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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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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Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream

Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream is a documentary about a homeowner who is just fed up with the system. The system to which I refer is the home loan modification system that only works, it seems, to put homeowners further in debt and eventually in a foreclosure state. Caught in the wake of […]

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Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yet another documentary about the late Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, is a comprehensive look at the late mega-star, which will premiere on Cable station HBO on October 27. Directed by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown features rare and never-before-seen […]

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Evolution of a Criminal

Evolution of a Criminal

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Evolution of a Criminal, which is a documentary about 16-year-old Darius Clark Monroe’s brush with the law in a way that is so astonishing and flabbergasting, is a film that sort of stays with you. This powerful and award-winning film opens in New York on October 10; Los Angeles on October 17; and other U.S. […]

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