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Saturday
Mar032018

STORM CHILDREN, BOOK ONE and IN THE INTENSE NOW (on CINE-FILE Chicago)

This week I wrote about two beautiful, rich, challenging films about important human questions and experiences, Lav Diaz's STORM CHILDREN, BOOK ONE and João Moreidra Salles' IN THE INTENSE NOW. If you'd like, go to CINE-FILE Chicago and read my writeups, under the "Crucial Viewing" section.

Friday
Feb162018

TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN (on CINE-FILE Chicago)

This week at CINE-FILE Chicago. under the "Crucial Viewing" section, I wrote about Vincente Minnelli's TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN, and how connoisseurs shouldn't miss the chance to see this CinemaScope classic presented properly. It really earns those adjectives, like “garish” and “flamboyant,” that tended to append to his work. Presented by The Chicago Film Society, it plays this Monday at Music Box Theatre.

Friday
Feb092018

THE GREAT BUDDHA + (on CINE-FILE Chicago)

This week at CINE-FILE Chicago, under the "Crucial Viewing" section, I wrote about Huang Hsin-Yao's THE GREAT BUDDHA +. It had me chortling right from the beginning. (Pickle, I'll just say, plays a pretty hopeless bass drum.) Consider hieing yourself to Facets Cinémathèque to see it.

Friday
Feb022018

AZAR (on CINE-FILE Chicago)

This week at CINE-FILE Chicago, under the "Also Recommended" section, I wrote about Mohammad Hamzei's melodrama AZAR, a sometimes fascinating insider's critique of gender roles in today's Iran. It's by all means worth a visit to the Gene Siskel Film Center, where it plays this weekend, to see it.

Friday
Jan262018

THE BREADWINNER (on CINE-FILE Chicago)

This week at Cine-File Chicago, I recommend Nora Twomey's THE BREADWINNER. (To peep my writeup, scroll down under the "Crucial Viewing" section.) I'm chuffed it's up for an Oscar, and I'll be rooting for it. Consider going to see it this week at the Gene Siskel Film Center.