Category Archives: Movie Review

First World War film ‘1917’ is a stunning cinematic masterpiece

By Tom Siebert The brilliant new movie “1917” is seemingly and seamlessly filmed in one continuous shot, capturing the chaos of World War I in two harrowing hours, with no respite from reality and not even a moment to mourn … Continue reading

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‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ gets ugly, goes deep, and soars high

By Tom Siebert Jaded journalist Lloyd Vogel doesn’t “get” Fred Rogers. He thinks the cardigan-clad legend is simply the “hokey host” of PBS-TV’s long-running “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” After all, only a guileless child could take seriously the lyrics of the … Continue reading

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‘The Irishman’ gets an A+ in moviemaking but flunks history

By Tom Siebert From Al Capone to Don Corleone, Hollywood glamorized gangsters, depicting them as murderous wise guys who also happened to be family friendly good guys. Then along came realistic filmmaker Martin Scorsese, whose movies such as “Goodfellas” and … Continue reading

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New fascinating movie ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ reimagines the culture of 1969 and the Manson Family murders

By Tom Siebert From “Singin’ in the Rain” to the latest remake of “A Star Is Born,” many films have been made about the star-making-and-dimming machinery of Tinseltown. But Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” twists and turns … Continue reading

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New movie ‘The Public’ mirrors the harsh realities of homelessness

By Tom Siebert Assistant director for community relations Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County For the past four years, I have had the high but humbling privilege of writing about the area’s homeless community and those with … Continue reading

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‘The Shack’ tackles tough questions about evil, good, and God

By Tom Siebert Don’t let the controversy over “The Shack” deter you from seeing this important film. Granted, it is not biblically correct. But neither was “The Chronicles of Narnia” nor “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” in which Pharaoh … Continue reading

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‘Hidden Figures’ is a must-see movie that reveals the heroic women who helped overcome race and space

By Tom Siebert Mary Jackson, Katherine G. Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan were three African American women who rose above racism and sexism to help launch white male astronauts into space in the segregated 1960s and bring them safely back to … Continue reading

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Horror meets heroism in riveting film ‘Patriots Day’

By Tom Siebert “Patriots Day” is a painful film to watch. And you can’t get through it with the assuring mantra “it’s only a movie.” Because it is not. It happened. This riveting docudrama recreates the horrific Boston Marathon bombings … Continue reading

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Heroic “Sully” soars above factual flaws

By Tom Siebert As a young newspaper reporter, I covered the National Transportation Safety Board hearings into the worst single-airliner disaster in U.S. history, when 273 passengers died in the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport … Continue reading

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‘Concussion’ delivers helmet blow to NFL coverup

By Tom Siebert “Concussion” will make you think twice about letting your kids play football, let alone continuing to observe the National Football League on Sunday as if it were a holy day of obligation. Will Smith is astonishingly good … Continue reading

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