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Film Feature: The Best Films of 2013

It was too good a year for ten. The best year in cinema since 2007 saw such a diverse, fascinating array of art that included amazing works from some of our most well-known directors (Joel & Ethan Coen, Martin Scorsese, Alexander Payne, Hayao Miyazaki) alongside its newer voices (Shane Carruth, Destin Cretton, Joshua Oppenheimer, James Ponsoldt).

Blu-ray Review: Shane Carruth’s ‘Upstream Color’ Gets More Riveting with Repeat Viewing

Upstream Color

CHICAGO – I’ve always adored movies that get people talking, whether they agree with me or not. Movies should provoke discussion and no film this year has provoked more than Shane Carruth’s divisive “Upstream Color,” already available in a simple Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with no special features. Don’t worry. The movie is special enough.

Film Review: Amy Seimetz Offers Startling Debut in ‘Sun Don’t Shine’

CHICAGO – Every once in awhile, a year feels like it just belongs to a certain actor or actress. 2011 was the year of Jessica Chastain. It looks like 2013 could be the year of Amy Seimetz.

Film Review: Shane Carruth Challenges Perception with ‘Upstream Color’

CHICAGO – Can a film be more poetry than prose? We’ve certainly seen masterpieces that defy easy plot recap like Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life” and David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive” but Shane Carruth takes the concept a step further with his daring, mesmerizing “Upstream Color,” a work of art that will infuriate as many as it enraptures.

Film News: Shane Carruth Explores ‘Upstream Color’ on Indie Outlook

Shane Carruth Indie Outlook

CHICAGO – “Primer” director Shane Carruth gave an exclusive interview to Indie Outlook, the independent film blog and podcast created by Hollywood Chicago writer Matt Fagerholm, about his acclaimed Sundance prize-winner, “Upstream Color.” The film makes its Chicago premiere at the Music Box Theatre on Friday, April 12th, and Carruth will be present for the opening night double bill of “Primer” and “Upstream Color.”

Film News: ‘Fruitvale’ Wins 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize

CHICAGO – Joseph Gordon-Levitt presented the winners on Saturday evening, January 26, 2013 for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Past winners of the Grand Jury Prize for Drama include “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Winter’s Bone,” “Precious,” and “American Splendor.” This year’s winners are listed below.

Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of Sundance 2013

CHICAGO – The general consensus in Park City this year was that the overall quality of films presented to critics, industry, and paying audiences was near the highest it’s ever been. There seemed to be a lack of true stand-outs — I heard people say “There’s no Beasts of the Southern Wild” repeatedly — but the overall picture was a pretty one.

2013 Sundance Diary, Day 5: Coming-of-Age Stories Dominate the Fest

PARK CITY, Utah – Perhaps it’s due to the success of the Sundance hit “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and its story of a girl who was forced to grow up too soon or just the fact that it’s a common theme of independent cinema but coming-of-age stories dominated this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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  • Not One Batu

    CHICAGO – The State of Hawaii may be one of the most misunderstood in America. Because of its reputation as a tourist mecca, the fact that native peoples live and work there like any other place is hard to imagine. Also unimaginable is the drug use of island residents, but playwright and Hawaiian native Hannah li-Epstein wrote about it in her stage play “Not One Batu,” now in its Premiere Chicago run at the Berger Park Coach House through July 28th, 2018. For more information, including tickets, click here.

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    CHICAGO – Has anybody in show business had more “comebacks” than Cher… or if you added her many last names Cher Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman? All of the triumphs and downturns are shoehorned into “The Cher Show,” now in Chicago in a pre-Broadway run through July 15, 2018. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

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