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Cannibals, vampires, and visions, oh my!

After 18 months of virtual programming, Facets reopened its doors in September to Chicagoans buzzing to see independent films on the big screen. But the return to in-person screenings is not the only thing different at Facets—the storied cinema house is trying something different this season with a series of “Alternative Horror” picks. Programmed by […]

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Julia Ducournau takes the wheel with Titane

It’s been five years since Julie Ducournau’s debut feature Raw made audience members at the Toronto International Film Festival allegedly pass out and throw up. Her highly-anticipated—and Palme d’Or winning—sophomore effort, Titane, continued the trend with reported walkouts from disgusted audience members at the Cannes Film Festival, and a reported faint at its TIFF premiere. […]

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Dementia 13

Dementia 13 remains undeniably thrilling almost 60 years after its original release. The independently made black and white horror-thriller film was written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Roger Corman before being released in 1963. This new director’s cut includes Coppola’s introduction and audio commentary and an amusing prologue called the Dementia […]

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I’m Your Man

Film has always been a fascinating medium to examine the intersection of love and technology. From more recent examples like Her and Ex Machina, to the various iterations of The Stepford Wives, and even as far back as Metropolis—there’s an intrinsic curiosity about humans and machines, and if they can ever coexist. Maria Schrader’s I’m […]

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Lady of the Manor

Lady of the Manor sees a great cast struggle under the weight of a sloppy script. Billed as a “supernaturally funny buddy comedy,” the movie follows slacker Hannah (Melanie Lynskey) as she stumbles into a tour guide job portraying Lady Wadsworth (Judy Greer), a Southern belle from the late 1800s. Greer appears in more than […]