54th Chicago Int’l Film Fest #2: “Family First” (Canada)

“Family First” (Canada) Directed by Sophie DuPuis Sophie DuPuis’ challenging feature, “Family First” (Canada’s 2018 Foreign- Language Oscar entry) is a bit of a dichotomous mixed bag. While it possesses some indelible characters, you’ll recognize the well-trodden story-line from several … Continue reading 54th Chicago Int’l Film Fest #2: “Family First” (Canada)

53rd Chicago Int’l Film Fest #20: “Borg/McEnroe” (Sweden/Denmark/Finland)

“Borg/McEnroe” (Sweden/Denmark/Finland) Directed by Janus Metz My notes for this film consist of one word: “Boring”. Looking back, that’s probably not a fair moniker. It’s actually pretty good when inspecting individual elements. But by film’s end…it’s pretty damned close. Based … Continue reading 53rd Chicago Int’l Film Fest #20: “Borg/McEnroe” (Sweden/Denmark/Finland)

53rd Chicago Int’l Film Fest #14: “Charleston” (Romania/France)

“Charleston” (Romania/France) Directed by Andreï Cretilescu Andreï Cretilescu’s “Charleston” is a classic Romanian black comedy. Like last year’s brilliant “Sieraneveada”, it is very clever, often laugh-out-loud funny, earnest and heartwarming. But whereas the latter could sustain its almost three hours … Continue reading 53rd Chicago Int’l Film Fest #14: “Charleston” (Romania/France)