Film Festivals

‘Ghostlight’ Review: Two Households Both Aim for Dignity in Cathartic Shakespearean Dramedy | Chicago Critics Film Festival

One of the best moments of Ghostlight actually occurs during the end credits. Looking at the cast list, one thing… Read More

May 14, 2024

‘Good One’ Review: India Donaldson’s Feature Debut is a Profound and Big-Hearted Triumph | Chicago Critics Film Festival

It’s a risky prospect to give a movie a title that could also be used to critically assess it. Some… Read More

May 10, 2024

‘Dandelion’ Review: KiKi Layne is Electric in Wilted Story of a Musician’s Journey | Chicago Critics Film Festival

Most actors count themselves lucky to land a leading role. In the case of Dandelion, the new film from writer-director… Read More

May 7, 2024

‘Oddity’ Review: Damian Mc Carthy’s Mannequin Horror is Anything But Wooden | Chicago Critics Film Festival

Films that rely on jump scares are a controversial topic amongst horror fans. Some prefer them over the kinds of… Read More

May 7, 2024

‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’ Review: This Bird Barely Flies | LFF

The 2000 Aardman animated film Chicken Run is about as close to a perfect family film as you can get.… Read More

October 14, 2023

‘Cobweb’ Review: Song Kang-ho is Pitch-perfect in this Delirious Meta-Comedy | LFF

Writer-director Jim Jee-woon reteams with Parasite actor Song Kang-ho in this delirious, self-knowing satire on the filmmaking process. Cobweb asks… Read More

October 13, 2023

‘The Toxic Avenger’ (2023) Review: Peter Dinklage is Ready to Intoxicate You Now | Fantastic Fest

Another superhero film? Not quite. Lloyd Kaufman’s Troma entertainment brought us the unlikeliest hero, The Toxic Avenger (1984). Spanning multiple… Read More

September 25, 2023

‘Art and Pep’ review: A celebratory chronicle of LGBTQ+ bar culture and its importance

A visit to the bar at the center of Mercedes Kane’s new documentary Art and Pep reveals how far Chicago’s… Read More

November 16, 2022

‘January 6th’ review: A vital and undeniable exploration of the insurrection captured on camera [DOC NYC]

The date of January 6th has quickly taken on an immortal meaning, and its significance will only grow as the… Read More

November 12, 2022

‘Please Baby Please’ review: A stylized, liberated 1950’s underground fever dream that redefines traditional gender norms  | NewFest

Musicals from the 1950’s immediately conjure up vibrant images of guidos serenading girls in poodle skirts or elegant leading ladies… Read More

October 18, 2022

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