February 2023

Audio Film Review: Jim Gaffigan is Floored in ‘Linoleum’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Linoleum,” featuring comedian Jim Gaffigan as a middle aged man of science facing a point of his life in crisis, facilitated by a rocket landing in his backyard. In select theaters beginning February 24th, see local listings.

Jim Gaffigan Floored! Audio Film Review of ‘Linoleum’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.5/5.0
Rating: 4.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Linoleum,” featuring comedian Jim Gaffigan as a middle aged man of science facing a point of his life in crisis, facilitated by a rocket landing in his backyard. In select theaters beginning February 24th, see local listings.

On-Air Film Review: A Reunion of Self in ‘Return to Seoul’

Return to Seoul

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker in for Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 23rd, 2023, reviewing “Return to Seoul,” a meditation on an adoptee and identity. In select theaters beginning February 24th.

Reunion of Self! On-Air Film Review of ‘Return to Seoul’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 5.0/5.0
Rating: 5.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker in for Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 23rd, 2023, reviewing “Return to Seoul,” a meditation on an adoptee and identity. In select theaters beginning February 24th.

On-Air Film Review: She Don’t Lie She Don’t Lie Etc. ‘Cocaine Bear’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker in for Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 23rd, 2023, reviewing “Cocaine Bear,” the based-on-truth coked up animal story. In theaters beginning February 24th.

She Don’t Lie Times 3! On-Air Film Review of ‘Cocaine Bear’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker in for Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 23rd, 2023, reviewing “Cocaine Bear,” the based-on-truth coked up animal story. In theaters beginning February 24th.

Podtalk: John Mossman on ‘Good Guy with a Gun’ at Midwest Film Festival, February 27, 2023

Good Guy with a Guy, MFF 2/27/23

CHICAGO – The controversial phrase “Good Guy with a Gun” is now a title for the latest feature film from John Mossman, who wrote and directed the story of a mother and son trying to rebuild their lives after losing their husband/father to gun violence. The twist is they’re rebuilding in a small town with an entrenched gun culture. The film makes its Midwest Premiere at Chicago’s Midwest Film Festival, on Monday February 27th, 2023, at the downtown Gene Siskel Film Center.

Audio Film Review: Re-Realized ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for the re-release of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the 2000 classic directed by Ang Lee and featuring Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once). The 4K restoration is currently in theaters (see local listings).

Re-Realized! Audio Film Review of ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 5.0/5.0
Rating: 5.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for the re-release of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the 2000 classic directed by Ang Lee and featuring Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once”). The 4K restoration is currently in theaters (see local listings).

Entertainment News: Prolific Movie Star Stella Stevens Dies at 84

Stella Stevens, photo by Joe Arce 2011

LOS ANGELES – Stella Stevens had a prolific and adventurous career, especially considering all the famous co-stars and directors she encountered over her 60 year run. She began near end of the studio system in the late 1950s, and worked through the first decade of the post millennium. Stevens was 84 years old when she passed away February 17th, 2023, in her native Los Angeles.

Audio Film Review: Piercing Piece for Julianne Moore in ‘Sharper’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Sharper,” a new film from A24 and Apple TV+ featuring Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan and John Lithgow in a film about deception and circumstances. Currently in select theaters (see local listings) and streaming on Apple TV+ beginning February 24th.

Piercing Piece! Audio Film Review of ‘Sharper’ with Julianne Moore

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Sharper,” a new film from A24 and Apple TV+ featuring Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan and John Lithgow in a film about deception and circumstances. Currently in select theaters (see local listings) and streaming on Apple TV+ beginning February 24th.

On-Air Film Review: ‘Marlowe’ Confronts the Black-Eyed Blonde

Marlowe

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 16th, 2023, reviewing “Marlowe,” featuring Liam Neeson as the famous private eye Philip Marlowe. In theaters beginning February 15th.

Black-Eyed Blonde! On-Air Film Review of ‘Marlowe’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 16th, 2023, reviewing “Marlowe,” featuring Liam Neeson as the famous private eye Philip Marlowe. In theaters beginning February 15th.

Film Review: Shrink Wrapped ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania’

CHICAGO – Ant-Man gets supersized in this agreeable Marvel Studios movie, which pits our tiny hero against his most formidable foe yet. While the first two Ant-Man movies were largely comic detours where the bug sized superhero carved a small but charming place in the larger universe, the third Ant-Man and the Wasp film puts him squarely at the center of the next phase of Marvel moviemaking.

Shrink Wrapped ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Ant-Man gets supersized in this agreeable Marvel Studios movie, which pits our tiny hero against his most formidable foe yet. While the first two Ant-Man movies were largely comic detours where the bug sized superhero carved a small but charming place in the larger universe, the third Ant-Man and The Wasp film puts him squarely at the center of the next phase of Marvel moviemaking.

Entertainment News: Movie Star Siren Raquel Welch Dies at 82

LOS ANGELES – Raquel Welch never let anyone define who she was, despite being touted as a sex symbol in her early career. She defined sexy in films such as “One Million Years B.C.,” “Fantastic Voyage” and the 1970s Three Musketeers series. The movie star and entrepreneur died at age 82 at her home in Los Angeles.

Exclusive Portraits: Valentine's Day with Pamela Anderson

CHICAGO – How about a Pamela-thon for Valentine’s Day? The 1990s sex symbol Pamela Anderson is going through a current revival with two TV works about her life and a major book release. Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com went through his archives and found four Exclusive Portraits of PA from 2010.

On-Air Film Review: To Thine Own Self in ‘Somebody I Used to Know’

Somebody I Used to Know

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 9th, 2023, reviewing “Somebody I Used to Know,” created by husband and wife team Dave Franco and Alison Brie. Streaming on Prime Video beginning February 10th.

To Thine Own Self! On-Air Film Review of ‘Somebody I Used to Know’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 9th, 2023, reviewing “Somebody I Used to Know,” created by husband and wife team Dave Franco and Alison Brie. Streaming on Prime Video beginning February 10th.

On-Air Film Review: ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ For Love

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 9th, 2023, reviewing “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” the third of the male dancer films featuring Channing Tatum. In theaters on February 10th.

For Love! On-Air Film Review of ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 9th, 2023, reviewing “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” the third of the male dancer films featuring Channing Tatum. In theaters on February 10th.

Podtalk: Dave Franco & Alison Brie of ‘Somebody I Used to Know’

CHICAGO – How about a precisely done comedy of romance in time for Valentine’s Day weekend? Prime Video presents “Somebody I Used to Know,” a collaboration between a real-life married couple … director/co-writer Dave Franco (“The Rental”) and co-writer/lead actor Alison Brie (“GLOW,” “Mad Men”).

Audio Film Review: These Broken Wings in ‘All That Breathes’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “All That Breathes,” one of the five nominees for Best Documentary Feature at the upcoming 95th Oscars, directed by Shaunak Sen. On HBO and streaming on HBO Max beginning February 7th.

These Broken Wings! Audio Film Review of ‘All That Breathes’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 5.0/5.0
Rating: 5.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “All That Breathes,” one of the five nominees for Best Documentary Feature at the upcoming 95th Oscars, directed by Shaunak Sen. On HBO and streaming on HBO Max beginning February 7th.

Audio Film Review: Together They Go in Oscar Nominated ‘Close’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Close,” one of the five nominees for Best International Feature at the upcoming 95th Oscars, written and directed by Lukas Dhont. In wide theater release in the U.S. beginning February 3rd.

Together They Go! Audio Film Review of Oscar Nominated ‘Close’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.5/5.0
Rating: 4.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Close,” one of the five nominees for Best International Feature at the upcoming 95th Oscars, written and directed by Lukas Dhont. In wide theater release in the U.S. beginning February 3rd.

On-Air Film Review: Somebody Answers the ‘Knock at the Cabin’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 2nd, 2023, reviewing “Knock at the Cabin,” the 15th feature film of the Master of Unsettling Emotions, M. Night Shyamalan. In theaters on February 3rd.

Somebody Answer! On-Air Film Review of ‘Knock at the Cabin’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 5.0/5.0
Rating: 5.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 2nd, 2023, reviewing “Knock at the Cabin,” the 15th feature film of the Master of Unsettling Emotions, M. Night Shyamalan. In theaters on February 3rd.

On-Air Series Review: Let’s Get Small! ‘Shrinking’ on Apple TV+

Shrinking

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on January 27th, reviewing the new TV series “Shrinking,” featuring Jason Segel and Harrison Ford. Currently streaming on Apple TV+.

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