Jim Alexander has been a staff writer at TheMovieBlog.com since 2014 and The Young Folks since 2016. He helped develop and is host of the “Correct Opinion Podcast.” Jim has written for Screenrant.com and contributed to the Australian movie site Cinemazzi.com. He is the United States Film and Entertainment Reporter for BBC’s 5 Live radio show. In addition to his interest in film, he also hosts the “Bachelor Universe” blog and podcast, centered on the ABC show The Bachelor. Jim graduated with a BA from Northeastern Illinois University, and is currently completing his MA in Journalism from DePaul University. He is a die-hard Chicago Bulls and Bears fan. Born in Chicago, but raised in Poland, he grew up playing soccer and remains an avid fan of the sport. He is passionate about film and strives to incorporate new and innovative ways to present film criticism. He currently resides in Des Plaines, IL with his dog, turtle, and rabbit.
Emmanuel Noisette (or “E-Man” ) has been writing movie reviews since 2012. He’s lived in and around Chicago his entire life. He’s happily married to his wife and has 2 awesome daughters. Emmanuel is the author and creator of EmansMovieReviews.com. He currently writes for other websites such as Latinoscoop.com, Geeks World Wide (thegww.com) and sanityinsuburbia.com. He seeks to be somewhat of an unconventional film critic. His unique style takes on the approach of making his reviews brief, concise, and spoiler-free. His mission is to help average movie goers spend or save both their time and money with any given movie.
Don Shanahan is the creator/founder/blogger of Every Movie Has a Lesson. Don is former elementary school teacher who is now an instructional coach and a regular credentialed member of the Chicago press pool of film critics. With that background in education, Don stands by the mantra that has become the title of his website. He writes his reviews with the goal of teaching life lessons, from the serious to the farcical, found within every film. The primary goal of “Every Movie Has a Lesson” has been to offer in-depth, professional quality film reviews with the hook of education in mind for as many current mainstream and independent releases as possible each year.
His movie reviews are also published in the Southland Voice, a free community newspaper based in Crete, Illinois that serves southern Cook and eastern Will County communities, and on the social platforms Creators.co, Medium and BAG Movies. He also writes a weekly movie trend editorial column contribution for Feelin’ Film. From 2010 to 2016, Don was published as a Chicago Film Examiner for Examiner.com before its closure. Outside of reviews, he also presents his own voice and unique take on movie trends, film commentary, and more through website and social media features, columns, and editorials ranging from film discussions, awards talk, “best of” lists, and seasonal previews. He happily resides in Forest Park, Illinois with his tremendous wife Thanh and their two toddler children, Molly and Sam.