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Whisky Galore

Whisky Galore

| May 16, 2017

During World War II, a small Scottish island village ran out of whisky.  Making peace with this reality, the residents went about their lives until fate brought a cargo ship too close to their shore, wrecking itself on some nearby rocks.  Among the ship’s cargo, 50,000 cases of whisky in route to New York City. […]

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Road Warrior’s Vernon Wells in Chicago for 35th Anniversary Screening

Road Warrior’s Vernon Wells in Chicago for 35th Anniversary Screening

| April 24, 2017

On April 29, 2017, Vernon Wells will be at the Patio Theater in Chicago for the Sci-Fi Spectacular movie marathon, signing autographs and participating in a Q&A after the event’s 35th Anniversary screening of The Road Warrior. More details on the film lineup and vendors below, but be sure to let them know on the event’s Facebook […]

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RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop

RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop

| April 14, 2017

Spring is in full bloom. Flowers are growing, birds are singing, and Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, & Kevin Murphy are making fun of a legendary bad movie on a Nashville stage! That’s right: the RiffTrax gang is at it again, live from the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee. And they have quite the doosy of […]

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The Death of Louis XIV

The Death of Louis XIV

| April 2, 2017

King Louis XIV was an avid backgammon player, and one day while playing with his courtiers produced a move that seemingly went against the rules. Louis thought he was in the right, but the courtiers remained silent, not wanting to go against the King’s wishes. To resolve the deadlock, the King called in the Count […]

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Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Contains Spoilers

Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Contains Spoilers

| March 31, 2017

Rupert Sanders’ rendition of Masamune Shirow’s seminal manga, Ghost in the Shell, is a beautiful Hollywood blockbuster, that only manages to capture the aesthetics of the franchise, rather than the intellectual introspection of identity and self that the sci-fi series is known for. While Shirow’s manga touched on this, it is in Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 […]

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Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper

| March 25, 2017

Olivier Assayas’s latest film, Personal Shopper, was met with high praise when released during last year’s Cannes Film Festival. While the film managed to win Best Director, which Assayas shared with Cristian Mungiu, the film was extremely divisive amongst the critics who saw it, even as going as far as booing the film during its […]

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After the Storm

After the Storm

| March 17, 2017

The complexities of failure and one’s acceptance of it are compellingly examined in director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film After the Storm. The story follows Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a struggling novelist employed at a private detective agency in Tokyo. Ryota claims the job is temporary, and his only reason for taking the position is to conduct […]

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Don’t Kill It

Don’t Kill It

| March 3, 2017

Since the inception of the motion picture, the horror genre has been a major player in the industry. George Melies introduced his horror short House of the Devil in 1896. Over the last 111 years, every possible idea for horror seems to have been exhausted. The trick is how to breathe life into stories and […]

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Get Out

Get Out

| February 27, 2017

Jordan Peele’s Get Out tackles the myth of a post-racial America head-on. Unlike so many horror movies, Peele chooses to have his social commentary sit out in the open, where his audience has no choice but to interact with it. And unlike so many recent horror movies, Get Out offers very little in the way […]

Chicago Symphony Center premieres It’s a Wonderful Life with live orchestra

Chicago Symphony Center premieres It’s a Wonderful Life with live orchestra

| December 7, 2016

Chicago Symphony Center celebrates the 2016 holiday season with myriad musical programs offering audiences of all ages and tastes a chance to share unique, family-friendly events and treasured traditions continuing through December 23.   Returning favorites include acclaimed vocal groups Chanticleer and the Vienna Boys Choir performing seasonal favorites, as well as the Chicago Symphony […]

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