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The best upcoming film events

Chicago International Film Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. AMC River East 21 322 E Illinois St, at Fairbanks Ct
  2. Thu Oct 9 - Thu Oct 23
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  1. Gene Siskel Film Center 164 N State St, at Randolph St
  2. Tue Sep 30
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  1. Logan Theatre 2646 N Milwaukee Ave, at Kedzie Ave
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Tue Apr 19
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New movie reviews: Critics' picks

The Guest

  • Rated as: 4/5

The genuinely surprising new side Dan Stevens shows in Adam Wingard’s sharp retro-thriller is a welcome change

Love Is Strange

  • Rated as: 5/5

Playing a longtime New York couple suddenly without a home, Alfred Molina and John Lithgow commit to one of the year’s best dramas, a story of ill-fated unraveling

Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Rated as: 4/5

Taking a break from serious superheroics, the Marvel brain trust gets a little silly, with redemptive results


  • Rated as: 5/5

Boyhood feels unprecedented in its intimacy; the process is quietly radical, but the unassuming script even more so

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New movie releases

The Boxtrolls

  • Rated as: 3/5

It’s no surprise that this digitally animated adventure from the producers of Edward Gorey–esque kids’ fairy tales Coraline and ParaNorman is an ooky, spooky affair

Jimi: All Is by My Side

  • Rated as: 3/5

An admirable though unrelentingly gloomy and unauthorized chronicle of the great guitarist Jimi Hendrix

Take Me To The River

  • Rated as: 3/5

It’s an absolute love-fest in Martin Shore’s entertainingly skin-deep doc about the Memphis music scene

Hector and the Search for Happiness

  • Rated as: 2/5

Simon Pegg plays the world’s most unconvincing psychiatrist in this fluffy, irritating Brit comedy

The Equalizer

  • Rated as: 1/5

There’s some sad math happening when Hollywood tries to equalize one of its most distinctive leading men with generic action parts that even Liam Neeson would scowl at

The Maze Runner

  • Rated as: 3/5

Teenagers are getting it in the neck again, in the latest dystopian YA literary sensation to get the Hollywood treatment


  • Rated as: 3/5

Even if Clerks feels a century old, you can't help but root for Kevin Smith, still a good-natured motormouth

The Zero Theorem

  • Rated as: 3/5

Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem is a lo-fi, future-tech farce with an air of high-end cyber intrigue

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