“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.
Open your eyes to Science on Screen
The limitations of human perception and human existence, and the longing to extend both, are at the center of the Block Museum’s latest exhibit, “The Heart’s Knowledge: Science and Empathy in the Art of Dario Robleto.”
Run to the Annual Festival of Films from Iran
In Amir Naderi’s The Runner, there’s a recurring motif where the young protagonist sprints toward the cargo ships he sees in the water and the planes that fly overhead the Iranian port city of Abadan, where he lives.
Review: Magic Mike’s Last Dance
Splitting the difference between the tightly structured drama of the original and the looser, feel-good energy of the sequel, Magic Mike’s Last Dance continues to embody the series’ central thesis that a lap dance has the power to change lives.
The Music Box cancels Actors, but the discourse continues
The Music Box Theatre found itself at the center of controversy in the local LGBTQ+ film space when it planned a February 2 screening of Actors by Betsey Brown.
Review: 80 for Brady
Not even a (criminally underproduced) Billy Porter musical number can fix this nonsense.
Inspired by Niobe Way’s nonfiction book Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection, this moving 2022 French drama from Lukas Dhont unfolds as a familiar tale of tragedy, guilt, and forgiveness.
Review: One Fine Morning
This movie is about everyday life, and it’s all the more transcendent for it.
Review: Unicorn Wars
The wilfully mean-spirited desecration feels at points like wallowing in unpleasantness for its own sake. But the film has a larger point than adolescent snickering.
Review: You People
The film is much more interested in social embarrassment cringe and gags than it is in any sort of close examination of how racism affects interracial couples.
Review: The Seven Faces of Jane
For the most part, despite its adventurous structure, The Seven Faces of Jane shows us features we’ve seen before.
Stereotype and cliche remain alive and well on the big screen.