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Chicago Critics Film Festival 2024: The Good, the Unremarkable, and the Dead on Arrival

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2024: The Good, the Unremarkable, and the Dead on Arrival

Axe murder, motor scooter theft, projectile breast milk and more from a week at the Music Box Theatre for the Chicago Critics Film Festival 2024.

Is ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ An Act of Surrender?

Is ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ An Act of Surrender?

After her psychological-horror debut Saint Maud, cinema took Rose Glass’ bright new voice in genre filmmaking and, with Love Lies Bleeding, clipped her wings.

‘Time of the Heathen’ Mixes Atomic Angst with Racial Woes

‘Time of the Heathen’ Mixes Atomic Angst with Racial Woes

Time of the Heathen is a nightmarish, hyper-edited, avant-garde freak-out as atomic angst and racial woes wend their way toward Shakespearean tragedy.

Philosophies and Ironies in Éric Rohmer’s ‘Tales of the Four Seasons’

Philosophies and Ironies in Éric Rohmer’s ‘Tales of the Four Seasons’

In Éric Rohmer’s ‘Tales of the Four Seasons’, everything exists on an elevated Expressionist plane; every detail dovetails into its hermetic philosophies and ironies.

Is the ‘Barbie’ Movie Performative Subversion or Meaningful Rebellion?

Is the ‘Barbie’ Movie Performative Subversion or Meaningful Rebellion?

Is the Barbie movie, like the Barbie dolls, a superficial attempt to co-opt feminist discourse? Or does it offer something substantial? 

Debut Drama ‘Mabel’ Rejects the ‘Matilda’-Like Dream of Childhood

Debut Drama ‘Mabel’ Rejects the ‘Matilda’-Like Dream of Childhood

Nicholas Ma’s humorous, warm and sensitive directorial feature debut, Mabel, embraces the messy uncertainty of life, for children and adults.

Nordic Noir in Transition: Jussi Adler-Olsen’s ‘Department Q’ Books on Film

Nordic Noir in Transition: Jussi Adler-Olsen’s ‘Department Q’ Books on Film

Jussi Adler-Olsen, author of the Nordic noir Department Q series, isn’t thrilled with the transition of his work to film. Five directors of six films argue that’s a crime.

Detective Fantasy ‘You Never Can Tell’ Spoofs Film Noir

Detective Fantasy ‘You Never Can Tell’ Spoofs Film Noir

Fantasy, comedy, romance, reincarnation, animals and murder are ingredients for You Never Can Tell, a whimsical story with spoofs of film noir.

‘Free Party’ Director Aaron Trinder on Fighting for the Right to Party

‘Free Party’ Director Aaron Trinder on Fighting for the Right to Party

When the New Age travelers and the newly emerging ravers met in the English countryside, they had to fight for the right to party together for free. They still do.

‘Sometimes I Think About Dying’ Keeps the Popcorn in the Bucket

‘Sometimes I Think About Dying’ Keeps the Popcorn in the Bucket

Rachel Lambert’s sensitive and observant comedy drama Sometimes I Think About Dying isn’t a film that will turn popcorn into projectiles.

Remembering the Memory Puzzle Film ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

Remembering the Memory Puzzle Film ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

Rewatching the memory puzzle film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, we are captivated by its sophisticated and complete depictions of memory.

Silent Film Jewels About Mothers, Horses and Gorillas

Silent Film Jewels About Mothers, Horses and Gorillas

A female Tarzan and her gorilla, a horse that revenges his murdered master, mothers, and comical aviators make the scene in these silent film jewels.