Pick of the week: “Uncle John“ — My full review is here. This 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival hit, filmed in Lodi and Chicago, is part rural noir, as a farmer (John Ashton) wrestles with the consequences of a deadly deed. But it’s also an urban romance, as the farmer’s nephew deals with love and career issues in the Chicago advertising. How director Steven Piet and co-writer Erik Crary bring the two genres in an effective way helps make for an assured debut.
Pick of the week: “In A World . . .“ — My full review is here. Lake Bell wrote, directed and starred in this sly comedy about a female voiceover artist trying to make it in a male-dominated profession. It’s very funny, but also has a lot to say about the need for women to find their “voice.”