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On-Air Film Review: Hey-Hey ‘Monkey Man’ is a Hero of India

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on April 4th, 2024, reviewing “Monkey Man,” a new film by co-writer, director and lead actor Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”). In theaters on April 5th.

Podtalk: Sophia Wong Boccio of APUC Chicago on Season 18

CHICAGO – Wednesday, March 20th, will begin Season 18 of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC), a film festival that has grown and evolved to become a prime cultural influencer. The Founder and Curator of APUC, Sophia Wong Boccio, provides a preview to the new season below. For details, click SEASON 18.

On-Air Film Review: ‘It Lives Inside’ is a Battle of Assimilation

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on September 21st, 2023, reviewing “It Lives Inside,” a new horror film based on monster mythology from India. In theaters since September 22nd.

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.

On-Air Film Review: The Resister’s Life for Thee in ‘RRR’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on December 9th, reviewing the worldwide sensation from India “RRR,” an action movie featuring love and country, currently streaming on Netflix.

Podtalk: Richa Moorjani & Poorna Jagannathan on Season 3 of Netflix Series ‘Never Have I Ever’

CHICAGO – The groundbreaking Netflix TV series “Never Have I Ever” heads to Season Three, with the continuing adventures of Davi and her teen pals. Part of the supporting cast is Cousin Kamala (Richa Moorjani) and Mom Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan).

Via Zoom: Sophia Wong Boccio of Asian Pop-Up Cinema on Closing Night Film, ‘Ready O/r Knot’

Ready O/r Knot

CHICAGO – Within the successful Season 12 for the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) series of Chicago – the Closing Night film is Hong Kong’s “Ready O/r Knot” at the Davis Theater (relocated from the Lincoln Yards Drive-In) on May 7th, 2021 (rescheduled from May 1st/2nd) – were the usual variety of adventurous Asian films.

Film News: Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema Goes to the Drive-In Beginning April 15, 2021

APUC Season 12, 2021

CHICAGO – Season 12 continues for the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) series of Chicago with a series of 11 films at the Lincoln Yards Drive-In from April 15th through May 2nd, 2021. For a complete schedule and ticketing information, click here.

Film News: Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema Opens with ‘The Town of Headcounts,’ Mar 15, 2021

Town of Headcounts, The

CHICAGO – The Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) series of Chicago opens their Season 12 on March 15th, 2021, through their virtual/online platform, with the Japanese film “The Town of Headcounts.” You can access the film here through March 19th.

Film News: Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema Announces Season 12 Films

CHICAGO – The resilient Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) series of Chicago will begin Season 12 on March 15th, 2021, and will offer a unique three-part hybrid presentation culminating on May 1st. It opens with virtual/online films, then presents an “Oscar Contenders” event and concludes with films at the Lincoln Yards Drive-In.

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    CHICAGO – Just in time for Pride Month, Strawdog Theatre Co. presents an updated staging of the Oscar Wilde classic, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Strawdog policy … the tickets are FREE (donations encouraged), but you must put in a reservation by clicking EARNEST.

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