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 Vivian Maier Mystery

The Vivian Maier Mystery

| December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Vivian Maier Mystery is a fascinating documentary that uncovers the life of Vivian Maier, a nanny working in New York and Chicago who, unbeknownst to many, had a secret passion for photography. When she died in 2009 at age 83, she left behind thousands of photographs and an incredible body of work that now […]

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After the Factory

After the Factory

| December 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

After the Factory is an eye-opening documentary that examines the diametrically different cultures of Detroit, Michigan, and Lodz, Poland, two former industrial towns suffering from the same fate of unemployment and population decline. Interviewing citizens, policy-makers and entrepreneurs, After the Factory reveals how these fallen giants might be the innovators writing the new rulebook for cities […]

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Ill Manors

Ill Manors

| November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ill Manors is a unique and explosive crime thriller that follows six people over the course of seven days as they fight to make a name for themselves on the unforgiving streets of London. The characters struggle to survive the circles of violence that engulf each of them: ex-dealer Kirby, who has just been released […]

Treme: The Complete Third Season

Treme: The Complete Third Season

| November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

The third season of Treme ends with many questions that make for an interesting fourth and final season. I love this HBO series that is centered in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. All the main players during the third season seem to be right in reach of their dreams, turning new leaves and with eyes bright […]

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Web

Web

| November 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Web is a documentary that shows the impact of the Web and its effect, good or bad, on civilization. A major part of the documentary shows the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program that seeks to provide $100 laptops for school children in the remote areas of the world who, along with their parents and […]

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 […]