Two historic dramas headline a comparatively slow weekend for new Specialty roll outs vs. last weekend's heavy roster. Bleecker Street/ShivHans Pictures' Hotel Mumbai with Oscar-nominee Dev Patel and Golden Globe-nominee Armie Hammer will have a minimal start in New York and Los Angeles ahead of a fairly wide release in the coming weeks. The film recounts the true events in 2008 when terrorists laid siege of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai. Sony Pictures Classics is opening…
Johnny Carter is leaving Albert Square behind for Mid-World.
Astra Taylor's insightful documentary tackles a larger-than-life question: “What is Democracy?” The film, which is playing at the Northwest Film Forum until this Sunday, March 24, dives into issues like Black Lives Matter and voting rights while weaving in the ideologies of historic philosophers and successfully framing current political issues in the context of a global history of democracy. “Nothing beautiful without struggle,” is the Plato quote that the film opens with. “Plato's Republic” is used as an anchor throughout the film, with evocative quotes opening each new chapter. Taylor herself walks us through ancient Athens, explaining the birth of democracy. Local tour guides show the filmmaker
Everyone here is petty, self-interested and mean — under the circumstances, who wouldn't be? — but the movie's consoling, deeply humanist insight is that they remain people worth knowing. And Hu opens up their world with a dogged persistence matched only by his exquisite sensitivity. Within a narrative framework that might have seemed schematic in another filmmaker's hands, he allows his characters and their sad, often solitary experiences to command the attention of the camera and the viewer in turn.
I AM SO PROUD TO PRESENT THE SLATE FOR OUR 21st Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival—Ebertfest! The festival is presented in cooperation with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and will run from Wednesday, April 10th, through Saturday, April 13th. As we approach this sixth year of Roger's death, Festival Director Nate Kohn and I are honoring Roger with movies from his Four Star reviews list. We couldn't be happier than to welcome three of his favorite actresses, Virginia Madsen, Gina Gershon, and Jennifer Tilly, to this year's festival. Additionally, we are so pleased to present the Ebert Humanitarian Award to Morgan Neville and his film, "Won't You Be My Neighbor," a film about the
It's a while before we learn anything, even a name, about the title character in "The Wedding Guest." Played by Dev Patel, who delivers an unexpectedly stoic — yet predictably appealing — performance, he is a man of deep professionalism and equally deep mystery. Jay, as we eventually come to know him, has multiple passports, each of which uses a different name and all of which he carefully packs in his luggage as he prepares to fly from England to Pakistan. Upon his arrival there, he embarks on a road trip, ultimately ending up in the small town of Younganabad, one of many stops in this picturesque tour of the subcontinent. But this is no travelogue. Nor is it, as its title might imply, a romantic-comedy.
As onlookers watched from outside the gates of the illuminated Farrell Estate on St. Charles Avenue the evening of March 16, actors, directors, film and television industry employees and benefactors walked the red carpet as part of the 30th Anniversary Gala for the New Orleans Film Society. The society's 2019 Celluloid Hero was Susan Brennan, the owner and developer of Second Line Stages, the first LEED Gold certified, state-of-the-art, sustainable sound stages in the United States. She was praised for her contributions to arts and culture, and her pioneering vision for film infrastructure in New Orleans. More information about the New Orleans Film Society is online at https://neworleansfilmsociety.org.
How do you feel when you're watching a detective story and the murder is definitively solved at the halfway point? Cheated ... or intrigued? That's a good litmus test for how you'll respond to Out of Blue, a lush, unhurried new mystery thriller from writer-director Carol Morley. Loosely based on the Martin Amis novel Night Train, the film is an existential whodunit that's less concerned with big revelations than it is with deeper thoughts about quantum theory and stardust. It's bold and occasionally maddening, but there's not much other genre fare like it right now. Patricia Clarkson is all snarls as Detective Mike Hoolihan, a recovering alcoholic investigating the murder of an astrophysicist
Some mighty fancy millinery plays a key role in the Hungarian film Sunset. The hats are ornate and beautiful and way over the top, all of which might also be said of the paper-thin grandeur of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1913 as it teeters on the verge of collapse just before the outbreak of World War I. Budapest, the crown jewel of that empire, also teems with anarchists, cultists, con men, strongmen and all manner of unsavory types who reliably rush in to fill a social vacuum, all working under the radar of bourgeois decorum as the city feverishly prepares to celebrate a jubilee. We watch things fall apart through the vigilant eyes of a young woman in the eye of the storm, who may end up
Watch Stan Lee discuss his animated cameo in Big Hero 6. Disney's Big Hero 6 is now playing in 3D! From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter).
Freep Film Festival is coming - April 10-14, 2019 Making a living as a documentary filmmaker is no easy task. That's why Freep Film Festival has partnered with Chicago's Kartemquin Films to lead a discussion around creating a sustainable ecosystem for documentary professionals in Michigan and the Midwest. The conversation and workshop is one of several Freep Film Festival events featuring documentary mainstay Kartemquin, the Academy Award-nominated organization known for films like "Hoop Dreams," "Life Itself" and "Minding the Gap." "Freep Film Festival has long admired Kartemquin's amazing documentary work and their impact on the Midwest filmmaking community," said Kathy Kieliszewski, the fest's artistic
Cinema Capitol (230 W. Dominick St.) will present the Belgian stop-motion animated movie “This Magnificent Cake!” from Friday, March 22-Thursday, March 28. The program will include two animated short subjects and will be in various foreign languages with English subtitles. “This Magnificent Cake!” Is a dark but unforgettable work exploring the bitter milieu of Belgium-occupied Congo. In the late 19th century, King Leopold II of Belgium proclaimed, “I do not want to miss a good chance of getting us a slice of this magnificent African cake.” The subsequent occupation of the Congo would come to attract a contingent of servants, merchants, and miscellaneous bourgeois driven by everything from insatiable
The Capitol Theatre (220 W. Dominick St.) will present the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock-directed drama, “Rebecca,” on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 23, at 2:30 and 7 p.m. The first American movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the film was produced by David O. Selznick and was based on Daphne du Maurier's best-selling novel. The story revolves around a mousy paid companion who meets a dashing man-of-the-world and marries him, moving to his vast family homestead, “Manderley.” Haunted by the mystery surrounding her husband's first wife, the young woman is driven to despair as she unwittingly becomes involved in unravelling long-concealed dark secrets. The cast includes Joan Fontaine,
From the set: Michael Dougherty calls his Godzilla the 'Aliens' of the Franchise “I've been a fan of Godzilla since I was old enough to walk.” Director Michael Dougherty has had a hand in many fan-favorite movies in addition to his own passion projects. From X-Men 2 and Superman Returns to his hit horror films Trick 'r Treat and Krampus, his wheelhouse is the things that he's always loved. Superheroes. Horror movies. Monsters. But now he's on the movie he's been preparing for his entire life, the big one, the king of 'em all. “Every Saturday morning from the ages of 2 to 7 (my day) was the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla cartoon and Super Friends, and my local TV station had the old black and white Universal