With an end to the 2017 summer movie season, it’s time to round up my favorite films of this summer. While I was credentialed for both the Chicago Critics Film Festival, the Fantasia International Film Festival, and remotely covered a few films selected for the Flyover Film Festival, I am not including any of those films unless they’ve been released in theaters, video on demand, or Digital HD. I’ll start with the documentaries. I’ve seen…"My Favorite Films of Summer 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"
Comedy movies have taken a toll at the box office this summer. What’s going on with this and how can it be fixed? Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros. have taken a hit with Baywatch, Rough Night, and The House, respectively. I’ve seen and reviewed both Baywatch and Rough Night. The House, however, was not screened for critics. Baywatch has struggled since it’s release. It’s made just over $57 million against a $69 million budget. It’s…"The House Fails and What’s Going On With Comedy Movies This Summer?"