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Apt Pupil

Bryan Singer’s intentions in this deeply misguided film, his second feature, may have been good. Adapted from a short story by Stephen King, this tells the tale of an overachieving high schooler named Todd (Brad Renfro) who becomes fascinated with the Holocaust and then discovers a former Nazi camp guard named Arthur Denker (Ian McKellen) […]

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Chicago International Film Festival

Friday, October 10 Private Confessions Private Confessions was scripted by the retired Ingmar Bergman, who seems to delight in having other filmmakers expand on his parents’ private lives. Pernilla August and Samuel Froler reprise the roles of Anna and Henrik Bergman they played in Bille August’s 1989 The Best Intentions, with Bergman standby Max von […]

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29th Chicago International Film Festival: The Week’s Worth

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 Rudy A worthy addition to the “faith, grit, and hard work conquers all” genre that includes Rocky and Hoosiers (which was directed by David Anspaugh and written by Angelo Pizzo, the same team that created Rudy). This is a surprisingly involving, deceptively straightforward story of an average–maybe less-than-average–guy who dreams of going […]