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“Arrival” Is Worthy Addition to Sci-Fi Predecessor “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

“Arrival” Is Worthy Addition to Sci-Fi Predecessor “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

NOTE: Nationally known film critic Connie Corcoran Wilson is providing coverage of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival for QuadCities.com. The closing film of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival, “Arrival” is a great alien sci-fi film in the tradition of such classics as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Contact,” and fans of […]

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‘Olympic Pride, American Prejudice’ A Great Historical Film

‘Olympic Pride, American Prejudice’ A Great Historical Film

NOTE: Nationally known film critic Connie Corcoran Wilson is providing coverage of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival for QuadCities.com. “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”: The Untold Story of the 1936 Olympics is a gripping film. This film from Director Deborah Riley Draper examined the 28 athletes who traveled to Berlin in 1936 for the Olympic […]

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‘Trespass’ Disappoints Crowds In Chicago

‘Trespass’ Disappoints Crowds In Chicago

NOTE: Nationally known film critic Connie Corcoran Wilson is providing coverage of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival for QuadCities.com. When you tell me that Michael Fassbender is starring opposite veteran UK actor Brendan Gleeson in a film, I’m there. I’m expecting good things. These are two great actors and the plot, set across 3 […]

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Oscar-Winning McQueen A Gracious Interview And Award Winner

Oscar-Winning McQueen A Gracious Interview And Award Winner

NOTE: Nationally known film critic Connie Corcoran Wilson is providing coverage of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival for QuadCities.com. British director Steve McQueen came to Chicago to receive an award on the 20th anniversary of the Chicago International Film Festival’s Black Perspectives program. Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the […]

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Danny Glover’s ’93 Days’ Is A Tough, Taut Medical Thriller

Danny Glover’s ’93 Days’ Is A Tough, Taut Medical Thriller

NOTE: Nationally known film critic Connie Corcoran Wilson is providing coverage of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival for QuadCities.com. 93 Days Genre: Medical Thriller 124 minutes Director: Steve Guka Actors:  Danny Glover, Abimbola Akintola, Zara Udofia Actor Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon”) came to Chicago to support the Nigerian film “93 Days,” a tough, taut […]

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‘Small Enough To Jail’ A Powerful Return For ‘Hoop Dreams’ Creator

‘Small Enough To Jail’ A Powerful Return For ‘Hoop Dreams’ Creator

NOTE: Nationally known film critic Connie Corcoran Wilson is providing coverage of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival for QuadCities.com. Abacus:  Small Enough to Jail Genre:  Documentary 88 minutes Director:  Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) As the Cinema Chicago program said, this is a saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family who own and run the […]

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‘The Oath’ Is A Winner From Start To Finish

‘The Oath’ Is A Winner From Start To Finish

NOTE: Nationally known film critic Connie Corcoran Wilson is providing coverage of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival for QuadCities.com. The Oath Genre: Thriller Director:  Baltasar Kormakur 110 minutes Actors:  Baltasar Kormakur (Finner), Hera Hilmer (Anna), and Gisli Orn Gardarsson (Ottar) This film from Iceland (with English subtitles) was my favorite drama from the 52nd […]

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Film Legend Bogdanovich Talks About His Career At Chicago Film Fest

Film Legend Bogdanovich Talks About His Career At Chicago Film Fest

Continuing my coverage of the Chicago International Film Festival this week, I had the opportunity to interview a legend of the silver screen over the past five decades, Peter Bogdanovich, auteur of such films as Paper Moon, Last Picture Show and What’s Up Doc? “One Day Since Yesterday:” A Documentary About the Work of Peter […]

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