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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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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Homegoings

Homegoings

| July 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Homegoings is a great documentary about an undertaker in Harlem, New York, named Isaiah Owens. The documentary is now being aired on Public Broadcasting Service’s POV (Point of View) program via streaming. Owens says that he always knew that he had a calling to be an undertaker. Even as a young boy, he played funerals […]

Laurence Anyways

Laurence Anyways

| June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

The third feature from acclaimed French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan, who has been hailed by the New York Times as “wildly talented,” stars Melvil Poupaud (Broken English, A Christmas Tale) and Suzanne Clément (The Long Winter, I Killed My Mother) as Laurence and Frédérique, a couple whose commitment to each other is challenged when Laurence reveals […]

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A Little Closer

A Little Closer

| June 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

In this stunning debut feature, A Little Closer plays out in the vein of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Single mom Sheryl works as a house cleaner during the day to make ends (barely) meet and at night looks for love at a dead-end community dance hall. Her younger son Stephen, played by Eric Baskerville, flirts heavily […]

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The Happy Poet

The Happy Poet

| June 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Happy Poet is an all-organic, mostly vegetarian comedy about Bill, a struggling poet who pours his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting a healthy food stand, surprising friends and customers with his dry wit and offbeat passion. Motivated by help from a rag-tag group of supporters and a budding romance with a […]

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The Stroller Strategy

The Stroller Strategy

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Stroller Strategy is a story of a couple who meet at a party and after the ups and downs that come with normal “couple” business, they end up again meeting at a party to start the beginning of the rest of their relationship, if that makes sense. French heartthrob Raphaël Personnaz plays Parisian Thomas […]

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Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship

Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship is a story of two men who were complete strangers but who share a common denominator—one man’s wife was sleeping with the other man. After many lies and the truth finally unfolding, Bert discovers that his wife, Linda, is having an affair with Arnie. Arnie probably doesn’t realize that […]

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From the Head

From the Head

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Breaking Glass Picture’s new release is a movie called From the Head, which examines the life of a men’s room attendant named Shoes. It’s New York City in 1995, and Shoes works in a strip joint that is always busy with men from all walks of life trying to forget their troubles with booze and broads. […]

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Aliyah

Aliyah

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the new film from Film Movement, there’s Isaac the older brother and Alex the younger brother. The younger brother deals drugs but can’t seem to get ahead, because the older brother is just so messed up that he’s always needing money to get out of one financial bind after another. Such is the life […]

Touch

Touch

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

In America, 75% of all the nail salons are owned and operated by Vietnamese. For his directorial debut, Minh Duc Nguyen, a first-generation Vietnamese immigrant and a graduate of the University of Southern California’s prestigious Cinematic Arts program, chose this humble backdrop for a film about the power of human touch, with memorable performances by […]