• Stephen Cone, right, on the set of The Wise Kids

There’s a reason I didn’t write on In Memoriam and The Wise Kids, both of which screened in Chicago this year: the writer-director of both movies, Stephen Cone, is a friend. I’ve known Stephen for a while now, and he’s one of my favorite people in the city with whom to talk movies. It’s not because his tastes often overlap with my own; it’s because he’s an adventurous moviegoer and he never hesitates to buy the first round at the bar.