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SXSW2024: ‘Road House’ Opens SXSW Film/TV Fest, Friday, Mar 8

CHICAGO – A reimagining of the 1980s cult classic “Road House,” featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, is the Opening Night Film for the 2024 SXSW Film & TV Festival on March 8th, 2024. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com will be covering the festival through March 13th.

On-Air Film Review: Spice of Life Found in Epic ‘Dune Part Two’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 29th, 2024, reviewing “Dune Part Two,” the highly anticipated continuation of director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of author Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic. In theaters beginning March 1st, 2024.

Audio Theater Review: Invictus Theatre’s ‘Topdog/Underdog'

CHICAGO – When two brothers confront the sins of each other and it expands into a psychology of an entire race, it’s at a stage play found in Chicago’s Invictus Theatre Company production of “Topdog/Underdog,” now at their new home at the Windy City Playhouse through March 31st, 2024. Click TD/UD for tickets/info.

Podtalk: Exec Director Jude Blackburn of Chicago Irish Film Festival, Feb. 29-Mar. 10, 2024

CHICAGO – The 2024 Chicago Irish Film Festival celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary and the Opening Night is February 29th, with the drama “Verdigris.” The in-person fest is through March 3rd, and the online fest is March 4th-10th. Click IRISH FEST for tickets and details.

Podtalk: Director Michael Glover Smith & Cast on ‘Handle With Care’

CHICAGO – Writer/Director Michael Glover Smith has established himself as a preeminent filmmaker of unique emotional passages. His latest short film, “Handle With Care,” featuring Mickey O’Sullivan and Alyssa Thordarson, will have its World Premiere on Opening Night (Feb. 29, 2024) at the George Lindsey Film Festival in Alabama. For more info, click HANDLE.

On Air Review: Dior & Chanel Design ‘The New Look’ on Apple TV+

New Look, The

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Ben Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 22th, 2024, reviewing the Apple TV+ series “The New Look,” which profiles the real people and their WW2-era decisions, behind fashion’s greatest names and brands. Currently streaming on the Apple TV+ platform.

On-Air Film Review: Accelerate with Ethan Coen’s ‘Drive-Away Dolls’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Ben Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 22th, 2024, reviewing “Drive-Away Dolls,” a new film from absurdist master Ethan Coen. In theaters beginning February 23rd .

Audio Theater Review: Future is Ours in ‘brother sister cyborg space’ at Raven Theatre Chicago

CHICAGO – As we’re well into the 21st Century, we seem to have more challenges than solutions. The latest stage play from Chicago’s Raven Theatre performs this in “brother sister cyborg space,” now playing through March 17th, 2024. Click SPACE for tickets/info.

Audio TV Feature: For Black History Month, PBS & Henry Louis Gates Jr. Present “Gospel”


CHICAGO – The roots of freedom and redemption for Black Americans in their history in this country is within the Black church and its joyful noise. PBS and Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. (“Finding Your Roots”) presents a special overview for Black History Month 2024 of the influential music not only in the Black culture but all popular music culture in the new docuseries entitled “Gospel”

Podtalk: John Mossman on ‘Good Guy with a Gun,’ Available for Digital Download on Feb. 20, 2024

Good Guy with a Gun, Digital Release

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.

Podtalk: Exec Director Terell Johnson of Chicago Philharmonic on ‘Philms’ Series, Auditorium Theatre

Auditorium Phlims Series BLADE RUNNER

CHICAGO – The popularity of symphonic orchestras providing live soundtracks to classic films is about to get the series treatment in the Windy City. The Chicago Philharmonic and the Auditorium Theatre presents the Auditorium Philms Concert Series, taking place at the Auditorium Theatre. The first film in the series will be “Blade Runner” on Saturday, February 17th, 2024.

Via Zoom: David Duchovny is a Father Figure in ‘Adam the First’

CHICAGO – The truth is out there for David Duchovny, and he is definitely a seeker. The actor, best known for the TV series “The X Files” and “Californication,” has a new film in theaters opening February 14th, in which he portrays a father figure to the title character in “Adam the First.”

Audio Film Review: Let’s Get Together for ‘Bob Marley One Love’

Bob Marley One Love

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Bob Marley One Love,” the music biopic of the famous Jamaican reggae legend during his most fertile international fame period in the 1970s up until his early demise from cancer in 1981. In theaters on February 14th.

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