Six new awards season reviews from Seven Gunn Says on Chicago Now


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Rogers Park focuses on two couples who struggle to maintain their relationship after some secrets are uncovered about who they really are and what they have done. This film speaks about obstacles, depression, financial burdens, poor decisions, children from previous relationships, ownership, connection, and individuality.


This foreign film speaks volumes about racism, violation, terrorism and how it effects families. Diane Kruger gives a wonderful performance in this tragic tale. In The Fade is written and directed by Fatih Akin, produced by Fatih Akin, Mélita Toscan du Plantier, and Marie-Jeanne Pascal.


I, Tonya is based on interviews and occurrences that happened in the life of professional figure skater Tonya Harding. By no means is this even close to a Cinderella story. This film tells about a harsh reality for a girl with big dreams. Margot Robbie gives a stirring and unforgettable performance as Tonya Harding. Allison Janney plays the role of LaVona Golden, Tonya’s  hardened, cynical mother. I appreciated great storytelling from writer Steven Rogers and the perspective of documentary style interviews from director, Craig Gillespie. Tonya explains that the occurrences in the film are not all true, but based on actual events that took place.


Call Me By Your Name is a film based on the 2007 novel by author André Aciman. The film adaptation is written by James Ivory and directed by Luca Guadagnino. This coming-of-age film is inspired and wonderfully developed. I became engulfed in this romantic Italian Summer  of the 1983. When looking at the trailer, I was whisked away and thought about the great moments of summer and an innocent time. This is such a passionate, charming, witty and yet dangerous film.


Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri is raw, gut-wrenching and fresh. This wonderful ensemble of a cast includes: Frances McDormand, Lucas Hedges, Woody Harrelson, Caleb Landry Jones, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish, and Peter Dinklage. This film is one of the most surprising and unusual perspectives at the dynamics of personal tragedies and coping along with the construction and deconstruction of a small town.


Woody Allen’s attempt to make a fresh 1950’s film falls short of grace. He doesn’t come out of this one smelling like a rose. It reeks of cliches, less than memorable characters and incomplete development. In fact Wonder Wheel fails to live up to the hype that Woody Allen films are often praised for: originality, attention to detail, and creativity. At first one thinks, Wonder Wheel will be a Coney Island treat. You think of beaches, cotton, candy and rides. I wanted to see more of that. I became bored and uninterested eventually because I started not to care about the characters or just disinterested. This is by far not Allen’s best work!

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