Love, Gilda

In this wonderful documentary, we bear witness to the life and many talents of the late great comedienne and actress Gilda Radner.


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Finding Vivian Maier

Nanny. Hoarder. Prolific street photographer. All of these labels can be used to describe the late Vivian Maier, a formerly unknown artist who is the subject of a fascinating new documentary film by John Maloof, a Chicago-based real estate agent and amateur photographer who discovered her extensive collection, which has since been exhibited here in Chicago, as well as in New York, Los Angeles, London and France.


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Disney’s Encanto

Let's talk about Bruno! And Mirabel, and Félix... and Luisa... and Julieta... and Dolores... and all the other family members in the Madrigal family... including the house itself! (Though I will admit that Bruno is my favorite!)


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The Long Goodbye

Have you ever read a Raymond Chandler book? Well, if you have not I recommend you spend the time to meet the fictional private investigator Phillip Marlowe in The Long Goodbye. You can read the 1953 classic through Libby/Overdrive and follow up with 1973 Robert Altman feature film starring Elliott Gould.


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What We Do in the Shadows

With the premiere of season two of What We Do in the Shadows on FX and Hulu, fans can enjoy the continuing misadventures of Nandor, Nadja and Laszlo as they navigate modern day Staten Island…as vampires.


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The Host

Directed and co-written by Parasite filmmaker Bong Joon Ho, released in 2006, this film follows a three-generation household as they fight for survival from a monster sighted in Seoul, South Korea. A monster that was created accidentally and irresponsibly by American military personnel trying to dispose of toxic chemicals down the sewer lines into the Han River.


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Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story

In Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story, we are shown the life and talent of Chicago’s very own legendary harmonica player and bluesman Paul Butterfield. Born and raised in the Southside’s Hyde Park neighborhood, he was exposed to both music and the arts at an early age by his parents, and eventually began sneaking into blues clubs throughout the city, where he would meet and become influenced by legends such as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.


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Chernobyl

In five episodes, HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries dramatizes the events of the April 1986 nuclear plant explosion in the Soviet Union.


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Maria by Callas

In Maria by Callas, we witness the talent and drama that surrounded the career and life of one of the greatest opera singers of the 20th century: Maria Callas.


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Eighth Grade

Stand-up comedian Bo Burnham steps off the stage and behind the camera with his writing/directing debut, an unsentimental, non-glamorized look at what it means to be a 13-year-old today.


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A Quiet Place

I always thought the old saying that “children should be seen and not heard” was mean-spirited and dismissive of kids. But in the thriller A Quiet Place, it couldn’t be more apt.


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Paddington 2

The first Paddington Bear movie was a true surprise. Despite expectations of mediocrity, Paddington’s story of simple kindness and themes of acceptance won me over.


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Loch Ness

When a human heart is found inside the bones and guts of a hoaxed sea monster carcass on the shore of Scotland's famous Loch Ness, small-town detective Annie Redford is assigned to investigate.


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Life

Life. How did it come into being? What does it mean? A group of astronauts from all over Earth working on the International Space Station have made it their mission to find the answer.


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Blue Planet II

I just started watching Blue Planet II this weekend. This show is fabulous! It is filmed in high definition with amazing photography, beautiful music, and splendid narration by David Attenborough. There are unbelievable action sequences of nature that are entertaining, educational, and amazingly gorgeous. Best of all, the entire family can watch it.


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Loving Vincent

If you want to make a premiere picture, you might as well steal from Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, a film widely considered to be the best of all time.


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Brigsby Bear

Living in a post-apocalyptic underground bunker isn’t so bad when you have an infinite number of episodes of your favorite TV show to watch. At least that’s what James thinks.


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