It is dispiriting to watch such talented people try to animate this turgid blueprint.
Afire is an imbroglio, a vapid exercise, as Christian Petzold abandons clarity in favor of character-driven complexities.
The Deepest Breath rivals Free Solo as one of the most anxiety-inducing extreme sports documentaries ever.
Greta Gerwig serves up a frothy confection of fashion and fun coupled with searing social critique of the iconic doll in the movie Barbie.
It’s a film about the creation of something not before seen and the consequences this entails.
“A String of Pearls: The Films of Camille Billops & James Hatch” is a complete retrospective of their film work, the first-ever in Chicago.
Talk to Me is a by-the-numbers genre horror exercise which could as easily have found a home at Blumhouse. It’s elevated, though, by its attention to building sympathetic characters and by its remarkably ruthless willingness to tear those same characters apart.
In Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, Tom Cruise is back with the seventh installment of a series that somehow manages to increase the stakes yet again. The narrative of the film is relatively simple: Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is tasked with capturing a key that allows the control of a sentient AI system […]
When West Germany began to invite guest workers from Turkey to fill the lower echelon positions in the country’s growing economy in 1955, the newcomers brought along their own music to remind them of the home they left behind. Seamlessly blending archival footage with talking heads and pithy informational intertitles, director Cem Kaya tells the […]
After two prequels, the fifth film in the Insidious franchise picks up nine years after the events of Chapter 2, with now-18-year-old Dalton (Ty Simpkins) heading off to college and still in the dark (ha) about the truth of his childhood coma (he and dad Josh had their memories wiped under hypnosis). Josh (Patrick Wilson) […]
In the fall of 1990, the Madrid-based realist painter Antonio López García set himself the seemingly humble task of painting the quince tree in his yard that he’d planted four years before. Known for his exacting fidelity in depicting the seen world, he uses a plumb line, puts posts in the ground to make sure […]
With a projector, a screen, chairs, and drinks, Whiner Beer Co.’s garden will turn into a moviegoing oasis for south-side filmmakers.
Film and television production in Chicago still lacks the resources, glamour, and consistency of opportunity found on the coasts—but you can’t build Chicago’s community and authenticity in a Hollywood hangar.
Overall, The League is well worth watching if you’re an avid fan of sports and history.
The Out-Laws just wants you to like it. And by the end, I, at least, found myself doing just that.