The Chicago Critics Film Festival, now in its second year, is pleased to announce the final wave of titles that will be screening as part of this year's event, including the Opening Night and Closing Night films, as well as a lineup of special guests, information on purchasing tickets and passes and a full screening schedule. The first film festival to be created and curated entirely by film critics, this year's lineup will include the latest films from acclaimed directors such as David Wain and Mike Cahill and stars like Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Brit Marling, Mike Myers and Martin Starr all of which will be making their local premieres. The festival will run May 9-15, 2014 and will be held this year at Chicago's historic Music Box Theatre.
Created by the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2013, the festival offers a selection of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers ranging from award winners to talented newcomers chosen by members of the organization, the only current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival. The final wave of titles brings together an eclectic array of films ranging from raucous comedies and foreign-made dramas to thought-provoking documentaries and a zombie epic with a couple of programs of shorts and a silent masterpiece thrown in for good measure.
The festival will kick off this year with the local premiere of "They Came Together," in which writer-director David Wain does to the romantic comedy genre what his "Wet Hot American Summer" did for summer camp comedies by gleefully skewering all of their conventions and cliches with wild abandon and a more-than-game cast featuring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms, Christopher Meloni, Cobie Smulders and many, many more. Closing Night will feature "Animals," a locally-shot drama about two junkies living out of their car near Lincoln Park Zoo who are forced to confront the reality of their situation and their relationship to each other, fresh from its showing at the South By Southwest film festival where it won the Special Jury Prize "For Courage In Storytelling." Director Collin Schiffli and star/screenwriter David Dastmalchian are currently scheduled to attend the screening.
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