Spring is finally here, and you might want to consider spending some of it in beautiful Chicago, Illinois! The Windy City (or the Second City for all my New Yorkers out there amirite?) is a great example of places that we might not always think of getting away to. But, this city has tons of fun activities coming up: the Craft Beer Festival in May, a Cubs or White Sox game at Wrigley Field, or kayaking in the Chicago River in June. Another great thing to do it catch a film or two at the Chicago Critics Film Festival! A little about the festival:

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 Chicago Critics Film Festival is being held from May 9th through the 15th this year, and is hosting over 20 feature films and two short film programs. Check out our favorites:

Starred Up – Drama – The United Kingdom

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This prison drama is based on screenwriter’s Jonathan Asser’s experiences as a volunteer therapist at HM Prison Wandsworth in London. The story focuses on a young man who is incarcerated in the same prison that his father is in the same institution. Starred Up got a 98% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

10,000 Kilometers (aka: Long Distance) – Romance – Spain

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10,000 Kilometers asks a simple yet powerful question: can love survive when two people are 10,000 kilometers apart? Hailing from Spain, this film revolves around two lovers and their relationship in the past, present and future as one spends their time in LA and the other in Barcelona. 10,000 Kilometers received an 8.2/10 on IMDb.

Mystery Road – Mystery/Drama – Australia

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Mystery Road follows the story of an Indigenous sheriff in an Outback town as he investigates the murder of a young girl. Full of racial tension, this film will keep you on the edge of your seat. Mystery Road received an 85% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

What’s your favorite city in the spring?

Gabbi Ewing is a rising junior studying Journalism as well as Film & Television at NYU. She is a New Jersey native who enjoys traveling, writing, skiing, and swimming. She hopes to travel the world, but her next adventure is taking her to Sydney, Australia to study with NYU. She aspires to work for National Geographic or Discovery Channel and to use her film, photography and writing skills to help people experience new cultures and places that they don't have the opportunity to travel to themselves.

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