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The (11) Best Movies of 2014

The (11) Best Movies of 2014 

2014 wasn’t what you might call a great year in film, though it was a respectable one of solid enough pictures, if only a few truly inspired much passion. And while most of the below won’t be taking home Academy Awards in February, my list of the 11 best movies this year largely avoided finding […]

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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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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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The Ten Best Movies of 2013 (and the rest)

The Ten Best Movies of 2013 (and the rest) 

     It’s a good problem to have when your first cut of the top ten movies of the year comes in at about thirty.  In 2013, the field was so dense and competition so intense, with one seemingly terrific film after another opening well throughout the second half of the year, that finding the ten […]

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12 Years a Slave Leads 2013 Chicago Film Critics Awards Nominations

12 Years a Slave Leads 2013 Chicago Film Critics Awards Nominations 

“12 Years A Slave,” Steve McQueen’s harrowing adaptation of the memoir of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War era Deep South, clearly made an impact among members of the Chicago Film Critics Association. The highly acclaimed drama led all contenders for the group’s annual awards with […]

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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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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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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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