April 2024

Podtalk: Cinema Femme Festival Director Rebecca Martin Fagerholm

CHICAGO – Rebecca Martin Fagerholm has built the Cinema Femme Short Film Festival from online beginnings to primary in-person events, and the 6th festival will open at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on April 25th, 2024, with a tribute to filmmaker Haroula Rose. For details and program information, click CINEMA FEMME.

Red Carpet: Dazzling Season 18 Closing Night of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Film Festival

CHICAGO – The spotlight and excitement was at the Final Weekend of Season 18 for Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC). The buzz was for APUC Bright Star Awardee Carlos Chan. The respect was for Hong Kong legend Rebecca Pan, who received APUC’s Lifetime Achievement Award, all during Hong Kong Cinema Showcase.

Film Review: Forgettable ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’

Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, The

CHICAGO – “The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare” wants to be “Inglourious Basterds” in the worst way … but Henry Cavill is no Brad Pitt, and Guy Ritchie is no Quentin Tarantino. It’s a featherweight romp about British rogues killing Nazis that’s arch, witty, and completely forgettable. It goes down easy enough, but seems unlikely to inspire the love and devotion it so clearly craves.

‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ is Guy Ritchie Forgettable

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.0/5.0
Rating: 3.0/5.0

CHICAGO – “The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare” wants to be “Inglourious Basterds” in the worst way … but Henry Cavill is no Brad Pitt, and Guy Ritchie is no Quentin Tarantino. It’s a featherweight romp about British rogues killing Nazis that’s arch, witty, and completely forgettable. It goes down easy enough, but seems unlikely to inspire the love and devotion it so clearly craves.

Film News: CineYouth Festival at Facets Chicago April 19-21, 2024

CineYouth Fest 2024

CHICAGO – The annual CineYouth Festival for 2024 is on tap beginning Friday, April 19th, presenting 66 short films across 10 programming blocks featuring everything from comedy to animated shorts to highlights from the Chicago region. Plus, CineYouth features two workshops focused on accessibility tools and good collaborative practices, live filmmaker Q&As, and more.

On-Air Film Review: Matthew Modine Pedals the ‘Hard Miles’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on April 10th, 2024, reviewing “Hard Miles,” a new sports-inspirational film set featuring veteran actor Matthew Modine. In select theaters on April 19th, see local listings.

Pedal Pushers! On-Air Film Review of Matthew Modine in ‘Hard Miles’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.5/5.0
Rating: 4.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on April 10th, 2024, reviewing “Hard Miles,” a new sports-inspirational film set featuring veteran actor Matthew Modine. In select theaters on April 19th, see local listings.

Film News: APUC Lifetime Achievement Award for Hong Kong Pioneer Rebecca Pan, Apr. 20, 2024

CHICAGO – The Season 18 Finale of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) is the Hong Kong Showcase from April 19th-21st, 2024, featuring a Lifetime Achievement Award for the legendary Rebecca Pan, HK filmmakers/actors and current Hong Kong cinema.

Podtalk: Writer/Director Minhal Baig of Set-in-Chicago ‘We Grown Now’

CHICAGO – There was once a Chicago housing project called Cabrini Green, and its legacy was a damning testament to Chicago’s mismanagement of housing for the poor in general. It’s gone now, the victim of gentrification, but its memory lives on in “We Grown Now,” a new release from writer and director Minhal Baig.

Podtalk: Matthew Modine, Director R.J. Daniel Hanna of ‘Hard Miles’

CHICAGO – The journey of a thousand miles begins … in the case of “Hard Miles” starring Matthew Modine … with a single pedal. “Hard Miles” joins the pantheon of cycling movies, in this case with Modine portraying a social worker who teaches his life lessons through a bicycling journey with his youthful charges.

Theater News: Porchlight Guy Adkins Awardee is Roberta Duchak

CHICAGO – Monday, April 15th is the annual fundraising concert for Chicago’s Porchlight Music Theatre. As part of “Chicago Sings Broadway Pop II,” the company will confer its “Guy Adkins Award” to the award winning actor and musical director, Roberta Duchak. For more information and tickets, click PORCHLIGHT.

On-Air Film Review: Clarity Found! ‘Indigo Girls: It’s Only Life After All’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for the newly released “Indigo Girls: It’s Only Life After All,” the rise and evolution of the singer/songwriter duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, also know as The Indigo Girls. In select theaters and through digital download since April 10th.

Clarity! Audio Film Review ‘Indigo Girls: It’s Only Life After All’

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

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for the newly released “Indigo Girls: It’s Only Life After All,” the rise and evolution of the singer/songwriter duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, also know as The Indigo Girls. In select theaters and through digital download since April 10th.

Theater Review: Stellar ‘A Star Without a Name’ at Campbell’s Starbright Theater, April 13-14, 2024

A Star Without a Name

CAMPBELL, CA – The PM Theater of New York City will bring a touring production of their Off-Broadway hit “A Star Without a Name” to the Starbright Theater in Campbell, California on April 13th and 14th, 2024 (click here for tickets/info) The following is a review from last weekend’s show (April 7th) in Chicago, Illinois.

Audio Film Review: Feed ‘The Beast’ and Feed Your Head

Beast, The

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for the U.S. release of “The Beast,” a science fiction film about the inherent psychological/emotional carriage within us all, co-written and directed by Bertrand Bonello. In select theaters now (see local listings). At Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on April 12th.

Feed Your Head! Audio Film Review of ‘The Beast’

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

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for the U.S. release of “The Beast,” a science fiction film about the inherent psychological/emotional carriage within us all, co-written and directed by Bertrand Bonello. In select theaters now (see local listings). At Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on April 12th.

On-Air Film Review: World is a Cage with Nicolas Cage in ‘Arcadian’

Arcadian

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on April 10th, 2024, reviewing “Arcadian,” a new horror film set during a post apocalyptic event, featuring Nicolas Cage. In theaters on April 12th.

World is a Cage! On-Air Film Review of Nicolas Cage in ‘Arcadian’

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 April 10th, 2024, reviewing “Arcadian,” a new horror film set during a post apocalyptic event, featuring Nicolas Cage. In theaters on April 12th.

On-Air Film Review: Days of Future’s Past Haunts ‘Civil War’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on April 10th, 2024, reviewing “Civil War,” a new film by writer/director Alex Garland (“28 Days Later,” “Ex Machina”). In theaters on April 12th.

Days of Future’s Past! On-Air Film Review of ‘Civil War’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.5/5.0
Rating: 4.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on April 10th, 2024, reviewing “Civil War,” a new film by writer/director Alex Garland (“28 Days Later,” “Ex Machina”). In theaters on April 12th.

Podtalk: Writer/Director Laurent Négre on ‘A Forgotten Man’

CHICAGO – The 20th Century crisis that was World War II resulted in a bloodbath for virtually all of European and Allied countries … except in “neutral” Switzerland. Veteran writer and director Laurent Négre, a Swiss native, pokes the holes of truth into that overinflated neutrality in the imported feature film “A Forgotten Man.”

Film News: Must-See ‘Triple Threat!’ 3-D Series at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, Apr. 5-11, 2024

Triple Threat Music Box 2024

CHICAGO – Objects are about to leap from the screen starting Friday, April 5th, and running through Thursday, April 11th, 2024. Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre will be the setting for “Triple Threat! A 3-D Series,” a showcase of old and contemporary 3-D films presented in a new digital 3-D system that has to be experienced to be believed. If you’re a fan of 3-D, this is the new frontier. For details, showtimes and ticket information, click 3RD DIMENSION.

On-Air Film Review: Hey-Hey ‘Monkey Man’ is a Hero of India

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on April 4th, 2024, reviewing “Monkey Man,” a new film by co-writer, director and lead actor Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”). In theaters on April 5th.

Hey-Hey He’s a Hero! On-Air Film Review of ‘Monkey Man’

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 April 4th, 2024, reviewing “Monkey Man,” a new film by co-writer, director and lead actor Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”). In theaters on April 5th.

Podtalk: Writer/Director Alice Rohrwacher on ‘La Chimera’

CHICAGO – One of the heralded auteur filmmakers of the recent decade is Alice Rohrwacher. The Italian director joins her cinema forebears like Pier Paolo Pasolini and Federico Fellini, both of which she’s been favorable compared to, in creating unique and personal stories that resonant beyond their narrative.

On-Air Film Review: Town Goes Postal in ‘Wicked Little Letters’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for the newly released “Wicked Little Letters,” a based-on-truth story featuring Olivia Coleman and Jessie Buckley, set in England right after World War One. In theaters on April 5th.

Going Postal! Audio Film Review of ‘Wicked Little Letters’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.5/5.0
Rating: 4.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for the newly released “Wicked Little Letters,” a based-on-truth story featuring Olivia Coleman and Jessie Buckley, set in England right after World War One. In theaters on April 5th.

Film News: Japan Showcase Weekend at Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema, April 4 & 6, 2024

APUC 2024 Japan Weekend

CHICAGO – Season 18 of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema moves to Week Three on April 4th and 6th with screenings in Evanston (Illinois) at the Block Museum of Art and the APUC screen headquarters at conveniently located AMC NEWCITY in Chicago. There will be a director appearance, with meet/greet opportunities and post screening Q&As.

Theater News: Touring ‘A Star Without a Name’ at Chicago’s Chopin Theatre, April 6-7. 2024

A Star Without a Name

CHICAGO – The heralded Off-Broadway play from 2023 is on tour and headed for Chicago. “A Star Without a Name,” a melodramatic tragicomedy translated from Mikhail Sebastian’s “Steua Fare Nume” will be performed at the Chopin Theatre on April 6th and 7th, 2024. For details and ticket information, click PM THEATER.

On-Air Film Review: Luc Beeson’s ‘DogMan’ is Canine Collaboration

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on March 28th, 2024, reviewing “DogMan,” a new film by director Luc Beeson (“The Fifth Element” “Lucy”), in wide release on April 5th, see local listings.

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    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on March 21st, 2024, reviewing the new streaming series “Manhunt” – based on the bestseller by James L. Swanson – currently streaming on Apple TV+.

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    CHICAGO – When two brothers confront the sins of each other and it expands into a psychology of an entire race, it’s at a stage play found in Chicago’s Invictus Theatre Company production of “Topdog/Underdog,” now at their new home at the Windy City Playhouse through March 31st, 2024. Click TD/UD for tickets/info.

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