Author Archive: Elaine Hegwood Bowen

Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!

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The Auction

The Auction

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Auction is yet another nice movie from Film Movement that shows the despair of a father who is trying to look out for his two daughters, even though he seems to have been long estranged from them. He and his wife have been divorced for decades and one daughter, on her rare visit to […]

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The Trip to Bountiful

The Trip to Bountiful

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Trip to Bountiful is a delightful movie that stars Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts who is the matriarch of a family that has moved from a small town in Texas to Houston. She was born and raised in Bountiful, and she is dead set on returning there again before she passes away. But there […]

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Shout! Factory announces special presentation of James Brown

Shout! Factory announces special presentation of James Brown

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Shout! Factory’s critically acclaimed 3-disc DVD set I Got The Feelin’ – James Brown In The ‘60s will be available for viewing in its entirety, for free, on the James Brown YouTube channel, and on Pluto.TV’s James Brown channel (Ch. 117), from August 1-10. With the new James Brown biopic Get On Up in theaters August 1, Shout! Factory will be […]

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Wet Behind the Ears

Wet Behind the Ears

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wet Behind the Ears is a coming of age comedy from Cinema Libre Studio about recent college graduate/millennial Samantha who is having a hard time finding a real job. Best friends Samantha and Victoria have recently graduated and are ready to move to the big city. When Victoria lands the perfect job and Samantha finds […]

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Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cesar Chavez is the gripping biopic about the most important Hispanic activist in American history, which boasts an all-star cast that includes Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and Academy Award®nominee John Malkovich. This film brings to life the inspirational story of the man who moved millions to join the fight for social justice. Directed […]

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Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power is a documentary that captures the famous Senate hearings around the sexual harassment claims that attorney Anita Hill made against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in the early 1990’s. The documentary out now on DVD begins with a phone call that was placed by Thomas’ wife years later, asking […]

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Day Late and a Dollar Short is a good family film that not only shows family at its strength, led by the mother Whoopi Goldberg, but it also shows all the dysfunction, such as sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and prescription drug addiction, that could be experienced in any regular run-of-the-mill family. But in this […]

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Spanish Lake

Spanish Lake

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new documentary called Spanish Lake that will premiere at select theaters throughout the country on July 10 looks at the white flight that has transpired in the town of Spanish Lake in the northeastern part of Saint Louis, Missouri, within the last couple of decades. The exodus of white families who had been living […]

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The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

| July 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

The theme running through the new movie The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that apes don’t kill apes and that humans are not family because they kill one another. The last movie left viewers wondering as a virus called the Simian Flu hit the country, one that was spurred by an Alzheimer’s treatment […]

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2 Autumns, 3 Winters

2 Autumns, 3 Winters

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

 2 Autumns, 3 Winters is a quirky romantic comedy that celebrates both life’s most significant and simplest moments to winning effect. “Writer/director Sébastien Betbeder’s film has all the hallmarks of a traditional, heartfelt romantic comedy!” says FilmSchoolRejects.com. The film, a Cannes Film Festival selection and critically praised selection at Rendezvous with French Cinema earlier this year, […]

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