Daniel Nava previews six films from the first week of the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival on Chicago Cinema Circuit

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The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival begins on October 13 with its most prominent Opening Night selection in decades, Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-primed behemoth, La La Land. Call the selection, which originated when festival founder Michael Kutza and programming director Mimi Plauche settled on “Musicals” as a genre theme for the festival, a confluence of happenstance and dumb luck, but it’s a notable grab for a festival that has struggled for relevance in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

CLICK HERE TO READ DANIEL’S FULL FESTIVAL PREVIEW

LINKS TO CAPSULE REVIEWS:

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”

“After the Storm”

“Christine”

“The Happiest Day in the Life of Oli Maki”

“Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story”“Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story”

“The Salesman”

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