(In theaters, August 25)
Chicago… Chicago… Chicago…
(Siskel, Landmark Century, August 6; Amazon Prime August 20)
The Siskel reopens its doors to in-person screens with Leos Carax’s sixth full-length feature, a full-bore musical from an idea and songs from Sparks, the septuagenarian Mael brothers, with opera singer Ann (Marion Cotillard) giving birth to stand-up comedian Henry’s (Adam Driver) magical child of the title.
Don’t Breathe 2
(In theaters, August 13)
The Blind Man returns as “anti-villain,” as co-writer, co-producer Fede Alvarez describes the ever-angular Stephen Lang.
(Theaters and HBO Max, August 20)
Writer-producer-director Lisa Joy (“Westworld”) makes her feature debut with a self-penned sci-fi neo-noir showcasing Rebecca Ferguson, Hugh Jackman, Thandiwe Newton and Natalie Martinez. 1990s Warner Bros. lives!
(Theaters and Apple Plus streaming, August 13)
The 2021 virtual Sundance smash-sell ($25 million) heart-warmer opens on screens and streaming: in a remake of a 2014 French film, a child of deaf adults (CODA) in a Maine fishing family discovers she’s a good singer, even a musical prodigy.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.