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November 1, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Let's take a vote on what's more compelling: People facing difficult emotions and dealing with them, or staring off into space for a while and ultimately experiencing minimal conflict? Thought so. Chicago-based writer-director Stephen Cone's “The Wise Kids” boasts better performances than his recent, underwhelming “In Memoriam,” but the filmmaker still takes a disappointingly superficial approach to worthwhile situations and characters lacking interior lives.
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October 10, 2012
Instead of complaining about the "lack of culture" in Chicago, get off your ass and go see some quality movies.  The Chicago International Film Fest kicks off this Thursday, October 11. The festival is a combo of local, national, and international films that you should go check out. It runs from 10/11 though 10/24 and you can find the full schedule at http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/ OH YEAH,...
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November 1, 2011 | By Miki Turner and For RedEye
Although Margaret Cho's latest concert film, "Cho Dependent," will close Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival that begins Thursday, the comedian herself cannot make the 30th annual event. She's on the road. In "Cho Dependent," Cho performs her stand-up and musical numbers that riff on sex, drugs, rock and roll, politics, reality TV, "sexting" and her mother. “Cho Dependent” will be shown at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. For more info, go to reelingfilmfestival.org The San Francisco resident...
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September 12, 2012 | Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
At the 48th Chicago International Film Festival (Oct. 11-25), the Centerpiece Film will be "Cloud Atlas," directed and written by native Chicagoans Lana and Andy Wachowski, the siblings who masterminded the "Matrix" trilogy, and and Tom Tykwer. "We are thrilled to welcome Lana and Andy Wachowski back to their beloved hometown," Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, said in a press release. "'Cloud Atlas' promises to be one of the most imaginative and dazzling movies of the year.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2012
Instead of complaining about the "lack of culture" in Chicago, get off your ass and go see some quality movies.  The Chicago International Film Fest kicks off this Thursday, October 11. The festival is a combo of local, national, and international films that you should go check out. It runs from 10/11 though 10/24 and you can find the full schedule at http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/ OH YEAH,...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
EAT Rock out Red Door, 2118 N. Damen Ave. 773-697-7221 Head to the patio for Lobster Rock, where seven chefs including Red Door's Troy Graves, Hot Chocolate's Mindy Segal and Nightwood's Jason Vincent serve up crustacean concoctions with signature cocktails. WXRT-FM 93.1 personality Lin Brehmer hosts a celebration for the station's 40th anniversary. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $60. RSVP required: eventbrite.com. Bake sale West Town Bakery & Diner, 1916 W. Chicago Ave. 773-904-1414 Stop in for breakfast at the new green-certified restaurant, which features options such as a Smoked...
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August 28, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin and For RedEye
One Englewood resident is hoping a film fest can be one weapon in the fight against Chicago violence. Mark Harris, the man behind the second annual Englewood Film Festival, wants to send a positive message with the Oct. 26-28 event. "Our message is that there is a way out, and violence doesn't have to be the answer," he said. "I think art can change a life. " After receiving virtually no support from local businesses, politicians or community leaders leading up to last year's festival, Harris has turned to the internet for help funding the fest.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2012 | Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
At the 48th Chicago International Film Festival (Oct. 11-25), the Centerpiece Film will be "Cloud Atlas," directed and written by native Chicagoans Lana and Andy Wachowski, the siblings who masterminded the "Matrix" trilogy, and and Tom Tykwer. "We are thrilled to welcome Lana and Andy Wachowski back to their beloved hometown," Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, said in a press release. "'Cloud Atlas' promises to be one of the most imaginative and dazzling movies of the year.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney and RedEye
The 48th Chicago International Film Festival, the country's oldest competitive film festival, has announced its first round of movie titles that will be featured at this year's event. The film festival, which takes place Oct 11-25 and is themed "A Year of Discovery," will feature more than 150 films from more than 50 countries. "Our programmers have been working non-stop all year in search of the best films from around the world," said Michael Kutza, founder and artistic director of the Chicago International Film Festival.
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January 31, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) After “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Quartet,” I'm glad to see a film about people in their grayer years take place somewhere other than a hotel in which the folks putter around and giggle about sex. Of course, those jokes can happen anywhere, as evidenced by the extended - no pun intended - plotline in the frequently pathetic “Stand Up Guys” about just-paroled Val (Al Pacino) pounding Viagra so he can perform with a prostitute. If veteran actor Pacino is looking for the revived respect earned by Robert DeNiro...
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin and For RedEye
One Englewood resident is hoping a film fest can be one weapon in the fight against Chicago violence. Mark Harris, the man behind the second annual Englewood Film Festival, wants to send a positive message with the Oct. 26-28 event. "Our message is that there is a way out, and violence doesn't have to be the answer," he said. "I think art can change a life. " After receiving virtually no support from local businesses, politicians or community leaders leading up to last year's festival, Harris has turned to the internet for help funding the fest.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney and RedEye
The 48th Chicago International Film Festival, the country's oldest competitive film festival, has announced its first round of movie titles that will be featured at this year's event. The film festival, which takes place Oct 11-25 and is themed "A Year of Discovery," will feature more than 150 films from more than 50 countries. "Our programmers have been working non-stop all year in search of the best films from around the world," said Michael Kutza, founder and artistic director of the Chicago International Film Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
EAT Rock out Red Door, 2118 N. Damen Ave. 773-697-7221 Head to the patio for Lobster Rock, where seven chefs including Red Door's Troy Graves, Hot Chocolate's Mindy Segal and Nightwood's Jason Vincent serve up crustacean concoctions with signature cocktails. WXRT-FM 93.1 personality Lin Brehmer hosts a celebration for the station's 40th anniversary. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $60. RSVP required: eventbrite.com. Bake sale West Town Bakery & Diner, 1916 W. Chicago Ave. 773-904-1414 Stop in for breakfast at the new green-certified restaurant, which features...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Let's take a vote on what's more compelling: People facing difficult emotions and dealing with them, or staring off into space for a while and ultimately experiencing minimal conflict? Thought so. Chicago-based writer-director Stephen Cone's “The Wise Kids” boasts better performances than his recent, underwhelming “In Memoriam,” but the filmmaker still takes a disappointingly superficial approach to worthwhile situations and characters lacking interior lives.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011 | By Miki Turner and For RedEye
Although Margaret Cho's latest concert film, "Cho Dependent," will close Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival that begins Thursday, the comedian herself cannot make the 30th annual event. She's on the road. In "Cho Dependent," Cho performs her stand-up and musical numbers that riff on sex, drugs, rock and roll, politics, reality TV, "sexting" and her mother. “Cho Dependent” will be shown at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. For more info, go to reelingfilmfestival.org...
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