MY BLIND BROTHER
Saturday @ 3pm
Starring: Nick Kroll; Jenny Slate; Zoe Kazan; Adam Scott
AMovieGuy.com's Rating: 2 1/2 Stars (Out of 4)

I saw My Blind Brother at SXSW and it highlights this all-star cast in all the right ways. Especially Nick Kroll, whose performance as Bill is light and refreshing. He plays a brother who must take a back seat to the accolades of his blind brother Robbie (Scott). Things get a bit more difficult when Rose (Slate) has a one-nighter with Bill, but also falls for Robbie when attempting to better herself. It makes for an awkward triangle of love. I think I was anticipating a bit more over the top moments here, but the humor is smart and the characters are sweet, which is the perfect mix for a feel-good movie. GET TICKETS HERE
   

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
Sunday @ 6pm

Starring: Julian Dennison; Sam Neil; Rachel House
AMovieGuy.com's Rating: 3 ½ Stars (Out of 4)

Of all the comedies to see at CCFF Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the one. Director Taika Waititi's follow up film from What We Do in the Shadows, is another winner. We follow the adventures of young Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), a troubled boy who is dropped off at his last foster home. When trouble hits the home, Ricky and his foster father- Uncle Hec (Sam Neil- looking as scruffy as ever) take off to the brush, which leads to confusion and puts them at the center of a nationwide manhunt. There is a beautiful combination of charm and friendship that is comparable to films such as Harrold and Maude or exploring further from a movie such as Bad Words. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a must-see! GET TICKETS HERE

IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE
Wednesday @ 7:30pm
Starring: Ethan Hawke; John Travolta; Taissa Farmiga
AMovieGuy.com's Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 4)

There are not enough westerns made these days. Outside of Quentin Tarantino, it seems to be a genre that directors don't want to touch, which is why it is exciting to see horror master Ti West take a crack at it with In a Valley of Violence. Ethan Hawke plays a stranger who rolls into town, only to find himself mixed up with a gang of goons who care little about making friends. When the bad guys do something to our hero, it sets him on a path to get revenge. What surprises about In a Valley of Violence are the moments of levity from John Travolta as the sheriff trying to find order in the madness, while Hawke continues to have a strong 2016 of movies and performances. GET TICKETS HERE

AMovieGuy.com's Preview of the 4th Chicago Critics Film Festival!


In the fourth year of the Chicago Critics Film Festival, it's safe to say that the week long celebration of movies, run by film critics, has become a staple for cinephiles in the windy city. Now that they have become established and made the Music Box Theatre on Southport their main domain, it allows for more diversity in the lineup, with movies from Sundance, female directors, horror movies from SXSW, and the Tribeca film festival.

Starting this Friday May 20th- the Sundance film festival favorite- MORRIS FROM AMERICA will kick things off right with actor Craig Robinson in person to do a Q&A. And that is just the tip of all the excellent movies and guests that will be on showcase. Here are some of the other must-see movies that AMovieGuy.com recommends:

LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF A CONNECTED WORLD
Saturday @ 11am
Directed by: Werner Herzog
AMovieGuy.com's Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 4)


There is an art to documentary filmmaking and Werner Herzog has it down like Van Gogh. His newest film Lo and Behold: Reveries of a Connected World takes a look at the internet age we are living in and how it could be the demise of human interaction, crash the stock market, or lead us to colonizing Mars. Herzog covers the issue from all angles, interviewing a family whose daughter died in a car crash, only to become victims of cyber-bullying. He also interviews Tesla motors Elon Musk about the dangers of technology, the progress of artificial intelligence, and asks the question “does the internet dream of itself?” Although the subject matter may seem like something we already know, I found Lo and Behold to be a shocking film that scared me. As a society we have put all of our eggs in the digital basket and I fear for our children's children's children just thinking about how disconnected they will be from each other as the internet swallows us whole. It sounds disturbing, but trust me, you will want to catch this one. GET TICKETS HERE  

LITTLE MEN
Sunday @ 8pm
Starring: Greg Kinnear; Theo Taplitz; Michael Barbieri; Jennifer Ehle; Alfred Molina
AMovieGuy.com's Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 4)

Director Ira Sachs will be in person for a Q&A to talk about his observational drama about Jake and Tony, two young boys who become best friends, but their bond is put to the test when put in the middle of their parents battle over the lease of a shop Tony's mother rents. Sachs' award winning film- Love is Strange was similar in it's observation of a couples love in New York, and here he continues to find beauty in the daily and difficult lives of two families. There is a heartwarming and heart breaking portrayal from everyone involved, especially the two young leads Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri. Little Men is one of the best movies of 2016. GET TICKETS HERE 
  

4th Chicago Critics Film Festival- Preview 

​There are plenty of other movies to see at the Chicago Critics Film Festival. Some of the highlights include an appearance from Michael Pena for a screening of his film War on Everyone, the David Gordon Green Sundance award winner- Goat, and the David Byrne concert experience Contemporary Color. It is shaping up to be a fantastic festival with something for everyone. Be there...or be square and GET TICKETS HERE