson, Niecy Nash, Nigel Thatch, Corey Reynolds, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Colman Domingo, Trai Byers, Tara Ochs and Andre Holland. All these actors and more—whether popularly known by one name or another—comprise […]

Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation

Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation

| December 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the most iconic structures ever conceived, Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia is a unique and unfinished architectural project designed by the controversial architect Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. Stefan Haupt’s new documentary Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation celebrates the genius of Gaudi’s vision while exploring the continuing work of the thousands of […]

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I Am Yours

I Am Yours

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

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

Coming Home

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Manhattan Romance

Manhattan Romance

| November 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Manhattan Romance is a film about a filmmaker who is making a film about couples, in the middle of New York, even though he doesn’t have love of his own. Sounds a bit like a Woody Allen joint, but it isn’t. Danny, played by Tom O’Brien, who is also a real-life writer and director, plays […]

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Finding Fela!

Finding Fela!

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

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, […]

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