CHICAGO – “Drinking Buddies” director Joe Swanberg’s latest release of the same star wattage is “Happy Christmas,” an even lower-fi story than the Olivia Wilde beer comedy, steered even more by the casting that it was able to assemble. However, with this movie Swanberg doesn’t so much worry about having a story that could be confused with a more mainstream romantic comedy if it were to have a bigger budget.
CHICAGO – Crime novelist Marcus Sakey takes his witty voice as an author to another medium tonight with the debut of The Travel Channel’s “Hidden City.” The first episode focuses on three of the most notable stories of the past of our fair windy city and the series displays potential to become the next breakout cable hit a la the network’s “No Reservations” with Anthony Bourdain.
CHICAGO – One of the most wonderful things about the world of documentary film is the complete unpredictability of the form. It seems much easier to look at a list of upcoming works from major and minor narrative directors and know what’s going to stand out at the end of the year than to even attempt the same thing with an upcoming batch of documentaries.
CHICAGO – Free advance-screening movie passes. No catch. Just click the link and RSVP. One film (“Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day”) screens in Chicago on March 6!
This week, we have passes for “Chicago 10,” “21,” “Stop-Loss,” “10,000 B.C.,” “College Road Trip,” “Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day,” “Under the Same Moon,” “Run Fatboy Run,” “The Bank Job,” “Never Back Down,” “Horton Hears a Who!,” “Meet the Browns” and “Married Life”. These passes go quickly, so if you’re interested in a particular film, snag your free ticket now!