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On-Air Film Review: Pamela Adlon’s ‘Babes’ is Doula Doula Do

Babes

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 16th, reviewing “Babes,” the director debut of Pamela Adlon (FX’s “Better Things). In select theaters on May 17th. See local listings.

On-Air Film Review: Watching the Cool Fire in ‘I Saw the TV Glow’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for the “I Saw the TV Glow,” written and directed by Jane Schoenbrun (“We’re all Going to the World’s Fair”). Currently playing in Chicago, opening wider nationwide on May 17th, 2024. See local listings.

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.

On-Air Film Review: Tilda Swinton in a New Odd Couple For ‘Problemista’

Problemista

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 29th, 2024, reviewing “Problemista,” the debut film of writer/director/lead actor Julio Torres. In select theater now, in Chicago March 8th.

Film Review: Zac Efron the Weak Link in Wrestling Drama ‘The Iron Claw’

Iron Claw, The

CHICAGO – An epic piece of miscasting puts “The Iron Claw” in a sleeper hold it’s never quite able to escape from … the pint sized gaping empty hole at its center has a name, and it is Zac Efron. Efron mistakenly believes that his admittedly drastic physical transformation will do his acting for him.

Film Review: The Subconscious Cage in Sharp ‘Dream Scenario’

CHICAGO – Nicolas Cage makes a welcome return to Charlie Kaufman-like mind bending drama in “Dream Scenario.” He stars as Paul Matthews, a bald and schlubby college professor always clad in an ever present winter coat. His unremarkable life takes a turn when he mysteriously begins appearing in millions of people’s dreams.

Podtalk: Filmmaker Raven Jackson for ‘All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt’

All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt

CHICAGO – Reflective and observational films … as if the audience is inside looking out along with the the characters … are very rare and takes a quality creator to pull off. One such film is “All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt” and it is written and directed by a quality creator, the poet-turned-filmmaker Raven Jackson.

On-Air Film Review: ‘Priscilla’ is a Hunka Hunka Burning Love

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 3rd, 2023, reviewing “Priscilla,” the story of the relationship between Elvis and Priscilla Presley. In theaters on November 4th, 2023.

On-Air Film Review: ‘Dicks: The Musical’ is a Sing-a-Ding-Along

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on October 12th, 2023, reviewing “Dicks: The Musical” a raucous new romp featuring Nathan Lane and Megan Thee Stallion. In select theaters on October 13th, wider release on October 20th.

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