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On-Air Film Review: A Fitting Group of Blockheads in ‘Tetris’

Tetris

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on March 30th, 2023, reviewing “Tetris,” the 1980s origin of the addictive video game. Currently in theaters, since March 31st.

SXSW2023: World Premiere of Documentary ‘Queendom’

Queendom SXSW

AUSTIN, TX – It’s ironic that the film “Queendom” played the SXSW Film & TV Festival right down the street from the Texas legislature, which is leading the charge in American for the dissolution of LGBTQ+ rights and specifically drag queens. This story is from Russia, which at one time was held up as the opposite to where American should be.

Slideshow: Opening Night at 58th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 12, 2022

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Steve James, director of ‘A Compassionate Spy.’

CHICAGO – Opening Night was a sensation for the 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF). Besides the Opening Night Red Carpet for the film “A Compassionate Spy,” a Block Party took place on the streets in front of Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre, in a memorable beginning to a Fest that runs through October 23rd.

Via Zoom: Steve James’ ‘A Compassionate Spy’ Opens the 58th Chicago International Film Fest

CHICAGO – The 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) is here, and opens Wednesday, October 12th, 2022, at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre with “A Compassionate Spy,” from master documentary maker Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”).

Podtalk: Director Daniel Roher New Doc Reveals Alexei ‘Navalny’

CHICAGO – “Navalny,” the latest documentary from director Daniel Roher, regards Russian presidential candidate Alexei Nalvany, who ran against Vladimir Putin and gained popular support. Famously, this resulted in being poisoned and exiled, and his story is currently on CNN and will stream on HBO Max beginning May 26th, 2022.

Via Zoom: Actor Tom Prior of ‘Firebird.’ Opening in Theaters on April 29, 2022

Firebird Movie

CHICAGO – With the subject of Russia at the top of the news, the roots of their oppressive attitudes are revealed in the new film “Firebird,” opening this Friday April 29th. The fascinating based-on-truth story is set in the Cold War era Soviet Union, and was co-written – with director Peeter Rebane – by Tom Prior, who also portrays Sergey, one of the lead roles in the film.

Interview: Author Lorraine Evanoff on Her New Novel ‘Devil’s Ledger’

CHICAGO – The Devil is in the Details. The old adage, which primarily describes accounting, is the basis for author Lorraine Evanoff’s third novel in her Louise Moscow Spy Thriller series, “Devil’s Ledger.” This time, her intrepid financial sleuth Louise Moscow investigates the failure of the world’s oldest bank … a mystery that may also contain the key to a hidden treasure.

Via Zoom: REELING39 LGBTQ+ Fest Opener is ‘Firebird’ with Tom Prior

CHICAGO – Opening Night is near – Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 – for the 39th edition of Chicago’s REELING film festival, an International LGBTQ+ showcase. The Opening film is “Firebird,” a based-on-truth gay love story set in Cold War Russia. It features actor Tom Prior, who co-wrote the film with director Peeter Rebane. For more info and tickets, click REELING39.

Film Review: Fists of Feminism! On-Air Review of ‘Black Widow’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on July 8th, 2021, reviewing the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Widow,” in theaters and streaming on Disney+ Premium Access on July 9th.

Film Review: Russia! On-Air Reviews of ‘Sputnik’ & ‘Red Penguin’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on August 13th, 2020, reviewing the new films (VOD, virtual theaters online, actual theaters) “Sputnik” and “Red Penguins.”

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