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REVIEW: ‘Sweat’ explores the dark sides of social media stardom

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Lauren Coates, Staff Writer

October 25, 2020

The idea of the “influencer” is a relatively new yet endlessly debated concept in the world of digital media. Where celebrities’ personal lives were once the subject of gossip columns and trashy magazines, some of today’s most famous faces willingly divulges the ins and outs of their daily liv...

REVIEW: ‘Belushi’ is a vibrant, unflinching portrayal of a comedy legend

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Lauren Coates, Staff Writer

October 18, 2020

When the word “Chicago” is brought up in the entertainment industry, there are a number of famous faces that are immediately, intrinsically associated with the city — Bill Murray, Chance the Rapper, and, of course, John Belushi. The legendary actor, comedian and musician, who died tragically a...

Five must-watch films at the Chicago International Film Festival

Spike Lee directs a concert film of David Byrne's

Lauren Coates, Staff Writer

October 11, 2020

Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 14, the city of Chicago will once again be home to the Chicago International Film Festival — albeit with a Covid-enduced twist. The festival, which has celebrated international filmmakers for the past 56 years, is taking a new approach to its programming thanks to the s...

Chicago International Film Festival goes virtual

The 56th annual Chicago International Film Festival will not return to AMC River East, instead it will come to your living room.

Michael Brzezinski, Chief Film Critic

October 4, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many events that we know and love to be cancelled this year. Music festivals, conventions and even our graduation ceremonies all got put on hold for the time being. However, the fall film festivals refuse to back down.  After Cannes, SXSW, and Tribeca got cancelle...

CIFF volunteer experience positive for film students, cinephiles alike

Nate Burleyson, Asst. Sports Editor

October 28, 2019

During the Chicago International Film Festival, there are lots of big-picture things set far ahead. Running a large festival like the one in Chicago, which concluded its 55th rendition of the fest on Sunday night, takes dedicated people planning it out for months. Yet on the ground floor, small things...

Film Festivities: A look into the Chicago International Film Festival

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Matt Koske

October 2, 2017

As award season is fully underway, film festivals are taking place every other weekend and the word of mouth is spreading for films that greatly deserve it. Last year, the Chicago International Film Festival welcomed films like “Arrival,” “La La Land” and “Moonlight.” If you have any incl...

Review: ‘Miss Julie’ flops at Chicago International Film Festival

Plagued with over-the-top acting and a petty plot, “Miss Julie” is a Victorian love story that fails to be enchanting. (Photo courtesy of

Andrew Morrell

October 12, 2014

Do you want to see some exciting, gripping, boldly innovative film at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival? Looking for thrilling stories of love, betrayal, vengeance or other stirring adjectives? Wishing you could’ve attended opening night of CIFF and seen the movie, Liv Ullmann...

50 years, 5 films: A preview of the Chicago International Film Festival

50 years, 5 films: A preview of the  Chicago International Film Festival

Andrew Morrell

October 5, 2014

Though not quite on par with big-name film festivals such as Cannes or Sundance, the Chicago International Film Festival is still in the major leagues, and has the distinction of being the oldest film competition in North America. This year is its 50th anniversary, which means a host of special event...

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