• Fantastic Fungi Runs October 18-24 at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center
    Louie Schwartzberg's acclaimed documentary "Fantastic Fungi" opens today for a week-long run at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. Click here for the complete list of showtimes spanning Friday, October 18th to Thursday, October 24th, and to order tickets. Schwartzberg will be in attendance for Q&As following tonight's 8pm screening, while accompanied by Meghan […]
  • Zombieland: Double Tap
    The vast majority of sequels are unnecessary, but “Zombieland: Double Tap” feels particularly so, especially coming out a decade after the original. The first “Zombieland” from 2009 was a lot of fun, with its gleeful balance of gore and snark and a bouncy, self-referential nature. It was a zombie movie that knew it was a […]
  • The Cave
    There are few moments of calm in a movie like Feras Fayyad’s follow-up documentary to “Last Men in Aleppo,” “The Cave.” Throughout Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, a spidery web of tunnels and escape passage give evacuees claustrophobically close but safe quarters. It’s the last chance for survival for many driven under the buildings they once […]
  • The Lighthouse
    Waves crash, birds scream, and rain pounds. Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse” wants to drive you a little mad. It’s not just a film about two people on the edge of sanity, it uses sound design and filmmaking tools to push you there too. It has the feel of watching someone else’s nightmare, and it’s not […]
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
    Angelina Jolie is one of the last movie stars, although in recent years, Hollywood has seemed mostly unable to fashion projects that would demonstrate why. Her work as Maleficent, the bad queen from Disney's "Sleeping Beauty," is a reminder of how electrifying and fun she can be.  Jolie first played the part in 2014's "Maleficent," a live-action […]
  • Greener Grass
    There's a scene in "Greener Grass," written and directed by Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe (who also co-star), where four families in golf carts sit at a four-way intersection. Everyone gestures at everybody else: "You go," "Oh, no, you go, I insist..." And so they sit at the intersection forever, smiles frozen on their faces, […]
  • The Elephant Queen
    A relatively staid first hour of Apple’s “The Elephant Queen,” opening in limited release today before being a part of the November 1st launch of Apple TV Plus, gives way to a remarkably touching final act. I wish more of Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone’s nature documentary didn’t feel so familiar, but I can’t deny […]
  • Jojo Rabbit
    There’s something impressive about someone like Taika Waititi taking all of that Marvel money that’s just sitting in a room in his house and making a movie that he otherwise never would have been able to get financed. A coming-of-age comedy about Nazis isn’t exactly on the wish lists of most studios in 2019. And […]
  • Wounds
    While the film that follows owes more of a debt to H.P. Lovecraft and William S. Burroughs, Babak Anvari opens his “Wounds” with a quote from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness that ends with “It echoed loudly within him because he was hollow at the core.” Armie Hammer’s Will is definitely hollow at the core. […]
  • Eli
    Without spoiling anything, “Eli,” the latest in a veritable deluge of Netflix Original horror movies, relies so heavily on a twist that its occasionally effective filmmaking and solid performances collapse under its weight. As the truth behind what really is happening in Ciaran Foy’s film revealed itself, I couldn’t help thinking that A) there’s a stronger […]

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