There were many great films at the Chicago festival, including several great bio docs about formidable persons in the arts.
The Best Picture Award winner at the 50th Annual Chicago International Film Festival went to the stunning Iranian film "The President."
This production of the Swedish playwright August Strindberg's 1900 "The Dance of Death," now playing in Pasadena, is expertly acted and directed.
The NSA and the National Security State have committed possibly irreparable damage to democracy itself, which depends on free speech and liberty of thought.
Scandinavia showed up in full glory at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival. A Swedish film even won the coveted Best Foreign Film Audience Award.
The film does boast some excellent performances, but by the second half, the script turns utterly preposterous.
A stylish movie about a middle-class couple vacationing in the Alps with their childen, when something goes wrong to rock their relationships to the core.
"The Evolution of Bert" is a labor of love, "Dear White People" is bold and challenging.
Kill the Messenger raises daunting questions about the role of the press in society. This passion play is a piece of our nation's recent and ongoing history.
One of the great things about the theater is that it can dramatize history, and the people who make it and shake it.