August 23, 2012 |
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.
January 26, 2012 |
***1/2 (out of four) When two couples, two kids, a tutor and an ailing father become embroiled in a complicated debate over who's to blame for a woman's miscarriage, “A Separation” becomes what could be described as a lose-lose-lose-lose-lose situation. Everyone has an agenda, and deception has a way of unraveling even the best, most subjectively defensible intentions. Culturally specific but universally relatable, this slowly escalating Iranian drama boasts incredibly impressive motivational clarity.
January 9, 2014 |
*** (out of four) Infidelity! Dirty family secrets! Double-crossing! It's the formula for daytime melodrama, but Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" never feels like a soap opera or an "August: Osage County" shouting match. Maybe it's because no one smashes a wine glass or discovers a long-lost evil twin. (Unfortunately.) It's also because Farhadi has such a steady command of drama. As in the superior "A Separation," "The Past" sets up a complicated, extreme-but-feasible situation and observes the domino effect of human decisions and emotions.
October 11, 2012 |
*** (out of four) It's not easy to make a reality-based, political, action-comedy that stretches from Tinseltown to Tehran and covers everything from Hollywood satire to public hangings. In his first directorial effort not set in Boston, Ben Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town”) delivers a compelling movie, if not a perfect one. “Argo” leaves you wanting to know more, rather than feeling fully informed about an event that President Clinton declassified 15 years ago. Before your eyes glaze over at the phrase “Iran...
August 6, 2013 |
EAT Taste of Andersonville Swedish American Museum 5211 N. Clark St. 773-728-2995 Grab a passport and head to 12 neighborhood restaurants including Andes Restaurant and M Henry on a vegetarian-friendly route ($25-$30), which also includes additional stops at 4 Paws and Koval Distillery for beer and cocktail tastings. 6-9 p.m. RSVP by noon: andersonville.org; or pay at the door. DRINK Cityswarm Patio Series Frontier 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-772-4322 Get over the hump at this beer garden bash where you can...
July 19, 2013 |
Filligar, a band of brothers anchored by siblings Johnny, Ted and Pete Mathias (longtime pal Casey Gibson rounds out the lineup), has become accustomed to life on the road. In addition to sustaining a hectic tour schedule, the roots-rock group, which splits its time between Los Angeles and Chicago, recently spent the better part of two weeks working as musical ambassadors in Azerbaijan, a country bordered by Russia to the north and Iran to the south. "I thought someone was playing a practical joke when they first told me [about the trip]