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Via Zoom: Director Stefan Forbes Wants You to ‘Hold Your Fire’

CHICAGO – Police reform and procedural alternatives in the U.S. continue to be in a hurricane of evolution. Despite the attention that the George Floyd incident brought to the perception, the law enforcement culture continues to resist. Stefan Forbes goes back to the past (1973), to inform them (and us) that change can work with his new documentary “Hold Your Fire.”

Via Zoom: Audrey Diwan & Anamarie Vartolomei of ‘Happening’

CHICAGO – In an extraordinary flash of timing, the new French film “Happening” gets a general release in select theaters on May 13th, right in the midst of an another abortion debate in the U.S. The story of a young woman seeking the procedure in 1963 features Anamarie Varolomei and is adapted by director Audrey Diwan. They spoke to HollywoodChicago.com.

Via Zoom: Isabelle Fuhrman & Lauren Hadaway of ‘The Novice’

CHICAGO – One of the great indie films of 2021 is “The Novice,” written and directed by Lauren Hadaway, and featuring Isabelle Fuhrman. This intimate and fascinating look at female student athletes in crew (rowing) has many underlying themes and relationships. It opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago on December 26th. See below for details.

Via Zoom: Directors Jim Cummings & PJ McCabe of ‘The Beta Test’

CHICAGO – Creating a complex story and delivering it in a spectacular way was the accomplishment of two self-described “best friends.” Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe are the co-writers, directors and friends of the new film “The Beta Test” – releasing November 5th, 2021 – a thriller that takes on the darker side of human motivations.

Audio Film Review: Ingmar Persona-fied! Review of ‘Bergman Island’

Bergman Island

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on the new filmmaker-on-filmmaker narrative film “Bergman Island” – the first English language film by Mia Hansen Løve – currently in select theaters, see local listings for theaters and show times.

Film Review: Bad Moon Rising! On-Air Review of ‘Werewolves Within’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on June 24th, 2021, reviewing the new film “Werewolves Within,” in theaters beginning June 25th, and through Video-On-Demand July 2nd.

Film Review: Ain’t That America! Audio Review of ‘Holler’

Holler

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on the new film “Holler,” an IFC Films new release about a brother and sister trying to survive in a dying factory town. In select theaters and through Video On Demand beginning June 11th, 2021.

Film Review: Catcher in the Wry! Audio Review of ‘My Salinger Year’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review, a perspective on “My Salinger Year,” a new release adaptation of the memoir of the same name by Joanna Rakoff. The Salinger is of course J.D. Salinger, the legendary author and recluse. In theaters and through VOD beginning March 5th, 2021.

Podtalk: Director Dana Nachman Puts Her Stamp on ‘Dear Santa’

CHICAGO – Now that the socially distanced Thanksgiving is past us, it’s time to turn to Christmas and the films that are associated with that holiday. Documentary director Dana Nachman has a series of emotional and true stories in her latest film “Dear Santa,” an overview of a gift-giving charity that starts with a child’s letter.

Podtalk: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Director of ‘A Call To Spy’

CHICAGO – When a prominent and influential producer made the transition into solo directing, she sought stories that matched her intuitive and natural passions. Lydia Dean Pilcher chose “A Call to Spy,” a World War II-era drama that focuses on three women who defied their obstacles and became early war heroes.

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  • La Dolce Vita Blu-ray

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio Blu-ray DVD review of “La Dolce Vita,” the Federico Fellini film masterpiece that introduced the 1960s to itself, and the term “Paparazzi” to the language, now available through Paramount Pictures wherever Blu-rays are sold.

  • Ms. Marvel

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson, WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin), on June 23rd, 2022, reviewing the new streaming series “Ms Marvel,” a new kind of Marvel Universe superhero now streaming on Disney+.

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