Motherhood

Audio Film Review: Mother Courage in Savannah Leaf’s ‘Earth Mama’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Earth Mama,” written and directed in her feature film debut by Savannah Leaf, which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and is distributed by A24, known for their provocative film fare. In theaters since July 21st.

On-Air Film Review: Got to Begin Again with ‘Resurrection’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on July 29th, 2022, reviewing the film “Resurrection,” featuring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth, currently in theaters.

On-Air Film Review: M is for the Many in ‘Parallel Mothers’

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CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on January 20th, 2022, reviewing the 22nd film of writer/director Pedro Almodóvar, “Parallel Mothers,” in select theaters now.

On-Air Film Review: Now I’m Found! ’The Lost Daughter’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on December 30th, 2021, reviewing the directorial debut of actor Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Lost Daughter,” currently streaming on Netflix.

Film Review: Charlize Theron in ‘Tully’ Turns Mom Into Martyr

CHICAGO – “Tully” is a deeply weird motherhood fantasy snuck inside the friendly-but-distancing screenwriting constructs of another pseudo ironic story by Diablo Cody. Charlize Theron plays Margo, a mother of two kids with a third due any day, struggling with the sacrifices she’s made for motherhood.

Opening Night: Star Power at the Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO – The big hitters were out on the red carpet, kicking off the 45th Chicago International Film Festival. Opening with Uma Thurman’s “Motherhood,” prominent artists, politicians and Uma herself graced the proceedings.

Uma Thurman to Walk Red Carpet For Opening Night of 45th Chicago International Film Festival

Motherhood

CHICAGO – The 45th Chicago International Film Festival will open with Katherine Dieckmann’s “Motherhood” and a star-studded red carpet where the film’s writer and director, Dieckmann and actress Uma Thurman at the AMC River East 21 Theater (322 E. Illinois St in Chicago) on Thursday, October 8th at 7pm.

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