• Tyler Ross, Allison Torem, and Molly Kunz in The Wise Kids

Throughout December, Ben Sachs and I will take turns writing about our ten favorite films that had their Chicago premieres this year.

In a recent interview with Ben Sachs (to be posted later today), writer-director Stephen Cone remarked, “Chicago and London have the best actors in the world.” This reminds me that, while the local filmmaker has been much praised for his third feature, The Wise Kids, a good deal of the credit belongs to his exceptionally talented cast of local players.