Film & TV

A black teenage girl struggles with racial identity and tensions in “The Hate U Give,” directed by George Tillman Jr. (“Soul Food,” Men of Honor”). Based off of the book by New York Times best-selling …

Film & TV

AMC River East (322 E. Illinois St.) was flooded with audiences Oct. 10 through Oct. 21 as it hosted the 54th annual Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF). With over 50 countries represented, CIFF provides countless …

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“First Man” tells the story of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) from his days as a test pilot in California to his first steps on the moon. Instead of putting the primary focus on the historical …

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When it comes to constructive self-criticism, 13-year-old actor Sunny Suljic is unsurpassed.  Sitting on a couch inside Chicago’s Waldorf Astoria alongside fellow co-stars and film newcomers Olan Prenatt, Ryder McLaughlin and Gio Galicia, Suljic looks …

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In director Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Melissa McCarthy (“Spy,” “The Boss”) dismantles the male gaze with vigor and ingenuity — one glass of whiskey at a time.  In arguably one of the …

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Sony Pictures’ “Venom,” released Oct. 5, offers an interesting take on the iconic Spider-Man villain but falls into the trap of becoming a generic action film. “Venom” follows the story of Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), …

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Few films capture the visceral effects addiction has on the body, mind and spirit better than Felix Van Groeningen’s (“Belgica,” “The Broken Circle Breakdown”) latest release, “Beautiful Boy,” starring Oscar-nominated actors Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher,” “The …

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“A Star is Born,” a newly released film starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, and Dolby Cinema — Dolby’s most advanced digital media experience employing surround sound and 4k lasers — fully immerses audiences into …