May 2022

Podtalk: Michael Glover Smith Proves Everything is 'Relative'

CHICAGO – The journey from idea to completed film is a fever dream for the writer/director. Chicago-based filmmaker Michael Glover Smith has realized his dreams in his fourth feature film, “Relative.” The story of family, set in the neighborhood of Rogers Park, begins its local run at Music Box Theatre on June 8th, 2022.

On-Air Film Review: ‘Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers’ is a ‘90s Reunion

Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on May 20th, 2022, reviewing the new release, “Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers,” a reboot of the late 1980s/‘90s cartoon series featuring gumshoe chipmunks, streaming on Disney+ beginning May 20th.

’90s Reunion! On-Air Review of ‘Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers’

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Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on May 20th, 2022, reviewing the new release, “Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers,” a reboot of the late 1980s/‘90s cartoon series featuring gumshoe chipmunks, streaming on Disney+ beginning on May 20th.

On-Air Film Review: ‘Men’ Predicts Autumn of the Patriarchy

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CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 19th, reviewing “Men,” the latest film from visionary directory Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”), in theaters beginning May 20th.

Autumn of the Patriarchy! On-Air Film Review of ‘Men’

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Rating: 4.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 19th, reviewing “Men,” the latest film from visionary directory Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”), in theaters beginning May 20th.

On-Air Film Review: Genteel ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 19th, reviewing “Downtown Abbey: A New Era,” the second film version of the mega-popular BBC/PBS series, in theaters beginning May 20th.

Genteel! On-Air Film Review of ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’

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Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 19th, reviewing “Downtown Abbey: A New Era,” the second film version of the mega-popular BBC/PBS series, in theaters beginning May 20th.

Via Zoom: Director Stefan Forbes Wants You to ‘Hold Your Fire’

CHICAGO – Police reform and procedural alternatives in the U.S. continue to be in a hurricane of evolution. Despite the attention that the George Floyd incident brought to the perception, the law enforcement culture continues to resist. Stefan Forbes goes back to the past (1973), to inform them (and us) that change can work with his new documentary “Hold Your Fire.”

Exclusive Portrait: Selma Blair on New Memoir ‘Mean Baby’ at Chicago Humanities Festival

Selma Blair, photographed by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – The celebrity on the cover of the latest issue of People Magazine is Selma Blair. The actor has just released her memoir “Mean Baby” and talked about it at the Chicago Humanities Festival on May 14th, while photographed by Joe Arce for HollywoodChicago.com.

Film News: 2022 Doc10 Opening Night is 'The Janes' on May 19

CHICAGO – Doc10, the annual Chicago ten-film-documentary festival, opens on May 19th, 2022, with a ripped-from-the-headlines event. “The Janes” is the story of a Chicago collective from the late 1960s to early ‘70s that provided abortions in the pre-Roe v. Wade era. Click DOC10 for details and the complete list of films.

CCFF2022: FINAL Nights of Fest Highlighted by Patton Oswalt Appearance on May 19, 2022

Patton Oswalt, photo by Joe Arce.

CHICAGO – The 9th Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) wraps up on May 19th, 2022, with a special screening of the highly anticipated “I Love My Dad.” As part of this event, comedian/actor Patton Oswalt will appear. Click CCFF for schedule and ticket information.

CCFF2022: Preview of ‘Straighten Up and Fly Right’ & ‘Palm Trees and Power Lines’ on May 17

Straighten Up and Fly Right

CHICAGO – The 9th Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) is on DAY FIVE, and will feature two significant films from women directors … “Straighten Up and Fly Right” by Kristen Abate (with co-director Steven Tanenbaum) and “Palm Trees and Power Lines” by Jamie Back. The Fest continues through May 19th, click CCFF for schedule and ticket info.

On-Air Film Review: ‘On the Count of Three’ is a Pact Leader

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 12th, reviewing “On the Count of Three,” the directorial debut of comedian Jerrod Carmichael, in select theaters and through Video On Demand beginning May 13th.

Pact Leader! On-Air Film Review of ‘On the Count of Three’

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Rating: 4.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 12th, reviewing “On the Count of Three,” the directorial debut of comedian Jerrod Carmichael, in select theaters and through Video On Demand beginning May 13th.

CCFF2022: Chicago Critic’s Fest Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ‘Boogie Nights,’ on May 16

Boogie Nights

CHICAGO – The 9th Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) is on DAY FOUR, and will feature the film “Boogie Nights” – directed by Paul Thomas Anderson – in a special 25th Anniversary screening. The Fest continues through May 19th, click CCFF for schedule and ticket info.

CCFF2022: Preview of ‘Hold Your Fire’ with Stefan Forbes, May 15, 2022, at Music Box Theatre

Hold Your Fire CCFF 2022

CHICAGO – The 9th Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) is on DAY THREE, and will feature “Hold Your Fire,” a tense documentary recounting a police incident in 1973 New York City, directed by Stefan Forbes. The Fest continues through May 19th, click CCFF for schedule and ticket info.

CCFF2022: Preview of ‘To Leslie’ with Producer Ceci Cleary, May 14, 2022, at Music Box Theatre

To Leslie CCFF 2022

CHICAGO – The 9th Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) is rolling right along as the second night will feature “To Leslie,” a redemption film that features an excellent Andrea Risborough, directed by Michael Morris and produced by BluewaterLane Productions, who are represented by producer Ceci Cleary. The Fest continues through May 19th, click CCFF for schedule and ticket info.

CCFF2022: Opening Night Portraits of Director/Actor Cooper Raiff for ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’

CHICAGO – The lines were out the door, the buzz was in the air and the Opening Night film of the 9th Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) was “Cha Cha Real Smooth.” The Fest continues through May 19th, click CCFF for schedule and ticket info.

On-Air Film Review: ‘Firestarter’ in the Heat of the Moment

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on May 13th, 2022, reviewing “Firestarter,” a new remake of the 1984 adaptation of a Stephen King novel, opening in theaters and streaming on Peacock TV on May 13th.

Heat of the Moment! On-Air Review of ‘Firestarter’

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Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on May 13th, 2022, reviewing “Firestarter,” a new remake of the 1984 adaptation of a Stephen King novel, opening in theaters and streaming on Peacock TV on May 13th.

Via Zoom: Audrey Diwan & Anamarie Vartolomei of ‘Happening’

CHICAGO – In an extraordinary flash of timing, the new French film “Happening” gets a general release in select theaters on May 13th, right in the midst of an another abortion debate in the U.S. The story of a young woman seeking the procedure in 1963 features Anamarie Varolomei and is adapted by director Audrey Diwan. They spoke to HollywoodChicago.com.

Podtalk: Charles Coleman on FACETS Chicago 47th Anniversary

CHICAGO – Last week FACETS Multimedia Chicago began their 47th anniversary celebration, and throughout the month of May will have special programming associated with that milestone. Film Program Director Charles Coleman talks about these programs and more about FACETS with HollywoodChicago.com.

Film News: 2022 Chicago Critics Film Festival Opens with “Cha Cha Real Smooth” on May 13

CHICAGO – Another great film festival is back, as the full Chicago Critics Film Festival opens on May 13th, 2022, with “Cha Cha Real Smooth” at the Music Box Theatre. The Fest runs through May 19th, click CCFF for schedule and ticket info.

Exclusive Portrait: Director John Waters for New Novel at Spring Chicago Humanities Festival

CHICAGO – The legendary “Pope of Trash,” outrageous filmmaker John Waters, promoted his new novel “Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance” at the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) on May 7th, 2022, and HollywoodChicago.com was there.

Via Zoom: Kirsten Leslie Karadzhova for ‘Salon Des Artiste’ Art Song Series on May 7, 2022

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CHICAGO – The tradition of the music salon goes as far back as 16th Century Italy, and is designed as a destination “either to please or to educate.” On May 7th, 2022, Soprano Kirsten Leslie Karadzhova and pianist Paul Dykstra will present the first Art Song Series at Dykstra’s “Salon des Artiste” music studio in the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. For complete details regarding this “free to the public” event, see below.

On-Air TV Review: You Cannot Refuse the Miniseries ‘The Offer’

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CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 5th, reviewing the new miniseries “The Offer,” about the creation of the classic film “The Godfather,” currently streaming on Paramount+.

Film Review: Mechanical ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’

CHICAGO – “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” proves that more Doctor Stranges do not necessarily equal more fun. And more so than other comic book adventures, this seems like a cog in the Marvel machine first, and an adventure in its own right a very distant second.

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  • Offer, The

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 5th, reviewing the new miniseries “The Offer,” about the creation of the classic film “The Godfather,” currently streaming on Paramount+.

  • Murder on Horizon

    CHICAGO – Time to get back to live stage shows! The Otherworld Theatre of Chicago (Wrigleyville Neighborhood) presents an immersive sci-fi experience – AKA audience participation – on a space station, enticingly titled “Murder on Horizon.” The audience is part of solving the mystery as a futuristic gumshoe goes from suspect to suspect to find the killer of a prominent scientist.

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