Score: A Film Music Documentary amazes

Score: A Film Music Documentary, directed by Matt Schrader, played to 60 people on Saturday morning at the Music Box Theater in Chicago. When I screened the movie on Friday afternoon, it immediately jumped to the top of my shortlist for best documentary film in 2017. Financed in part through a Kickstarter campaign, the documentary … Continue reading Score: A Film Music Documentary amazes

CCFF: A Ghost Story closes out festival

David Lowery's A Ghost Story closed out the Chicago Critics Film Festival with a nearly sold out crowd. Reuniting his Ain't Them Bodies Saints co-stars, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, writer-director Lowery returned to Sundance this year with a film that could only be made as such.  A story of this nature could not be … Continue reading CCFF: A Ghost Story closes out festival

CCFF: Menashe brings Yiddish back to the big screen

Menashe brings Yiddish back to the big screen for the first time in some 60-70 years. Directed by Joshua Z Weinstein, this is his first narrative feature.  The screenplay was written by Weinstein, Alex Lipschultz, and Musa Syeed. Starring Menashe Lustig, the film is loosely inspired by his life.  Given that the film is in … Continue reading CCFF: Menashe brings Yiddish back to the big screen

CCFF: Mr. Roosevelt shows comedy, grief

Mr. Roosevelt shows what happens when a struggling comedian returns home to Austin to bury her cat. It's the directorial debut for Saturday Night Live alumnus Noël Wells.  SNL may not be for everyone but that doesn't mean that cast members can't be successful following a short stint.  Her performances in The Incredible Jessica James … Continue reading CCFF: Mr. Roosevelt shows comedy, grief

CCFF: La Barracuda is a new take on family drama

La Barracuda deals with family drama in a new way two half-sisters meet for the first time in Texas. Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund direct from a screenplay written by Cortlund.  The film stars Allison Tolman, Sophie Reid, JoBeth Williams, Luis Bordonada, Larry Jack Dotson, Butch Hancock, Bob Livingston, and The Mastersons. Sophie Reed stars … Continue reading CCFF: La Barracuda is a new take on family drama

CCFF: The Incredible Jessica James is innovative, genuine

The Incredible Jessica James is one of the best comedies that I've seen this year. Written and directed by Jim Strouse, the comedy stars Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield & Noël Wells.  Zabryna Guevera, Taliyah Whitaker, Sarah Jones, Will Stephen, Susan Heyward, and Megan Ketch also star. Jessica Williams, The Daily Show alumnus, breaks … Continue reading CCFF: The Incredible Jessica James is innovative, genuine