The Divine Order: A Tale of Female Empowerment

Set in Switzerland in 1971, The Divine Order is a tale of female empowerment but it’s not without it’s faults. Petra Volpe writes and directs the feminist film, which Switzerland is submitting as their official selection for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s 1971 and women still don’t have the right to vote in Switzerland, one of the last remaining holdouts in the world.  Nora Ruckstuhl (Marie Leuenberger) is a housewife who lives with her husband Hans…

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Requiem for a Running Back: CTE is a Family’s Nightmare

Requiem for a Running Back depicts the horrors that families and former NFL players go through as a result of concussions. To say that this documentary is the NFL’s nightmare would be an understatement.  It’s a horror story come to life and what that hits even harder than the 2015 Bennet Omalu biopic, Concussion, starring Will Smith.  Any parent thinking of letting their children play football will think twice after watching either of these films because of…

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Chicago Comedy Film Festival: Love in Moreno Valley

Love in Moreno Valley is a well-directed film from Steven Huffaker about two tenth graders who turn to high school as way to escape from their lives at home. Directed by Huffaker from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jared Lively, the film stars Jack Seavor McDonald, Jaire Bowen, John Ennis, Suilma Rodriguez, Paul Tirado, Lili Soto, Brendon Small, Alem Sapp, and Chandler Murphy. Tenth graders James Watson (McDonald) and Abraham Willis (Bowen) don’t have the best…

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Chicago Comedy Film Festival: For the Love of George

For the Love of George reminds us that we should never give up on happiness. Directed by Maria Burton, the female-empowered comedy stars Nadia Jordan, Rex Lee, Kristen Johnston, Shaun Sipos, Petra Bryant, Ruth Connell, Marina Sirtis, Henry Hereford, with Rosanna Arquette, and Tate Donovan. Poppy Wakefield (Jordan) is obsessed with George Clooney and after catching her husband Stephen (Hereford) in the act of cheating, Poppy sets off for Los Angeles to meet the love…

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Murder on the Orient Express: Was This Remake Necessary?

Murder on the Orient Express makes for some great set pieces and period costumes but the whodunnit mystery doesn’t really need another adaptation. Director Kenneth Branagh, working from a screenplay written by Michael Green, has gathered an all-star cast but with so many suspects, there’s a major fight for screen time. A Rabbi, a Priest, and an Imam walk up to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and despite the making of a classic joke, there’s…

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Chicago Comedy Film Festival: Room for Rent

Selected for the Chicago Comedy Film Festival, Room for Rent is a film that should be seen as a lesson for lottery winners when it comes to dealing with finances. Matt Atkinson makes his feature debut as the writer/director of Room for Rent, a film that could very well be an AirBNB or Craigslist horror story brought to life.  Atkinson directs from a script that pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock.  It’s not a horror film per…

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STANDING IN SOLIDARITY: Disney blacks out the Los Angeles Times

Last week, film critics and reporters were alerted to The Walt Disney Company’s media blackout of the Los Angeles Times.  As a Disney shareholder, I am not pleased that they are preventing a newspaper and their critics/reporters from doing their jobs. I tweeted my disgust as soon as I heard about it: Important to note. I am a @Disney shareholder and I'm not happy about this one but. I'm team @latimes here for a free…

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Director Stephen Cone talks Princess Cyd

Chicago-based filmmaker Stephen Cone spoke to Solzy at the Movies about Princess Cyd during the Chicago International Film Festival. Among the topics Cone and I discussed were the filmmaking scene in Chicago and whether or not LGBTQ filmmakers are the best people to make LGBTQ-themed films. Written and directed by Cone, the film stars Rebecca Spence, Jessie Pinnick, Malic White, James Vincent Meredith, Tyler Ross, and Matthew Quattrocki. The film will be released at the Museum…

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Thor: Ragnarok is Marvel’s Most Fun Film

Thor: Ragnarok is Marvel’s most fun film and raises the bar as Thor teams up with Hulk to save Asgard. Taika Waititi moves into the director’s chair, following both Kenneth Branagh and Alan Taylor, and gives us the best film in the series and maybe even all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, helped by a screenplay written by Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost.  The script incorporates some of the Planet Hulk…

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Austin Film Festival: Transformer

Premiering at the Austin Film Festival, Transformer is a moving documentary telling the story of transgender power lifter Janae Kroczaleski. Michael Del Monte directs the documentary of the power lifter who struggled with her gender identity for many years–as most transgender people have.  When the former US Marine was outed on a YouTube video as a transgender woman in 2015, her life fell apart.  She still had her children and they couldn’t have been more…

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