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On-Air Film Review: Accelerate with Ethan Coen’s ‘Drive-Away Dolls’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Ben Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 22th, 2024, reviewing “Drive-Away Dolls,” a new film from absurdist master Ethan Coen. In theaters beginning February 23rd .

On-Air Film Review: ‘Lisa Frankenstein’ is Totally Electrifying

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 8th, 2024, reviewing “Lisa Frankenstein,” an adaptation of the famous Monster story, from a 1980s point of view. In theaters on February 9th.

On-Air Film Review: Three Kings of Lonely in 'The Holdovers'

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 3rd, 2023, reviewing “The Holdovers,” a reunion of the “Sideways” duo … director Alexander Payne and Paul Giamatti. In theaters on November 4th, 2023, wide release on November 10th.

On-Air Film Review: RSVP to ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on September 7th, 2023, reviewing “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3,” the third film that highlights that wacky Greek family. In theaters on September 8th.

On-Air Film Review: Meet Me Tonight in Wes Anderson’s ‘Asteroid City’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on June 22nd, reviewing “Asteroid City,” the latest film directed by America’s auteur, Wes Anderson. In theaters on June 23rd.

On-Air Film Review: ‘Book Club: The Next Chapter’ Turns the Page

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 11th, reviewing “Book Club: The Next Chapter,” the sequel to the popular film from 2018. In theaters on May 12th.

On-Air Film Review: Madame Kickassery in ‘Polite Society’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on April 27th, reviewing “Polite Society,” the debut action film tribute from British/Pakistani director Nida Manzoor (“Lady Parts”. In theaters on April 28th.

On-Air Film Review: Madame Kickassery in ‘Polite Society’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on April 27th, reviewing “Polite Society,” the debut action film tribute from British/Pakistani director Nida Manzoor (“Lady Parts”. In theaters on April 28th.

Audio Film Review: The Walls Come Closing in on the ‘Inside’

Inside

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for the newly released “Inside,” an unusual tour de force for actor Willem Dafoe, put into a situation that confines his reality. Currently in theaters, since March 17th.

Film Review: Woody Harrelson Guides a Basketball Team in ‘Champions’

Champions

CHICAGO – “Champions” is a predictable and formulaic, but it’s ultimately a good natured trip into a world of sports comedy clichés. It’s never particularly laugh out loud funny, but its heart is in the right place, which makes it hard to root against the film.

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  • Prodigal Daughter, The

    CHICAGO – One of the open secrets of Chicago is its horrible racist past, which remains like an echo. Playwright Joshua Allen has been exploring this theme in his Grand Boulevard Trilogy – the last chapter talking place during the infamous 1919 race riots – in Raven Theatre’s “The Prodigal Daughter.” For tickets and info, click TPD.

  • Michael Shannon and Travis A. Knight, Red Orchid's TURRET

    CHICAGO – When in the presence of a powerful acting force like Michael Shannon, the depth of performance is emotional and passionately essential. He co-leads with Travis A. Knight in Red Orchid Theatre’s World Premiere of Levi Holloway’s “Turret,” just extended to June 22nd at the Chopin Theatre.

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