Browsing all articles from October, 2014.

Birdman

Birdman 

* * * 1/2 Birdman, Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu’s audacious backstage redemption tale, is at once an incisive portrait of the artistic ego and a rage against the dying of the (spot)light, a personal movie about art as savior, second chances, aging, irrelevance and an indictment of a fickle industry that eats its own when they are […]

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Fury

Fury 

* * * 1/2 The aptly titled new war picture Fury, starring Brad Pitt as an American sergeant leading a band of GIs through Germany at the close of the World War II, is a machine of a movie that storms both the battlefields and the emotions.  Fashioned by writer-director David Ayer as visceral, gripping […]

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Kathleen Turner Honored at 50th Chicago International Film Festival

Kathleen Turner Honored at 50th Chicago International Film Festival 

  The great movie star Kathleen Turner was honored last night the Chicago International Film Festival during a brisk, ninety-minute tribute that featured scenes from her (many) memorable performances and a livewire Turner, who shared memorable anecdotes from her storied career onscreen, some of the most vividly acted portraits put on film in the 1980s. […]

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Oliver Stone attends 50th Chicago International Film Festival

Oliver Stone attends 50th Chicago International Film Festival 

The 50th Chicago International Film Festival continues this week after a rousing Sunday night visit from maverick filmmaker Oliver Stone, in town to present two very different yet seminal pictures, the controversial Natural Born Killers and his one-reviled, now better appreciated Alexander. Stone stopped by the red carpet to discuss revisiting Alexander on this fourth version […]

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The Disapperance of Eleanor Rigby: Her/Him

The Disapperance of Eleanor Rigby: Her/Him 

**  Her/Him ***1/2  Them Comprised of two distinct features and running 195 minutes, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her/Him is both too much and not enough.  Arriving a mere few weeks after the film’s initial release, a 122-minute version titled Them, the new cut is a sometimes lovely, mostly unwieldy thing, a well-acted, meandering and […]

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Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates 50th with Liv Ullmann, Colin Farrell

Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates 50th with Liv Ullmann, Colin Farrell 

The 50th Chicago Internal Film Festival kicked off its Opening Gala last night at The Harris Theater, with a star-studded red carpet affair followed by a screening of celebrated Norwegian legend Liv Ullmann’s new adaptation of August Stridberg’s Miss Julie. And while the festival’s half-century milestone was the story of the evening, another story was […]

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