Archive for October, 2009

Ice Age:Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ice Age:Dawn of the Dinosaurs

| October 28, 2009

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a heartfelt, hilarious animated story starring Ellie the elephant (voiced by Queen Latifah) and Manny the elephant (voiced by Ray Romano) as a couple anticipating the birth of their first child. Sid plays the nasty, stinky sloth who might be just a bit jealous that his good friend […]

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Capturing History: The People Behind ‘By The People’

Capturing History: The People Behind ‘By The People’

| October 28, 2009

Ever since Barack Obama stepped foot into the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the excitement generated by his presence has been inescapably palpable. Roughly a year after he was elected Senator of Illinois, and nearly a year before he announced his candidacy for President of the United States, filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams decided to […]

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Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s and 1970s Collection Vol. 2

Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s and 1970s Collection Vol. 2

| October 28, 2009

If there’s one thing my kids have a hard time comprehending, it’s the difference between their entertainment choices now and what ours were when we were their age. We didn’t get our first VCR until I was 17, we didn’t get cable until in was in junior high, and even then it was just HBO, […]

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On the Road with Charles Kuralt, Set 1

On the Road with Charles Kuralt, Set 1

| October 27, 2009

In 1967, journalist Charles Kuralt began traveling across America in a motor home with a small television crew. He sought out overlooked stories of ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things, from the country’s best shoe salesman to the willingly impoverished Bishop of Spokane. It began as a three-month trial run but ultimately found Kuralt patrolling the […]

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Chéri

Chéri

| October 27, 2009

Prostitution is rarely, if ever these days, associated with rags to riches/true love stories such as that of Pretty Woman. Society has, for the most part, adopted a considerably more honest view of prostitution as exploitation, often involving the enslavement of young women. And so the days of romanticizing the oldest profession in the world […]

Nothing Like the Holidays

Nothing Like the Holidays

| October 26, 2009

Nothing Like the Holidays is such a delightful movie about the Christmas gathering of a proud, hard-working, close Puerto Rican family living in Chicago. Freddy Rodriguez stars as Jesse, in the Rodriguez family, who returns home from Iran, after receiving an injury and losing a best buddy. All isn’t well with his family, which is […]

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Place of Execution

Place of Execution

| October 26, 2009

One of the best edge-of-your-seat television mysteries this season, Place of Execution premieres on Masterpiece Mystery! November 1-8, 2009. In 1963 a 13-year-old girl vanished without trace – the mystery was never solved. More than 40 years later, the events surrounding the disappearance and the hunt for the killer resurface when a high-flying TV journalist […]

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Amelia

Amelia

| October 25, 2009

Amelia Earhart’s reputation certainly precedes her, but Hillary Swank and Director Mira Nair give us a perfectly packaged film with none of the suspense, surprise, or sensation belonging to the first person to fly the Atlantic. Few traces of Swank’s raw and biting Oscar-winning performances in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby can be […]

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

| October 25, 2009

Oh no, another vampire flick. Yes, all of you bloodsuckers out there, you are going to have to wait for the next Twilight installment just a little bit longer. In the meantime, this film about a boy vampire should fulfill your craving. Tired of the same storyline: boy is a vampire, girl falls in love […]

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Split Pillow Gives a Haunted Gala

Split Pillow Gives a Haunted Gala

| October 25, 2009

Chicago’s Split Pillow company rang in a new year of indie movie-making at the Haunted Gala this month, looking forward to the release of their latest feature presentations, the horror comedy Eye of the Sandman and the documentary Life as Lincoln. In the spirit of horror and Halloween, guests at the event were invited to […]

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