Trashy, goofy, and surprisingly sincere, this superhero fantasy is better than you expect but not as good as it should be.
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Matt writes: In his list ranking the best films of 1987, Roger Ebert included Taylor Hackford’s “Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll!,” calling it “the year's best musical documentary, a rollicking and sometimes revealing record of the attempt by Rolling Stone Keith Richards to stage a 60th birthday concert for Berry, at which the pioneer of rock and roll would at last be accompanied by a well-rehearsed backup band.” After Berry passed away last weekend, our critic Glenn Kenny penned an insightful obituary that paid tribute to Hackford’s film. “Aside from being a superb portrait of Berry—and of Richards, whose intelligence and clear devotion to music here belies his sometime rap as a wizened five-string-zombie,” wrote Kenny, “[it] is one of the great rock and roll documentaries.” And of Berry, Kenny argued, “For all the great things he achieved, he deserves to be the fifth face on Mount Rushmore.”
An interview with the stars of Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply, Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins.
A review of Joe Swanberg's Netflix series, "Easy."
We are thrilled to announce that Steve James' acclaimed documentary about the life and legacy of Roger Ebert, 2014's "Life Itself," has been nominated this year for a Best Documentary Emmy by the National Academy of Television Broadcast Arts & Sciences. Produced by CNN Films and Kartemquin Films, the documentary was broadcast all over the country, thus making it eligible for Emmy consideration. It also garnered another nomination for Outstanding Editing. The the 37th annual News & Documentary Emmy awards will be held at the Lincoln Center in New York City on September 21, 2016.
An interview with writer/director Jeff Baena about his indie blockbuster "Joshy."
An article about Elevated Films Chicago's screening of "Little Men" on July 14th.
A preview of the 2016 version of the Chicago film lovers' event, including more than two dozen Chicago premieres.
Albert Brooks on "Defending Your Life"; Profile of Frank Sinatra Jr.; Comic Con on the couch; Sean J.S. Jourdan on "Teddy Boy"; Sterling Hayden's towering screen presence.
An interview with director Amy Seimetz about "The Girlfriend Experience."
A report on Newcity's Film 50 2015 list.
A book review of "I Lost It At the Video Store" by Tom Roston
A piece on the Chicago-based screening series known as Elevated Films.
An interview with Parker Posey, star of "Irrational Man."
A preview of the Chicago Critics Film Festival, featuring "The End of the Tour," "Me & Earl & the Dying Girl," "The Overnight," "Digging For Fire," "Results," and much more!
An interview with Noah Baumbach, writer/director of "While We're Young."
A report on six films from Sundance 2015, including "The D Train," "Partisan," and "Sleeping with Other People."
A Sundance dispatch on "I Am Michael," "True Story," "Mississippi Grind" and "Digging For Fire".
Our most anticipated films of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Joe Swanberg is not only not going away but he's entering a new phase of his career.
Paul Apted dies; The neo-liberal rhetoric of trauma; Universe may be a hologram; Skyler Page out of Cartoon Network; Indie filmmakers in conversation.
A guide to new releases On Demand and through streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Fandor.
Oliver Stone will never give up. "Under the Skin" star on stigmas; Ron Howard reflects on his career; "Breaking the Waves" arrives on Blu-ray; A look back at "National Velvet."
Sam Fragoso ranks all 22 films he saw at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.