September 2022

Podtalk: FACETS Chicago Honors Chaz Ebert on Sept. 28, 2022

CHICAGO – Chaz Ebert carries on. The standard bearer for representing Chicago’s film world also continues her advocation for the community beyond film, since the passing of her husband Roger Ebert in 2013. Chaz will be honored by FACETS Chicago at their Screen Gems Benefit on September 28th, 2022.

On-Air Film Review: Bowie as Stardust in ‘Moonage Daydream’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on September 23rd, reviewing the new rock bio documentary “Moonage Daydream,” an overview of the life of David Bowie. In theaters now.

Bowie as Stardust! On-Air Film Review of ‘Moonage Daydream’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 5.0/5.0
Rating: 5.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on September 23rd, reviewing the new rock bio documentary “Moonage Daydream,” an overview of the life of David Bowie. In theaters now.

Via Zoom: Writer/Director Todd Flaherty’s “Chrissy Judy” at REELING40, Sept. 25, 2022

Chrissy Judy

CHICAGO – With drag in its spotlight, but relationships at its core, the comedy “Chrissy Judy” screens on the first weekend of Chicago’s iconic REELING40 LGBTQ+ International Film Festival on Sunday, September 23rd, 2022 (6:30p). Writer/director Todd Flaherty will appear on behalf of the film, click CHRISSY JUDY for info and tickets.

On-Air Film Review: The Never Known Marilyn Monroe in ‘Blonde’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on September 22th, 2022, reviewing “Blonde,” the latest biography film of Marilyn Monroe. In select theaters now, streaming on Netflix on September 28th.

Never Knew You at All! On-Air Film Review of ‘Blonde’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on September 22th, 2022, reviewing “Blonde,” the latest biography film of Marilyn Monroe. In select theaters now, streaming on Netflix on September 28th.

Via Zoom: Filmmaker Nicholas Eliopoulos on Colin Higgins Doc at REELING40, Sept. 24, 2022

Celebrating Laughter: The Life and Films of Colin Higgins

CHICAGO – Mention the name Colin Higgins and it might draw a blank. But mention the film “Harold and Maude” (1971) and any cinema room will light up with passion. Higgins took his Grad Thesis screenplay from his late 1960s USC days and created (with director Hal Ashby) a legitimate 1970s classic. This film, and many other fan favorites, are in the documentary The Life and Films of Colin Higgins” … directed by Nicholas Eliopoulos. Click COLIN for info and tickets.

Podtalk: Season 15 Asian Pop-Up Cinema Focus on South Korea, Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2022

Mother's Place, APUC Season 15

CHICAGO – South Korea takes the spotlight at the 15th Season Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) film fest, from September 24th through October 2nd, 2022. HollywoodChicago.com caught up with Sophia Wong Boccio … the Founder, Executive Director and Curator of APUC … for a preview of the South Korea Cinema Showcase and her launch of the new season so far. For more information, click SOUTH KOREA.

Film Review: Florence Pugh Captivates in ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

CHICAGO – A sure hand behind the camera and a dynamic performance from Florence Pugh help “Don’t Worry Darling” pull off an extremely difficult balancing act. This isn’t a perfect movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it inspires the kind of impressions and ideas that you will still be talking about a week later.

Dynamic Florence Pugh Captivates in ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – A sure hand behind the camera and a dynamic performance from Florence Pugh help “Don’t Worry Darling” pull off an extremely difficult balancing act. This isn’t a perfect movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it inspires the kind of impressions and ideas that you will still be talking about a week later.

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2022 With Ice Cube, Coolio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, PVRIS, The Academy Is... & More

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs

CHICAGO – HollywoodChicago.com photographer Adam Fendelman brings you front-row photos from Sunday, Sept. 18 at Riot Fest 2022 in Chicago with Ice Cube, Coolio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, PVRIS, The Academy Is…, Sleater-Kinney and more! Nine Inch Nails also headlined and Jimmy Eat World played as well.

Film News: Reeling40, Chicago’s International LBGTQ+ Film Fest, Opens on Sept. 22, 2022

CHICAGO – The 40th edition of the REELING International LBGTQ+ Film Festival kicks off on Thursday (9-22-22) with the film “The Shiny Shrimp Strike Back,” at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, followed by a legendary After Party. For info/tickets on both, click REELING40.

Podtalk: Mark Schilling, Japan Cinema World Expert, at Asian Pop-Up Cinema, Sept. 17-23, 2022

CHICAGO – It’s Japan’s turn at the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC), and the guest emcee is Mark Schilling, an American from Tokyo who in the 1980s began his journey as a world expert in Japanese cinema. For more info on this weekend, click JAPAN CINEMA.

On-Air Film Review: 'The Woman King' Wins the Battle

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on September 15th, 2022, reviewing “The Woman King,” about Woman Warriors in 19th Century Africa. In theaters on September 16th..

Winning the Battle! On-Air Film Review of ‘The Woman King’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on September 15th, 2022, reviewing “The Woman King,” about Woman Warriors in 19th Century Africa. In theaters on September 16th..

On-Air Film Review: It’s Smoochie Boochies for ‘Clerks III’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on September 15th, 2022, reviewing “Clerks III,” the third film in Kevin Smith’s New Jersey convenience story trilogy. Currently in theaters after opening on September 13th.

Snoochie Boochies! On-Air Film Review of ‘Clerks III’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on September 15th, 2022, reviewing “Clerks III,” the third film in Kevin Smith’s New Jersey convenience story trilogy. Currently in theaters after opening on September 13th.

Via Zoom: Jack C. Newell on ‘How (Not) to Build a School in Haiti’

CHICAGO – Putting together a documentary, especially as it involves a step-by-step process, can take a bit of time. Filmmaker Jack C. Newell has spent 10 years putting together “How (Not) to Build a School in Haiti.” The Premiere of the film is Friday, September 16th at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center. Click HAITI for info and tickets.

Podtalk: Mike Houlihan for Irish Movie Hooley, Sept. 16-25, 2022

Irish Movie Hooley 2022

CHICAGO – The 8th Annual Irish Movie Hooley … a Hooley is a rowdy party … will be a bit different this year. Moving from its familiar Loop location, the Hooley will screen at two historic suburban theaters on consecutive weekends.

4K Blu-ray Review: New Edition of ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture'

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio review of the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” the first film of one of the most successful film franchises in movie history, spun off from the original breakthrough sci-fi TV series of the 1960s. Beam me up.

Film News: Poster Unveiled for 58th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 12-23, 2022

2922 58th CIFF

CHICAGO – The 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) recently launched its 2022 promotional campaign with the release of its official poster, centered on the theme of “Life Subtitled.” The 58th edition will take place October 12-23, 2022, and Early Bird passes (through 9/16/22) are available by clicking 58th CI

Podtalk: ‘Trauma Clown’ John Michael is Back with ‘Meatball Seance’

CHICAGO – After a triumphant tour of Canada, the unforgettable Chicago monologist John Michael is back in the Windy City to perform his award-winning “Meatball Seance.” The internationally staged audience participation event will be in the Raven Room at the Redline VR on this Friday (9/16 at 9:30p). Click Meatball for tickets and details.

On-Air Film Review: No Strings Attached for ‘Pinocchio’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on September 8th, 2022, reviewing “Pinocchio,” the live-action remake of the 1940 animated classic, directed by Robert Zemeckis. It’s streaming on Disney+ beginning September 8th.

No Strings Attached! On-Air Film Review of ‘Pinocchio’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on September 8th, 2022, reviewing “Pinocchio,” the live-action remake of the 1940 animated classic, directed by Robert Zemeckis. It’s streaming on Disney+ beginning September 8th.

Film News: Asian Pop-Up Cinema SEASON 15 Begins Sept. 10, 2022

CHICAGO – Out of the gate for Fall film fest time is the milestone 15th Season of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC). This season is taking “the show on the road” with screenings around Chicagoland and their diverse communities. APUC opens on September 10th with the U.S. Premiere of “I Am What I Am” (From China, CLICK HERE).

Film News: Female Lead Mexican Wrestling Films Showcase at Chicago’s Music Box on Sept. 8, 2022

Bat-Woman, The

CHICAGO – Get out your Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling masks, a special film double feature is being presented by The National Museum of Mexican Art at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre. “The Bat-Woman” (1968) and “The Panther Women” (1967) have both had a 4K Restoration, score tickets and details by clicking FEMALE LUCHA LIBRE.

Film News: ‘The Class’ at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on Sept. 8, 2022

CHICAGO – “The Class,” a film with strong Chicagoland ties – both in the past and present – will have a one-night-only premiere at Chicago’s iconic Music Box Theatre on September 8th, 2022 (7pm). Select stars and production crew will attend, and all the deets are available by clicking THE CLASS.

Audio Film Review: The Bad Boy Looks Back in ‘McEnroe’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on “McEnroe,” a bio-documentary of the 1970s tennis great, with full participation of its introspective subject. It’s currently available on the Showtime Network or available to stream on the Showtime App.

Bad Boy Looks Back! Audio Film Review of ‘McEnroe’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on “McEnroe,” a bio-documentary of the 1970s tennis great, with full participation of its introspective subject. It’s currently available on the Showtime Network or available to stream on the Showtime App.

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  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio review of the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” the first film of one of the most successful film franchises in movie history, spun off from the original breakthrough sci-fi TV series of the 1960s. Beam me up.

  • A League of Their Own 2022

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on September 2nd, reviewing the new TV series “A League of Their Own,” a parallel universe adaptation of the popular 1992 film, now streaming on Prime Video.

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