Browsing all articles from October, 2013.

Legendary Horror Master Dario Argento’s Dark Fantasies Fuel Five Decades of Classic Chillers, Including New Dracula 3D

Legendary Horror Master Dario Argento’s Dark Fantasies Fuel Five Decades of Classic Chillers, Including New Dracula 3D 

It would be impossible to overstate the impact legendary filmmaker Dario Argento has had on the horror genre with landmark shockers including 1970’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, 1975’s Profundo Rosso (Deep Red) and 1978’s Suspiria, as well as a revered canon of nightmares that includes scores of lusciously lensed, operatic thrillers like Phenomena, […]

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49th CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL UPDATE, MONDAY, OCTOBER 21

49th CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL UPDATE, MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 

  The 49th Chicago International Film Festival heads into its final week with a lineup that includes a number of high-profile Hollywood movies as well as some notable independent and international offerings.  Winding through two weekends and 14 days, this year’s event saw 180 pictures from the world over—and shows no signs of slowing down […]

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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave 

  * * * * It’s certain that some will find Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, the incredible true story of a free African American musician from New York kidnapped and sold into slavery in the south circa 1841, too unflinching in its depiction of barbarism. But know this about 12 Years a Slave—it […]

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49th Chicago International Film Festival UPDATE, Saturday, October 12

49th Chicago International Film Festival UPDATE, Saturday, October 12 

The 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival is officially underway with a packed schedule filling houses at AMC’s River East 21 this weekend. Friday night’s highlight was a tribute to George Tillman, Jr., a Chicago native and Columbia College alum who found industry success directing Soul Food and Men of Honor, as well as producing […]

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49th Chicago International Film Festival UPDATE: Friday, October 11

49th Chicago International Film Festival UPDATE: Friday, October 11 

The 49th Chicago International Film Festival kicked off last night with a gala celebration at the Chicago Theatre, featuring Bill Kurtis hosting and Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza and Chaz Ebert sharing stories about Roger Ebert’s commitment to the world of film, and his many years with the festival. Filmmaker James Gray, whose […]

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Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips 

* * * * Paul Greengrass’ tension epic Captain Philips is a slick and satisfying movie treatment of the 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship off the coast of Africa, and the subsequent kidnapping of its titular commander at the hands of four, small-time Somali opportunists who quickly found themselves in a lose-lose quagmire […]

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49th Chicago International Film Festival Opening Night Dedicated to Roger Ebert

49th Chicago International Film Festival Opening Night Dedicated to Roger Ebert 

The 49th Chicago International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, October 10th, with a an opening night gala to be held at the Chicago Theatre and with a special dedication to Roger Ebert. The event is scheduled to include a short video tribute to Roger, who considered the festival “an adornment to our city,” and […]

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All in the Family: Filmmaker Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are Charts Innocence Lost, Dark Secrets

All in the Family: Filmmaker Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are Charts Innocence Lost, Dark Secrets 

Filmmaker Jim Mickle (Stake Land) wasn’t a fan of horror remakes, but something resonated in the 2010 Mexican cannibalism thriller Somos Lo Que Hay, the story of some gruesome family traditions and the ties (of blood) that bind. With co-writer Nick Damici, Mickle refashioned the story into the new film We Are What We Are […]

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Gravity

Gravity 

  * * * * We so often indulge in hyperbole about movies that when one comes along that truly merits such, simply saying it’s extraordinary doesn’t seem enough. But that’s the case with Alfonso Cuarón’s magnificent Gravity, a simple yet profound meditation on survival starring Sandra Bullock as an inexperienced astronaut cast into deep […]

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