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A Critical Eye


Two Thumbs Up for this Film Festival

Usually, we read film criticism when there’s already a movie we’re considering seeing. Before purchasing a ticket, we’ll Google around to see what A.O. Scott or Richard Roeper has to say. What if the critics, though, got to select some of their pre-vetted films for the public to see?

Such is the concept of the Chicago Critics Film Festival from May 12th through May 18th. Acclaimed cult movies will hit the city’s historic Music Box Theatre (which opened in 1929, just two months before The Great Depression hit). The Little Hours, screening on the first day, stars Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Dave Franco, and other major Hollywood talents playing medieval nuns, servants, and lords whipped into a frenzy of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and revelry. Check out Bitch, in which a frustrated housewife begins acting like a literal dog. For a happier story, watch the documentary Dina, about how the 48-year-old titular character, after experiencing much personal tragedy, plans for her wedding.

Check out the Chicago Film Critics Association website to check out more films they’ve awarded, the release schedule for cinema in the city, and other news.