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DVD Review: Masterful ‘The Wise Kids’ Avoids Stereotypes, Opts for Honesty

Chicago – There was no film in 2012 that moved me more deeply or left me feeling more exhilarated than Stephen Cone’s achingly personal masterpiece, “The Wise Kids.” It’s the sort of film that I’ve been hoping to see get made for quite some time. Whereas so many films about people of faith rely on condescending stereotypes to push a contrived agenda, Cone’s picture is humanistic in every sense of the word.

From the titular trio down to the smallest speaking role, every single character in “The Wise Kids” is thrillingly alive. It’s clear that Cone has a deep understanding of the Southern Baptist community portrayed in his film. There are no easy answers for the questions this movie provokes, nor are there any heavy-handed speeches designed to spoon-feed glib morals. Cone wants to start a dialogue on vital issues rather than pretend to be the final word.
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Film News: Matt Fagerholm Chats About ‘Cloud Atlas’ on Vocalo 89.5Fm

Chicago – HollywoodChicago.com writer Matt Fagerholm will chat about the latest independent films on Vocalo 89.5Fm from 9:30am to 10am on Friday, October 26th. Topics will include Tom Tykwer, Andy and Lana Wachowski’s hugely ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell’s acclaimed 2004 novel, “Cloud Atlas,” which opens in theaters on Friday, October 26th.

This is the second installment of Vocalo’s Indie Outlook series featuring Fagerholm, who created the independent film blog, Indie Outlook, this past summer. The site recently provided coverage of the Chicago International Film Festival with three in-depth interviews. Chicago’s own Kris Swanberg (“Kissing on the Mouth”) discussed her subtly eerie drama, “Empire Builder,” while Leslie Zemeckis (wife of Robert) chatted about her documentary, “Bound by Flesh,” which chronicled the lives of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton.

Director Brad Lichtenstein also discussed his Wisconsin-set documentary, “As Goes Janesville,” which follows the titular town’s
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Film News: Matt Fagerholm Chats About Indie Film on Vocalo 89.5

Chicago – HollywoodChicago.com critic Matt Fagerholm will chat about the latest independent films on Chicago’s Vocalo 89.5 station from 9am to 9:30am on Friday, September 28th. Topics will include Stephen Cone’s acclaimed indie drama, “The Wise Kids,” which is scheduled to have a week-long run at the Gene Siskel Film Center beginning Friday, October 26th.

The Vocalo program will include excerpts from Matt’s podcast interview with “Wise Kids” star Allison Torem, who received a Jeff Award nomination for her performance in David Schwimmer’s 2010 stage production of “Trust.” The entirety of the podcast interview will be published this evening on Matt’s independent film blog, Indie Outlook. The site includes in-depth discussions with a wide variety of filmmakers, including Nathan Adloff (“Nate & Margaret”), Lawrence Michael Levine (“Gabi on the Roof in July”) and Todd Looby (“Be Good”). There are also some new exclusive interviews with cult icon Juliette Danielle,
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