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DAY NINE: Kenneth Branagh film 'Belfast' at 57th Chicago International Film Fest, Oct. 21, 2021

Kenneth Branagh

CHICAGO – Day Nine of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) honors actor Kenneth Branagh In presenting “Belfast,” the nostalgic homage to his hometown Irish city during the 1960s. This is Branagh’s 23rd film as director. (click BELFAST for details).

Via Zoom: Bobcat Goldthwait's New Film Takes a ‘Joy Ride’

CHICAGO – The career of comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is a wild roller coaster of hilarity and passion, so naturally his latest film is called “Joy Ride.” The film will be co-presented by the Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre on October 22th, 2021. Bobcat and Dana Gould, his tour partner in the documentary, will attend. Click JOY RIDE for details.

DAY EIGHT: Rebecca Hall film 'Passing' at 57th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 20, 2021

CHICAGO – Day Eight of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) welcomes actor Rebecca Hall, presenting her debut film as director, “Passing,” the emotional story of racial identity in the early 20th Century (click PASSING for details).

Audio Film Review: Man With the Golden Pen! Review of ‘Algren’

Algren

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on the new documentary film “Algren” – regarding iconic Chicago author and character, Nelson Algren – in select theaters and through Video on Demand.

Audio Film Review: Ingmar Persona-fied! Review of ‘Bergman Island’

Bergman Island

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on the new filmmaker-on-filmmaker narrative film “Bergman Island” – the first English language film by Mia Hansen Løve – currently in select theaters, see local listings for theaters and show times.

Audio Film Review: Mr. Roboto Domesto! Review of ‘I’m Your Man’

I'm Your Man

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on the sci-fi romance “I’m Your Man” – featuring Dan Stevens (Disney’s live action “Beauty & the Beast”) – currently in select theaters.

DAY SEVEN: Centerpiece 'C’mon C’Mon' at 57th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 19, 2021

CHICAGO – Day Seven of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) highlights the Centerpiece Film “C’mon C’mon.” The upcoming fall film was directed by Mike Mills (“Beginners”) and features Joaquin Phoenix (click C’MON for details).

DAY SIX: Monday is ‘Dune’ Day at 57th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 18, 2021

Dune

CHICAGO – Day Six of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) morphs from Monday to “Dune”Day. The exquisite film adaptation of the iconic novel is nothing short of miraculous, especially if you love the source (click DUNE for details).

Film Review: 'Halloween Kills' Challenges What We Know About the Franchise

CHICAGO – There’s no way around it, horror is one of the most difficult film genres to work within. It constantly needs to be evolving in order to keep up with the ever-growing terror that is living in the 21st century. It becomes harder and harder to fear something, like say, a possessed doll you could probably just stop by kicking it away.

DAY FIVE: Chicago Film History at 57th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 17, 2021

CHICAGO – Day Five of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) will present a documentary on Oscar Micheaux, the originator of black filmmaking, who began in Chicago. (click OSCAR MICHEAUX for details), as well as a whole slate of films and events.

On-Air Film Review: Parental Grievance! Review of ‘Mass’

Mass

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on October 7th, 2021, reviewing the new Bleecker Street Media film “Mass,” in select theaters beginning October 15th.

DAY FOUR: Holly Morris of 'Exposure' at 57th Chicago International Film Fest, Oct. 16, 2021

CHICAGO – Day Four of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) will feature a filmmaker appearance by Holly Morris of the documentary “Exposure” (click EXPOSURE for details), and many other special events.

DAY THREE: Thriller Films on Tap at 57th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 15, 2021

CHICAGO – Day Three of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF), and the festival kicks into gear with many notable films, including the much anticipated thriller “Antlers” at the ChiTown Movies Drive-In (click ANTLERS for details).

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