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Lean on Pete

I marveled at the humanist depth of the world Haigh creates, one that can only be rendered by a truly great writer and director, working…

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This 2018 release feels like it arrived fresh from 1974, and that is what makes it a delight.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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CIFF 2016: Movies We've Seen at Previous Fests

The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival kicks off this Thursday with an Opening Night screening of Damien Chazelle's "La La Land," one of the many titles we've been able to cover from previous fests. To help your planning with CIFF's national, regional, and city premieres of these many exciting films, we've compiled a list of our reviews (from Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Telluride, Toronto and New York) ready for your perusal. Be sure to check in throughout the fest for extensive coverage of more titles, including interviews with filmmakers and actors as they tour their latest through the Windy City. 

"Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"


"The Autopsy of Jane Doe"

"The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography"

"Being 17"

"The Commune"

"Daughters of the Dust"

"Do Not Resist"


"The Eyes of My Mother"

"Fire at Sea"

"The Handmaiden"

"I, Daniel Blake"


"La La Land"

"Layla M."

"Like Water for Chocolate"



"Olympic Pride, American Prejudice"


"The Salesman"


"Staying Vertical"

"Things to Come"

"A Quiet Passion"


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