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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Human Capital

Human Capital

| April 17, 2015

The critically acclaimed Italian drama, released in the United States this past January, premieres On Demand April 17 in advance of its DVD release in July. Human Capital begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As the film progresses, details emerge […]

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A MIghty Nice Man

A MIghty Nice Man

| April 17, 2015

A Mighty Nice Man is a 12-minute short that is screening during the 14th Annual Tribeca Film Festival that runs until April 26 in New York City. Charlotte and her friend Emilie compete for the attention of a dashing, albeit significantly older stranger. The stranger tempts Charlotte away from her friend by offering her a […]

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If You Don’t, I Will

If You Don’t, I Will

| April 6, 2015

The newest film by acclaimed director Sophie Fillières and the latest observation on modern relationships starring frequent collaborators Mathieu Amalric (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel) sets Pomme (Devos) and Pierre (Amalric) against each other, even though they are a long-term couple and are desperately trying to be with one another. Although […]

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2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago

2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago

| March 18, 2015

The 2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF), presented by Transcendence Global Media, NFP, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special events, will showcase a captivating exploration of film in the areas of nonviolence, tolerance and social justice – with corresponding panels and filmmaker Q&As – at the Chicago Cultural Center’s […]

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African Diaspora International Film Festival celebrates Black History Month

African Diaspora International Film Festival celebrates Black History Month

| February 27, 2015

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is pleased to announce the Celebrating Black History Month film series at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York from February 27 to March 1, with an international spin that puts the notion of Black History month in the perspective of a quest to critically understand what the Black […]

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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

| January 26, 2015

Moms Mabley, billed as “The Funniest Woman in The World,” and one of the most successful African-American comedians of all time, brings her biting humor to the big screen in a starring role as “Amazing Grace.” Mabley is Grace Teasdale Grimes, a Baltimore, Maryland, widow who discovers that the local mayoral election is a front […]

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Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter

| January 24, 2015

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter tells the inspiring and largely unknown story of Martha Hill, a visionary whose life was defined by her love for dance, and who successfully fought against great odds to establish modern dance as a legitimate art form in America. In a career spanning most of the 20th century, Martha Hill […]

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Middle of Nowhere

Middle of Nowhere

| January 12, 2015

The movie Middle of Nowhere surprised me, because I had seen it around for a bit, but I had never watched it. I loved the premise of the movie, and I think I understand the title. This “soul-stirring drama” (The New York Times) follows Ruby, played by 2012 Gotham Independent Film Award winner for Breakthrough […]

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The Identical

The Identical

| January 11, 2015

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

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 […]