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After the Storm

After the Storm

| March 17, 2017

The complexities of failure and one’s acceptance of it are compellingly examined in director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film After the Storm. The story follows Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a struggling novelist employed at a private detective agency in Tokyo. Ryota claims the job is temporary, and his only reason for taking the position is to conduct […]

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Don’t Kill It

Don’t Kill It

| March 3, 2017

Since the inception of the motion picture, the horror genre has been a major player in the industry. George Melies introduced his horror short House of the Devil in 1896. Over the last 111 years, every possible idea for horror seems to have been exhausted. The trick is how to breathe life into stories and […]

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Chicago Symphony Center premieres It’s a Wonderful Life with live orchestra

Chicago Symphony Center premieres It’s a Wonderful Life with live orchestra

| December 7, 2016

Chicago Symphony Center celebrates the 2016 holiday season with myriad musical programs offering audiences of all ages and tastes a chance to share unique, family-friendly events and treasured traditions continuing through December 23.   Returning favorites include acclaimed vocal groups Chanticleer and the Vienna Boys Choir performing seasonal favorites, as well as the Chicago Symphony […]

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Things to Come

Things to Come

| December 2, 2016

The often-fraught relationship between an individual and the passage of time is thoughtfully examined in Mia Hansen-Løve’s latest film Things to Come. The story follows Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) a philosophy teacher at a Paris high school who has built a career out of questioning some of the most profound and complex dilemmas of the human […]

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24th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival

24th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival

| November 24, 2016

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is back for its 24th edition from November 25 to December 11, with a total of 66 films from 30 countries including 34 US and New York premieres. Screenings will be held in three venues in Manhattan: Teachers College, Columbia University, Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas and MIST Harlem. Non-fiction films cover […]

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Keep In Touch

Keep In Touch

| November 10, 2016

From Wilmette, Illinois, native writer-director Sam Kretchmar, Keep in Touch stars Ryan Patrick Bachand  as Colin and singer-songwriter Gabbi McPhee as Jessie in an intimate portrait of a relationship based on deceit.   Kretchmar’s debut film premiered at the Chicago International Movies and Music Fest, where he took home the award for Best Narrative Feature.  Keep in […]

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Off The Rails

Off The Rails

| November 1, 2016

I just wish the public transportation authority in New York City would just give Darius McCollum a job already–if only it were that easy. He knows the system inside and out, because as a child someone took him under his wings and showed him all there was to know about the city’s bus and rail […]

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30th Anniversary Screening of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives w/ director Tommy McLoughlin in Chicago – Oct. 22

30th Anniversary Screening of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives w/ director Tommy McLoughlin in Chicago – Oct. 22

| October 18, 2016

Tommy McLoughlin directed one of the most enduring sequels in the history of horror films with Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. Not only did Tommy bring Jason Voorhees back to life after an untimely death in the 4th installment of the Friday series, but he helped re-invigorate the horror genre as a whole […]

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Mr. Church

Mr. Church

| October 11, 2016

Eddie Murphy, who reportedly hasn’t been in movies lately because he hadn’t been offered any roles, is great in Mr. Church. Murphy plays a cook for a woman named Marie, played by Natascha McElhone, who has been told she has six months to live but survives her cancer for about six years after that. When […]

52nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival

52nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival

| October 11, 2016

The 52nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival runs from October 13th through October 27th, with scheduled appearances by veteran actor Danny Glover and Empire star Taraji P. Henson. Glover stars in 93 Days, a drama that chronicles the impressive effort to contain the spread of Ebola across Nigeria’s most populated city. Henson will be interviewed in advance of the release of Hidden Figures, the story of three African-American women […]

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