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2014 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

by Dave Jennings Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 1:57pm

For 10 days and two weekends, the 2014 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival will take you on an amazing journey with a wealth of character-driven stories, painterly and cutting-edge animation, and unforgettable award winning films. The first Oscar-qualifying film festival for children and families, the CICFF represents a rare opportunity for Chicagoans to see top award-winning films before anyone else.

The Return of TOMMY WISEAU: The Room

by Dave Jennings Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 12:33pm

Tommy Wiseau returns to the Music Box Theatre for two days (and nights) of GOOD IDEAS! (Thank’s Lisa!)

Something in the Air review

by Patrick McGavin Monday, February 25th, 2013, 5:29pm

Something in the Air has a rare and vital tone, a tough, honest and scrupulous reconstruction of the past, its youthful ardor mixed with a romantic verve, and how consideration of artistic choices and personal commitment spun on a dime, fleeting and often out of control and rapidly changing moment to moment.

You’re going to want to see it more than once: Upstream Color

by Mike D'Angelo Monday, February 25th, 2013, 5:22pm

Perhaps no movie you see this year will excite so much discussion.

Observant or obsessive? A review of Room 237

by Steve Prokopy Monday, February 25th, 2013, 5:09pm

What’s most amusing about Room 237 is how sure the subjects are that their version of what The Shining is about is the correct one. Phrases like “It’s obvious!” pop up more than once. But a favorite statement is: “How did I see this and nobody else did?” And while some of the experts’ observations and wild-guess interpretations are little more than intellectual exercises, a few are downright fascinating.

Sundance Film Festival: Park City to Chicago

by Patrick McGavin Monday, February 25th, 2013, 5:05pm

This year’s edition, which ran January 17-27, was a strong and distinctive one. Sundance is also, conveniently, the first major film festival of the calendar year, so it plays a large and exacting role in shaping the larger discourse. Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild played last year on the first full day of the festival, and it immediate created a sensation.

Troubled Youth: A review of War Witch

by Steve Prokopy Monday, February 25th, 2013, 4:59pm

The film features a powerful and provocative story and several of the finest, most natural performances I’ve seen in quite a while by first-time actors, including young Mwanza, whose work earned her the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.

Opening day of the 70mm Film Festival

by Dave Jennings Friday, February 15th, 2013, 9:35am

On this opening day of our 70mm Film Festival I want to share with you a bunch of short videos you have to watch on your computer screen, perhaps just so you are more appreciative of film when you come to the Music Box this week.

We Believe

Sunday, March 13th, 2011, 1:33pm

Directed by John Scheinfeld, We Believe: A Relationship That Lasts a Lifetime (2009) celebrates the devotion of the great city of Chicago for its beloved Chicago Cubs. This nostalgic documentary explores the relationship between Chicago, the Cubs and their inexplicably loyal fans. Shot during the failed 2008 Baseball season, We Believe documents the city and team as well as the 100th anniversary of the Cubs’ last World Series win while looking toward the team’s future. The film features cameos by Lou Piniella, Hugh Hefner, Billy Corgan, Ernie Banks, Joe Mantegna, Ron Santo and current as well as former players. It also features politicians, historians and their ever-faithful fans. Scheinfeld gives the world a look into the unique city of Chicago and why its citizens are so passionate about their team.

The Rookie

Sunday, March 6th, 2011, 1:57pm

As the weather starts to warm (yes, Chicago, I promise you it is), our thoughts turn to all things Spring. For me, nothing says spring more than Baseball. However, if it’s still a bit too cold to hit the batting cage and you don’t have the cash to go to Arizona or Florida, a baseball movie does just as well.

Today, we look at Disney’s The Rookie (2002). Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and written by Mike Rich (Secretariat), The Rookie tells the story of real-life Major League Pitcher, Jim Morris. A High School Chemistry Teacher and Baseball Coach, Morris is looking for a way to inspire his kids. He promises his team that if they can win the championship, he’ll go to the professional tryout they’ve been bugging him about. The kids win and he reluctantly goes to the tryout expecting to be cut immediately. There’s only one problem. Morris throws 12 consecutive pitches at 98 miles an hour and he’s signed by the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

*61

Sunday, February 27th, 2011, 1:28pm

As the weather starts to warm (yes, Chicago, I promise you it is), our thoughts turn to all things Spring. For me, nothing says spring more than baseball. However, if it’s still a bit too cold to hit the batting cage and you don’t have the cash to go to Arizona or Florida, a baseball movie does just as well.

Today, we look at *61 (2001). Directed by Billy Crystal and produced by HBO, *61 revisits the first serious attempt at breaking Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. It’s the summer of 1961. New York Yankees’ Roger Maris (Barry Pepper) and Mickey Mantle (Thomas Jane) are on pace to do it. You couldn’t write the storyline better. The torch is about to be passed from one heroic Yankee to another. However, there’s a problem.

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