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Joel Wicklund reviews "Stray Bullets" on ChicagoNow's Windy City Cinema

It’s been about a decade since the release of The Last Winter, the last feature indie horror auteur Larry Fessenden (Habit, Wendigo… 188 more words


Joel Wicklund reviews "Paterson" and "Things to Come" on his Windy City Cinema site on ChicagoNow


Coming out of the screening of Paterson, I overheard another critic say to a colleague, “Well, he managed to paint a very accurate portrait of a boring life.” I suspect many will share those feelings concerning Jim Jarmusch’s latest, but longtime fans of the director and new converts to his laid-back, observational style and deadpan humor will have a different take: there are no boring lives for those who pay close enough attention to them. 111 more words


Joel Wicklund lists his ten favorites movie shots of 2016 on Windy City Cinema

Digital moviemaking allows a feature to be comprised of one, long continuous shot, not just the illusion of it, as Alfred Hitchcock cleverly crafted in… 90 more words


Jim Ryan: Looking Back At The Year in Music

In addition to doing traffic for WGN Radio and other stations, Jim Ryan writes about music for The Daily Herald and his Chicago Now Blog… 62 more words

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Joel Wicklund compares "Christine" with "Kate Plays Christine" on his Windy City Cinema within Chicago Now

But Christine, a disquieting but compelling drama that recently ended a too-brief local theatrical run, manages to overcome the unavoidably voyeuristic allure of the story to convey a deep empathy for its real-life subject. 41 more words


Joel Wicklund reviews "Always Shine" on his Windy City Cinema blog on ChicagoNow

Deftly walking a line between commercial thriller and unapologetic art house fare, Always Shine is a gripping portrait of the “frenemy” syndrome that seems fairly prevalent among younger women. 39 more words


Windy City Cinema critic Joel Wicklund reviews "Loving" and "Dog Eat Dog" for Chicago Now


Opening less than nine months after his previous feature, Midnight Special, Jeff Nichols’ Loving seemed like it might be as conventional as the earlier film was not. 128 more words