Scene at Chi Film Fest: ‘Spencer,’ ‘Mayor Pete’

Sorry for the delay, folks. Am I flattering myself in thinking that anyone was actually waiting for this? Probably, but I don’t mind. While I hope my CIFF coverage over the course of fall break has expanded your watchlist — or maybe even encouraged you to participate in the local arts in the future —… Continue reading Scene at Chi Film Fest: ‘Spencer,’ ‘Mayor Pete’

Scene at Chi Film Fest: ‘Belfast,’ ‘Cow’

No introduction today — here’s what I saw since we last spoke. "Belfast" One of this year’s Gala Presentations is “Belfast,” the new film written and directed by Kenneth Branagh. The 60-year-old actor turned filmmaker has had a long and accomplished career: he’s made several Shakespeare adaptations, most notably “Henry V” and “Hamlet”; he’s starred… Continue reading Scene at Chi Film Fest: ‘Belfast,’ ‘Cow’

‘Dick Johnson Is Dead’ breathes life into 2020 moviegoing

Dick Johnson is dead. Well, sort of. Not really. The 86-year-old psychologist is still kicking but with a little less verve than usual. He’s scheduling different clients at the same time, asking the same questions only minutes apart and just the other day, he drove through a construction site on four flat tires. Like his… Continue reading ‘Dick Johnson Is Dead’ breathes life into 2020 moviegoing