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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


ChicagoNow writer Seven Gunn reviews "Resilience" as part of coverage of the CIFCC Showcase

The Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle would like to extend a thank you to writer Seven Gunn of ChicagoNow for her solid and positive review of James Redford’s “Resilience” as part of coverage of the CIFCC Showcase.   96 more words


Joel Wicklund reviews "The Magnificent Seven" for his Windy City Cinema page on Chicago Now

What 2016’s The Magnificent Seven lacks in class, it tries to make up for in volume and carnage. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), it’s yet another example of one of the greatest recurring sins of modern Hollywood: the endless climax. 90 more words