Screen shot from "Hum 255" (1970)
24 Jan 2016

Kartemquin Films 50: ‘Hum 255’

At the University of Chicago, during the winter quarter of 1968-1969, students protest the firing of Professor Marlene Dixon and occupy an administration building. They sing “We Shall Not Be Moved” and appear on film describing how they view student power. A number of the students see their action as

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Scene from "Thumbs Down" (Photo by Kartemquin Films)
16 Jan 2016

Kartemquin Films 50: ‘Thumbs Down’ and ‘Parents’

In the early years of Kartemquin Films, the group produced cinéma vérité documentaries. Co-founders Gordon Quinn and Jerry Temaner were interested in “cinematic social inquiry.” And, at its core, the concept was films could be created to promote social change. One of the pioneering films produced in 1967 is “Thumbs

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Screen shot from trailer for "The Hateful Eight"
09 Jan 2016

Review: ‘Hateful Eight’ Evokes Nostalgia for When Going to Movies Was an Event

For Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, the director pushed for “The Hateful Eight” to be distributed and screened in 70mm. The Weinstein Company provided immense support and helped Tarantino craft a roadshow experience to make seeing this epic an event. Venues were outfitted so that the 70mm format could be projected

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Mark Baum (Steve Carell) in "The Big Short"
11 Dec 2015

Review: ‘The Big Short’ Hilariously Depicts Crash of American Economy

With an incredible ensemble of actors, director Adam McKay transforms the tragedy of the collapse of the American economy in 2007 into a hilarious, informative, and mesmerizing tale of how it all unfolded. The film is based on Michael Lewis’ best-selling nonfiction book of the same title and follows a set

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Dolmedes (Samuel L. Jackson). | Screen shot from "Chi-Raq" trailer
05 Dec 2015

Film Review: ‘Chi-Raq’ is Timely Piece of Satire That Comes From Place of Love

Few films in recent years have been as polarizing as Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq.” Before it premiered, numerous well-meaning people throughout the United States, especially in Chicago, had already chosen to oppose the film, even though they had not seen it. It is too bad these people did not wait to

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Screen shot from Laurie Anderson's "Heart of a Dog" documentary
20 Nov 2015

Film Review: ‘Heart of a Dog’ Is A Wondrous Meditation On Life & Death

Laurie Anderson’s documentary, “Heart of a Dog,” is an intensely personal meditation on life and death, and a reflection on American culture after 9/11.

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FBI agent Kate Macer played by Emily Blunt (Screen shot from LIONSGATE Publicity Trailer for press)
07 Oct 2015

Film Review: In ‘Sicario,’ What Happens When FBI Agent Threatens to Expose True War on Drugs

In ‘Sicario’ as in real life, those who have the integrity to challenge authority, like Emily Blunt’s character, do so at great risk to their livelihood.

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