November 15, 2013 4:53 pm
The Trials of Muhammad Ali has secured a second week of bookings at all three Chicago venues it is currently playing in: the Music Box Theatre, ICE Lawndale, and Chatham 14. If you're in Chicago, you have until Thursday November 21st to catch the film - and to help it perhaps get a third round!
The hometown success was no doubt buoyed by the appearance of director Bill Siegel and the inimitable Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the champ's former wife, at several screenings on opening weekend. Check out photos and video from opening night at Music Box and also Chatham (where local rapper and activist Rhymefest brought a group of youth from Donda's House for a screening).
Check out reviews from Chicago film critics:
- "A unique and inspiring viewing experience." - Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com.
- "Thanks to tireless research that uncovered a great deal of previously unseen material, director Bill Siegel (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND) has assembled a tremendous documentary" - Steve Prokopy, Ain't It Cool News.
- Bruce Ingram of the Chicago Sun-Times calls the film "Fascinating... a mind-blower."
- J. R. Jones selected the film as a Chicago Reader 'Critic's Choice', praising it for providing "new insights into this remarkable world figure."
- Ray Pride calls the film a "a rock-solid portrait of Ali’s passions about faith and conscience" in New City.
- Brian Tallerico at HollywoodChicago.com gives the film 4/5, writing: "We learn about King, Malcolm X, and other leaders of the fight for human rights in classrooms. We should learn about Ali. And “The Trials of Muhammad Ali" would be a great place to start."
- Kat Sachs at Cine-File calls the film "expertly paced... a happy medium between expansive legend and centralized nuance... an antithesis to the Ken Burns-style of long-form documentary filmmaking, packing in just as much subject matter in a film more suitable for enjoyable theatergoing."
- Kim Bellware at Huffington Post writes: "The overall effort is one of trial -- and ultimately triumph -- that shows with sadness, rage and grace the defining years of one of the greatest athletes of all time."
- Chuck Sudo of Chicagoist says the film's focus on Ali's life outside the ring "breathes new life into the Ali narrative and ropes the viewer in immediately for a brisk-paced, 94-minute thrill ride."
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