| May 11, 2012
| 9:56 AM
I've long been a fan of Katherine Boo's writing. In one of my favorite New Yorker stories, about efforts to get the poor to marry, her opening line is a treasure: “One July morning last year in Oklahoma City, in a public-housing project named Sooner...
| Jan 16, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz are behind this highly anticipated documentary on the CeaseFire anti-violence program (explicit language warning):...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 4:32 PM
News release: (Chicago-based) Kartemquin (Films) is delighted to announce that Cinema Guild will be distributing The Interrupters in theaters across the US this summer. The announcement comes on the back of the film's acclaimed run at major film festivals...
| Dec 19, 2011
CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION 2011 WINNERS
BEST PICTURE(-) The Tree of Life
BEST DIRECTOR(-) Terrence Malick--The Tree of Life
BEST ACTOR(-) Michael Shannon--Take Shelter
BEST ACTRESS(-) Michelle Williams--My Week with Marilyn
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR(-)...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 8:30 AM
It's a war without national boundaries, military uniforms or state-sanctioned weapons. But it is a war and an epidemic of violence raging on the streets of one of the largest U.S. cities.
Yet the shootings in Chicago often go ignored. PBS' gripping...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 10:00 PM
***1/2 (out of four)
Everyone in Chicago should know that the startling number of youths killed every year is one of the city’s biggest problems. (See RedEye’s homicide map for more information.) To show a different side of what’s being...
| Aug 12, 2011
In its charting of a Chicago epidemic and belief in the power of street-level human empathy, the superb documentary "The Interrupters" comes to us at a time when the notion of conflict resolution has been sidelined utterly on the national political level....
| Feb 21, 2012
| 1:20 PM
For Baltimore rockers Big in Japan, having a live show known for improvised music is both exhilarating and nerve-racking.
"The best part is not knowing what's coming next and actually having it turn out to be something transcendent," said drummer Mike...
| Apr 12, 2012
There are a hundred reasons "Bully"is a good film instead of a great one, but Lee Hirsch's blood-boiling documentary will very likely end up doing more than its share of good in this world.
However sentimental that may sound, this is a film quite...