Linda and Al Lerner

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The Big Sick  True story of Pakistan born, stand up comedian Kumail Nanjiani trying to win over Emily V. Gordon and her parents while she is in a coma. Heartfelt and hilarious. Review

Dunkirk Chris Nolan's massive  depiction of the unlikely heroes who  saved 300 thousand WWII soldiers evacuate. Mark Rylance, Harry Styles,  Kenneth Branagh. Review

Girls Trip  Slick chick trip flick stars gorgeous gals, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith & Tiffany Haddish in raunchy/funny reunion exposing more than their friendship. Review

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power  In light of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, this important film shows a more visual, emotional  former Vice President Al Gore giving a passionate  warning about the climate crisis. Review

The Hitman's Bodyguard Samuel L. Jackson's flick, all the way. Plenty of action, shooting, and a few laughs  With Ryan Reynolds & Selma Hayak. Summer entertainment but not a blockbuster.

Patti Cake$ Femaie rapper gets beat down trying to make her beats count despite her Mother and her New Jersey neighborhood Danielle Macdonald killer as Killer P.  Review

Menashe Touching story of  an Orthodox Jewish man who lost his wife & has to get another to conform to religious rules to get his young son back. Eye opening. Review

IT- Stephen King's feature adaptation is a bloody fun thriller. Kids find an out of this world clown who makes them face their fears. Pennywise is  pound for pound scary! Review

Home Again - Reese Witherspoon as single Mom with too many men. Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander, Jon Rudnitzky Candice Bergen, Lake Bell. Review

Mother- Darren Araonofsky directs Jennifer Lawrence & Javier Bardem in a psychological thriller about taking in house guests. Is it too scary or just weird?

American Assassin - Michael Keaton is the super bad ass in this attempt at a new Bond /Bourne franchise. Dylan O'Brien, Taylor Kitsch. Review

Brad's Status- Ben Stiller as a Dad looking closely at his own life while taking his son on a college tour.  Painful watching his embarrassing moments. Review soon.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle - Taron Egerton & Colin Firth are back with more fun & Bond-like antics in this action packed spy caper. Elton John too! Review soon

Stronger - Jake Gyllenhaal in a compelling film as the man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon Bombing, but saw and described the Bomber. Review soon

Battle of the Sexes - Emma Stone & Steven Carell show no love in the psychological battle between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs about gender inequality. Review soon.

The Chicago International Film Festival October 13-26 Tickets and passes go on sale this week! 150 films from 50 countries. See filmmakers from all over the world! Tickets and info at