It’s a whole new world for Aladdin as the animated classic is the newest film to receive the live-action treatment on the big screen. Much like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin stays true to the animated film in terms of plot. Aladdin (Mena Massoud) meets Agrabah Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and falls in love with her thanks to an assist from the Gene (Will Smith). There’s the evil Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) trying to steal the…"Aladdin: A Whole New World in Live Action"
The Spy Behind Home Plate is Aviva Kempner’s newest documentary that tells the true true story of catcher-turned-spy Moe Berg. Moe Berg may not be Hank Greenberg or Sandy Koufax but his story is unique for Jewish ballplayers. A year ago, the Paul Rudd-starring The Catcher Was A Spy premiered during Sundance. While that film does manage to tell Berg’s story in narrative form, the documentary goes the whole nine yards. While the biopic means…"The Spy Behind Home Plate: Moe Berg’s Story"
Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation turns to archival footage to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary concert. Woodstock was the brainchild of Michael Lang, Artie Kornfeld, Joel Rosenman, and John P. Roberts. What’s so fascinating is that this juggernaut grew out of plans to open a recording studio in Woodstock, N.Y. Things changed and soon they would plan for one of the hugest weekends in history. Think about it. Roughly one month after man would…"Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation"
With the season 2 finale (“berkman > block) of Barry, the series leaves in a good spot while we wait for the new episodes to return next year on HBO. Barry just finished airing on the east coast. West coast viewers, please wait before reading. While most people are still digesting the Game of Thrones series finale, there’s a dark comedy series ending its second season tonight. Bill Hader is ever the capable triple threat…"Barry: Where do we go after that?"
Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir is a very well made film and make no mistake that we’ll be talking about the indie film during awards season. Aspiring British filmmaker Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) attends film school in the 1980s while also dealing with boyfriend Anthony (Tom Burke). It’s not the best of relationships to say the least. Perhaps the most comical moment comes when Anthony fights her over their bed space. More fun comes with references…"The Souvenir is A Contender"
Danny Boyle’s Yesterday may be inspired by a world without The Beatles but unfortunately, the film loses its focus somewhere on the long and winding road. Imagine a world where The Beatles never came into existence. This is what screenwriter Richard Curtis asks in a crowd-pleasing screenplay. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) was about to give up his dreams as a singer-songwriter. Best friend Ellie (Lily James) shows support for Jack but it isn’t enough. For…"Chicago Critics 2019: Yesterday"
The 2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival is set to open this evening and run through Thursday evening at the Music Box Theatre. For ticket information for this year’s Chicago Critics Film Festival, please click here. ALICE Director: Josephine Mackerras | 103 mins After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child. Screens: Tuesday, May…"2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival Opens Tonight"
Actor Robert Pattinson is set to star as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming stand-alone film, The Batman, for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics. Variety reported the news this evening. There were rumors about Warner looking to replace Ben Affleck as far back as summer 2017. Sure enough, Affleck would quit in late 2018 before breaking his silence earlier this year. Nobody can blame him for doing so. A lot of this really comes…"Robert Pattinson to star in Matt Reeves’ The Batman"
Trial by Fire not only makes the argument that Cameron Todd Willingham was innocent but points to evidence that Texas killed an innocent man. After Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O’Connell) has been sitting on death row for a dozen years, Elizabeth Gilbert (Laura Dern) comes into his life. She may have her own family issues but she’s touched by his letters and decides to help him out. If not for Elizabeth, not only would new evidence…"Trial by Fire: Texas Killed An Innocent Man"
A Mumbai photographer has to do everything he can to persuade a woman to pose as his fiancée in Ritesh Batra’s’s romantic drama, Photograph. Mumbai street photographer Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) has to persuade Miloni (Sanya Malhotra) to pose as fiancée Noorie. Let’s get one fact out of the way right now. Rafi has to create Noorie if it means stalling the family pressure. Oh, yeah–he uses Miloni’s photo in the process. His grandmother wants nothing more…"Photograph takes us to Mumbai"