Echoes from the Attic revisits an epic story

Echoes from the Attic, a short documentary released in 2015, was screened this past April at the Museum of Tolerance in conjunction with Yom HaShoah. It’s the follow up to Debbie Goodstein’s 1987 groundbreaking documentary, Voices from the Attic.  In this update, the 26 members of the family travel to Poland after learning that Farmer Grocholski and his family would be honored by Yad Vashem as being Righteous Among the Nations. Farmer Grocholski and his…

"Echoes from the Attic revisits an epic story"

The Little Hours: One of The Most Hysterical Films of 2017

The Little Hours returned to Chicago two months after its appearance in the Chicago Critics Film Festival and is one of the funniest movies of the year.  Writer/Director Jeff Baena and star Aubrey Plaza were on hand for a Q&A session at two of screenings this weekend. Written for the screen and directed by Baena, the film stars Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke,…

"The Little Hours: One of The Most Hysterical Films of 2017"

War for the Planet of the Apes: A Fitting Conclusion

Taking place fifteen years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes and two years after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes brings the trilogy to an end with a fitting conclusion. Directed by Matt Reeves from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback and Reeves, the film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary. For two years, soldiers…

"War for the Planet of the Apes: A Fitting Conclusion"

A Ghost Story is A Unique Movie-Going Experience

David Lowery’s A Ghost Story is a unique movie-going experience that will haunt you long after the credits finish rolling. The movie closed out the Chicago Critics Film Festival this past May with a nearly sold out crowd in attendance. Reuniting his Ain’t Them Bodies Saints co-stars, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, writer-director Lowery returned to Sundance this year with a film that could only be made as such.  A story of this nature could…

"A Ghost Story is A Unique Movie-Going Experience"

Hickok brings Wild Bill back to the Big Screen

Hickok may not be the best Western to have been made but the film manages to do the job with the first big screen depiction of the lawman since 1999’s Purgatory. Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. from a screenplay written by Michael Lanahan, the western stars Luke Hemsworth, Trace Adkins, Kris Kristofferson, and Bruce Dern.  Cameron Richardson, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereasu, Robert Catrini, and Hunter Fischer also star. While the Western isn’t a dying genre, the fare…

"Hickok brings Wild Bill back to the Big Screen"

Spider-Man: Homecoming is The Best Spider-Man Yet

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best incarnation of Spider-Man on the big screen as the web-slinger joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe in his first big screen adventure. Following his brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) returns to the big screen for a new adventure.  For years, there was talk of Larry David playing the Vulture if Sam Raimi had been allowed to make a fourth Spider-Man movie.  I don’t know how…

"Spider-Man: Homecoming is The Best Spider-Man Yet"

Austin Found: What A Mother Will Do For Fame

Austin Found tells the story of what one mother will do for fame. Directed by Will Raee from a screenplay written by Brenna Graziano, the indie comedy stars Linda Cardellini, Skeet Ulrich, Ursula Parker, Patrick Warburton, Jon Daly, Chris Parnell, Matt Jones, with Kirsten Schaal and Craig Robinson. Leanne Miller (Cardellini) used to be the queen bee in high school.  Nowadays, she’s the mother of a young girl, Patty (Parker) that she enters in beauty…

"Austin Found: What A Mother Will Do For Fame"

The Journey: What happens when Irish opposites meet?

The Journey tells the story of two Irish politicians who couldn’t be further from each other politically. Directed by Nick Hamm from a screenplay written by Colin Bateman, The Journey stars Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Toby Stephens, Catherine McCormack, Ian McElhinney, with Freddie Highmore and John Hurt.  This is one of Hurt’s final appearances on screen as the actor died this past January. This is a film that shows us that it is possible to…

"The Journey: What happens when Irish opposites meet?"

Despicable Me 3 is alright, but laughs are rare

Despicable Me 3 isn’t the best outing for the franchise but if you’re looking for laughs from a studio comedy in 2017, the best offerings this year are from animated films. Directed by Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and based on a screenplay written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated comedy stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate and…

"Despicable Me 3 is alright, but laughs are rare"

The Reagan Show Reminds Us How A President Should Act

The Reagan Show is a sober reminder of what America is lacking: a politician who can act presidential as the leader of the free world. Directed by Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill from a screenplay written by Josh Alexander, Velez, and Francisco Bello, The Reagan Show is made completely of archival footage filmed by the Reagan Administration and network news.  Reagan’s presidency was the most filmed of any presidential administration that came before to the…

"The Reagan Show Reminds Us How A President Should Act"