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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.

Audio Film Review: In the Beginning for Ava DuVernay’s ‘Origin’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Origin,” the latest film from director Ava DuVernay of “Selma” and featuring Augunue Ellis-Taylor of “King Richard” portraying author Isabel Wilkerson, as she seeks a thesis for a new book. In theaters January 19th.

On-Air Film Review: ‘It Lives Inside’ is a Battle of Assimilation

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on September 21st, 2023, reviewing “It Lives Inside,” a new horror film based on monster mythology from India. In theaters since September 22nd.

Audio Film Review: Mother’s Day in Court in ‘Saint Omer’

Saint Omer

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Saint Omer,” the French film narrative debut of documentary maker Alice Diop, based on a real trial that she had observed. Currently in select theaters, see local listings.

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.

On-Air Film Review: Not So Bad for The Worst Person in the World’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 10th, reviewing the release of “The Worst Person in the World,” the 2022 Norwegian Oscar contender for Best International Film, now in theaters.

On-Air Film Review: Princess Diana-Rama! Review of ‘Spencer’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 4th, 2021, reviewing the new film by director Pablo Lorrain (“Jackie”) about Princess Diana, “Spencer,” in theaters on November 5th.

On-Air Film Review: Neon Lights Are '60s! Review of ‘Last Night in Soho’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on October 28th, 2021, reviewing the new Edgar Wright film, “Last Night in Soho” in theaters beginning October 29th.

Audio Film Review: It's a Savory Pork Product! Review of ‘Pig’

Pig

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on the new release “Pig,” a Michael Sardoski film featuring Nicholas Cage. Available through Video-On-Demand beginning on August 3rd. .

Film News: ‘Apollo 11’ Documentary in Theaters for 50th Anniversary on July 20, 2019

Apollo 11

CHICAGO – Today is the 50th Anniversary of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon, and an excellent documentary on the subject – simply titled “Apollo 11” is doing a “one day only” showing on July 20th, 2019. For theater locations and show times around the country (type in your area), click here.

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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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