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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Finding Fela!

Finding Fela!

| September 13, 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 premiere at the Music Box Theatre on Chicago’s North Side on September 12. Finding Fela! is Emmy Award-winning Alex Gibney’s documentary, and it details Fela’s […]

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Take Me to the River

Take Me to the River

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a documentary where British musician Robert Plant pays homage to the influence of Memphis Blues on the British playlist, unlikely folks are paired together to highlight the city’s great contribution to the musical lexicon, not only of the United States but the world over. Take Me to the River won an audience award at […]

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Words and Pictures

Words and Pictures

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Words and Pictures is a delightful movie starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche as two teachers at a private school in the outskirts of New York City, whose lesson in getting along becomes a bit tangled with their efforts to dislike one another. Owen plays Jack Marcus and Binoche plays Dina Delsanto, who is a […]

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Elaine Bowen’s Old School Adventures from Englewood–South Side of Chicago

Elaine Bowen’s Old School Adventures from Englewood–South Side of Chicago

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

FilmMonthly contributor Elaine Hegwood Bowen has written her first book called Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago. The book is a retrospective about her parents coming to Chicago from Shaw, Mississippi, in the early 1950s and then buying a home in Chicago in the Englewood community in 1959. Elaine was prompted to write […]

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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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