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18th Annual European Union Film Festival

18th Annual European Union Film Festival

There’s more than European cinema than French and Italian! This month marks the beginning of the 18th annual European Union Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center which began its run March 6th and runs through April 2nd. The festival gives movie lovers the opportunity to experience international films from countries they normally wouldn’t […]

Film Review: Mortdecai – Not the High Point of Johnny Depp’s Career

There is a golden rule in acting when performing comedy. Never act funny. Don’t let the audience know you are in on the joke. You play your role seriously, as a believable character, just as you would any other role.  As you watch “Mortdecai” (2015), directed by David Koepp, and see Johnny Depp on-screen, you quickly […]

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Silent Film Society of Chicago

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Silent Film Society of Chicago

Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Rudolph Valentino and Lillian Gish. For today’s younger movie fans those names may not mean much, but during the silent film era they were among the most popular names in the movies and at the peak of their careers were adored by millions of fans Their work can still be appreciated today […]

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Film Review: Jodorowsky’s Dune

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Film Review: Jodorowsky’s Dune

What if. It is a favorite question we all like to ask ourselves. Movie lovers have a lot of “what ifs” too. What if we could see Jerry Lewis’ “The Day the Clown Cried” (1972) or what if we could see Erich von Stroheim’s original “Greed” (1924) or Orson Welles’ original cut of “The Magnificent […]

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Film Review: Nymphomaniac Vol. 1

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Film Review: Nymphomaniac Vol. 1

Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier has released another controversial film, “Nymphomaniac” (2014). The film has been divided into two parts or volumes. Volume one has been released this weekend. Once upon a time Lars von Trier was a filmmaker I respected a great deal. He rattled me. He makes bold, daring films which challenge the […]

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Film Review: Le Weekend

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Film Review: Le Weekend

Sadly while everyone will go see “Divergent”(2014) this weekend, Roger Michell, of “Notting Hill” (1999) and“Morning Glory” (2010) fame, released his latest film “Le Weekend” (2014) which will get lost in the shuffle. A shame. It is one of the year’s best films. “Le Weekend” is a charming British comedy/drama starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff […]

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Film Review: Divergent

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Film Review: Divergent

The setting is Chicago, sometime in the distant future. There has been a great war, which has nearly destroyed civilization as we know it. In order to rebuild itself the world is now divided into five factions. Those factions are Abnegation, who represent the selfless, they govern this new world. Next there is Dauntless, they […]

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