A smuggler dumps duffle bags full of cocaine into a forest before plunging to his death, and a 150-pound bear gets into the drug packets and dies. Great plot for a comedy, right?
Review: Of an Age
Of An Age opens with a sequence worthy of entry into The Cinema of Stress library (think Uncut Gems or Dog Day Afternoon), but in 1999 and with a gay bildungsroman.
On the one hand, Emily does not do justice to the fiery, iconoclastic genius behind Wuthering Heights, but on the other hand, its pleasures deserve acknowledgment.
Review: Children of the Corn
In Kurt Wimmer’s new reboot, a demon in the corn once again possesses the children of a rural town.
Review: Creed III
In his directorial debut, Michael B. Jordan brings a surprisingly heartfelt though formulaic addition to the Rocky franchise. Creed III is the seventh installment in the beloved boxing film series but the third to follow Adonis “Donny” Creed (Michael B. Jordan). Those who know the original Rockys or have seen Ryan Coogler’s excellent 2015 spin-off […]
Harold Dennis’s diamonds are in his own backyard
Every year, countless local actors move to LA to pursue a career onscreen. But what about the ones who stay? What does it mean to be a working actor in Chicago?
Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra has spent his career untangling and reframing historical and literary figures as avenues to think about history, power, and the human condition. He created a minimalist, slow-cinema take on Don Quixote with 2006’s Honour of the Knights, invoked Casanova and Dracula in 2013’s Story of My Death, and looked to 18th […]
Whether a hijinks film successfully works out its kinks or not, it will always contain a fun mystery game with unscrupulous characters—and that is where Sharper occasionally finds its magic. Four stories unfold in a monotone, cloudy New York, beginning with Tom (Justice Smith), a cozy sweater-wearing, nervous bookshop owner. He meets Sandra (Briana Middleton), […]
Review: Knock at the Cabin
Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan seems to envision the world as something of a high-concept riddle that can only be solved through a process of trial and error that often leaves many dead (or, at the very least, terrorized) in its wake. This film may be the purest incarnation of his sensibility, with three protagonists—a married […]
Review: Full Time
Julie, a single mother of two played by Laure Calamy, lives in the Parisian suburbs but works tirelessly as the head housemaid for a five-star hotel located in the heart of Paris. Her daily routine begins by waking up the children and gathering herself for a lengthy, claustrophobic commute. Once she drops the children off […]
Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be a blockbuster due to its amazing cast, outstanding special effects, and family-friendly fare replete with enough funny lines and cameos to keep people entertained. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is back, riding his fame after saving the world with the Avengers in Avengers: Endgame (2019). But when his daughter […]
Review: All That Breathes
“Delhi is a gaping wound,” says Mohammad Saud in director Shaunak Sen’s Oscar-nominated documentary All That Breathes. The documentary opens at night, fixed on a horde of rats racing across an otherwise arid wasteland. For longer than expected, Sen leaves the audience with the vermin before introducing the skies, narrowing in on the black kite—a […]
Chicago gets its first Alamo Drafthouse
The vibes are immaculate, joked one of my friends as we walked into the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Wrigleyville, which opened a few weeks ago.
Sundance: risk-free in 2023
This year’s Sundance Film Festival was a quieter affair.
FIRSTHAND: Life After Prison illuminates the challenges of reentry for five Chicagoans
FIRSTHAND: Life After Prison offers audiences an intimate, compassionate look into the experiences of people attempting to restart their lives after incarceration.