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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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

| October 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Any person with a pulse couldn’t stand to sit through more than two hours of a sweeping, intense, overwhelming, gripping movie such as 12 Years a Slave and not walk out the theater, simply angry and speechless, but at the same time needing to express what you just felt even days after feeling it. Chiwetel […]

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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Columbia College Chicago alum and director known for the movie Soul Food, George Tillman was honored at the 49th Chicago International Film Festival, just as his latest film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, was hitting local theaters. Another local Chicago “church girl made good” Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) plays a drug-addicted single mom prostitute in […]

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Berlin Job

Berlin Job

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

In Frank Harper’s Berlin Job, there are so many players that it takes a good while just to introduce them all. The film follows two infamous London gangsters, cousins Mickey Mannock and Ray Collishaw. They start out at the top of the food chain, but their world is slowly turned upside down. The two are […]

Trattoria

Trattoria

| September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Inspired by real chefs, this funny and heartwarming dramedy set in the exciting San Francisco culinary scene follows Sal Sartini, a workaholic chef intent on making his new restaurant a critical and commercial success. As Sal navigates his family and work life, his estranged son Vince returns for a visit and reluctantly agrees to help […]

The Rep

The Rep

| September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

A new documentary from FilmBuff The Rep follows the lives of three film geeks, Alex Woodside, Charlie Lawton and Nigel Agnew, as they struggle to open and operate a single-screen repertory cinema in Toronto called the Toronto Underground Cinema. The dedicated friends face an uphill battle to see their theater succeed in the face of […]

Thérèse

Thérèse

| August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

François Mauriac’s legendary 1927 novel of French provincial life has been gloriously brought to the screen by the inestimable Claude Miller in his final film Thérèse. Sumptuously photographed to capture the full beauty of the pine-forested Landes area in southwest France, Thérèse  is a beautifully conceived drama of exquisite taste. Marvelously played by the luminous […]

Sunset Stories

Sunset Stories

| August 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sunset Stories is a uniquely charming romantic-road-comedy-adventure tale about losing baggage. May, a high-strung nurse, is sent to Los Angeles to retrieve bone marrow for a transplant, but soon after arriving, her world is turned upside down when she runs into former flame, J.P. Upset and unnerved because of this surprise encounter, a distracted May loses […]

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Petunia

Petunia

| August 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Petunia is a dark comedy about an off-beat family of New Yorkers who must come to terms with their dysfunctional behavior and misgivings about life, relationships and love. The Petunia family is made up of Charlie (Tobias Segal), Adrian and Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and their meddling psychoanalyst parents (Christine Lahti and David Rasche). Michael and […]

Amelia’s 25th

Amelia’s 25th

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Director Martín Yernazian leads an all-star cast that includes Oscar nominee Jennifer Tilly (Bullets Over Broadway, Bound, Bride of Chucky), Danny Trejo (Machete, Desperado, Sons of Anarchy), Robert Rodriguez ( celebrated director of Machete, Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, Machete Kills) and Electra Avellan (Planet Terror, Machete Kills) as Amelia. Spanning the course of one day, this […]

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Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

| July 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

At first I wasn’t too excited about reviewing the new documentary out in theaters July 19—Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp. But when I realized that rock musician, author, actor, public speaker and director Ice-T was one of the executive producers, I decided to give it a shot. And the documentary, presented in a mixed […]

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