Despite refusing to tip a few scales in the favor of those attempting to rob the rich to feed themselves, Violent Night still manages to conjure its own holiday miracle—the desire for a sequel in a market glutted with them.
Kartemquin Films continues to grow
About the decision to hire Amir George, Gordon Quinn explains, “We really wanted someone we felt was going to help transform us into what the next iteration of Kartemquin would be.”
It’s worth catching up with Giselle and crew one last time, even if the madness of the Big Apple is swapped for the bake sales of suburbia.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Del Toro saddles up with stop-motion animation legend Mark Gustafson to present some of the year’s most stunning visuals but also goes a step further by adding some weighty thoughts on war, death, and family to the beloved Carlo Collodi fairy tale.
Bad Animal captures Chicago’s glimmering indie music scene
Bad Animal feels like the natural progression for their fledgling production company [Emulsion Lab], marrying the indie music locus that inspired their start with the drive for creating projects that rival the scale of their DIY counterparts.
Bones and All
Despite its preponderance of blood and guts and sinew-slathering, bone-smacking gore, Bones and All isn’t exactly a movie about cannibalism.
In Her Hands
It isn’t a conventional biography by any means.
Elegance Bratton’s autobiographical story The Inspection is one of learning to accept love on one’s own terms.
The Last Manhunt
With The Last Manhunt, the epic story of Willie Boy the Desert Runner reclaims the narrative of a Native hero long portrayed by white men as a bloodthirsty child kidnapper.
The People We Hate at the Wedding
The People We Hate at the Wedding, based on the book of the same name, tells the story of a blended family whose lack of communication leads to a whole big mess on the eldest daughter’s wedding day.
How Alinea’s tabletop desserts helped craft The Menu
Will Tracy and Seth Reiss[‘s] time in Chicago helped inspire their view of fine dining, and several experiences they had in and around Chicago are actually reflected in The Menu.
The People Issue’s class of 2022 showcases folks from many walks of life. As subjects, their common thread is an incessant need to create welcoming spaces for other individuals like them, enact change, further their craft, do good, and in one instance, amplify the representation of stoner lesbians in graphic novels. Read profiles of 21 people by and as told to 15 Chicago Reader writers.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
A thoughtful and mature exploration of communal grief in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Chadwick Boseman.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
The film’s playful parody of the genre is delightfully in tune with the legendary musician’s own work.