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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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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A Social Life

A Social Life

| March 16, 2016

If folks can pull themselves away from social media on a Sunday afternoon, then they should take out a little time to go to the Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 4th Ave., in New York City to see a short film called “A Social Life.” This is a “short film about a career driven woman who’s […]

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Second Coming

Second Coming

| February 11, 2016

Film Movement, the distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, has released Second Coming, the feature film debut of British playwright Debra Tucker Green, starring Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall as a modern-day London couple who find themselves in the middle of a miracle, on DVD, VOD and digital purchase and rental on February 9th.  […]

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Naz and Maalik

Naz and Maalik

| January 21, 2016

Naz and Maalik is the story of two young men, who are probably just entering their early years in college, who live in Brooklyn, New York, who are just trying to find their way through life. They both peddle lottery cards, incense and other items on the street to help support themselves. They both live […]

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Creed

Creed

| January 20, 2016

Creed is such a good movie, and the combination of director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan brings another collaboration from this pair that we witnessed in Fruitvale Station, the story of Oscar Grant, who was killed by police in San Francisco during the first days of the year 2009. Creed features Jordan, who plays Adonis […]