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On-Air Film Review: All the Imaginaries in John Krasinski’s “IF”

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 16th, reviewing “IF” (which means Imaginary Friend) a new live action/animated epic written and directed by John Krasinski. In theaters on May 17th.

Audio Film Review: Let’s Get Together for ‘Bob Marley One Love’

Bob Marley One Love

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Bob Marley One Love,” the music biopic of the famous Jamaican reggae legend during his most fertile international fame period in the 1970s up until his early demise from cancer in 1981. In theaters on February 14th.

Audio Film Review: Musical Version of ‘Mean Girls’ is Clique Bait

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Mean Girls,” a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical, which in turn was born from the 2004 comedy … with Tina Fey adapting the screenplay and featuring Jenna Fischer and Jon Hamm. In theaters January 12th.

On-Air Film Review: ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ is Manifest Infamy

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on October 19th, 2023, reviewing “Killers of the Flower Moon,” the 26th feature film directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. In theaters on October 20th, 2023.

Vodcast: Kicking the Seat Presents the Cop Drama 'Serpico' (1973)

Serpico, KICKING THE SEAT

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on Ian Simmons’ Vodcast, KICKING THE SEAT, talking the 1973 Cop Drama classic, “Serpico” … it’s 50th Anniversary. Why was this particular anniversary film chosen? Because it was once parodied in MAD MAGAZINE as “Serpicool.”

Audio Film Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,” the latest reboot of the popular Gen X cartoon heroes, produced and co-written by Seth Rogen and featuring the voice of Jackie Chan. In theaters on August 2nd.

On-Air Film Review: ‘Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on July 13th, reviewing “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One,” the seventh film of the Tom Cruise-led action series based on the 1960s TV show. In theaters since July 12th.

Film Review: ’Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ is Clanky Calamity

CHICAGO – When it comes to bad movies there are three types … fun bad, memorably bad, and ordinary bad. “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” belongs in the latter category. It’s a clinking, clanking calamity that fails on almost every level, which is about par for the course when it comes to this series.

On-Air Film Review: ‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on March 30th, 2023, reviewing “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves,” another film adaptation of the geek game. In theaters March 31st.

On-Air Film Review: Shout-out to Ghostface Again in 'Scream VI'

Scream VI

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker in for Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on March 9th, 2023, reviewing “Scream VI,” the continuing story of Ghostface and his victims. In theaters beginning March 10th.

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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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