Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier.

I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Chicago Premier by Jeff Garlin, the executive producer. It was also interesting to get to talk to the directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel as well as sit through the Q & A after the showing.
I must say this was a story that, as a filmmaker and Chicago resident, is a must see.

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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave.

Dallas Buyers Club

This is my newest review. I saw this film Saturday night and was quite impressed.

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Dallas Buyers Club.

Don Jon, Review

Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt),a 20 something bartender, opens the movie by listing those things that he values most, his car, his family, his church, and the unending stream of women he picks up in bars. He seems so successful at these conquests that the His two friends, that routinely accompany him, nick-named him “Don Jon.” Despite his ability to reliably attract “10s” into his bed each weekend; it is his obsession to watching porn that he tells us is his real climax.

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Don Jon.

Man of Steel

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Superman is America. He stands as a symbol of hope and patriotism, and, if director Zack Snyder is to be believed (which I do), the Superman S is the second most recognizable symbol in the world, just after the Christian cross. As if that wasn’t enough, Superman has too many powers. By the time Richard Donner, the director of the original Superman films, was done with him, Superman was out right invincible, prompting Bryan Singer (the director of the 2006 mockery, Superman Returns) to force a situation where Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey in that movie) tried to build an entire continent out of Kryptonite.

In short, reinventing the Man of Steel is no easy feat. Somehow though, Snyder and writers David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan (of the stunning Dark Knight trilogy) have managed to do just that.

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A Place Beyond the Pines

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Director: Derek Cianfrance
Writers: Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio,

Ryan Gosling … Luke
Eva Mendes … Romina
Anthony Pizza … Baby Jason (as Anthony Angelo Pizza, Jr.)
Craig Van Hook … Jack
Mahershala Ali … Kofi

 

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Evil Dead 2

Evil-dead 13Director: Fede Alvarez
Writers: Fede Alvarez (screenplay), Rodo Sayagues (screenplay),

Jane Levy … Mia
Shiloh Fernandez … David
Lou Taylor Pucci … Eric
Jessica Lucas … Olivia
Elizabeth Blackmore … NatalieEvil Dead

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