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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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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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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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Things to Come

Things to Come

| December 2, 2016

The often-fraught relationship between an individual and the passage of time is thoughtfully examined in Mia Hansen-Løve’s latest film Things to Come. The story follows Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) a philosophy teacher at a Paris high school who has built a career out of questioning some of the most profound and complex dilemmas of the human […]

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24th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival

24th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival

| November 24, 2016

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is back for its 24th edition from November 25 to December 11, with a total of 66 films from 30 countries including 34 US and New York premieres. Screenings will be held in three venues in Manhattan: Teachers College, Columbia University, Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas and MIST Harlem. Non-fiction films cover […]

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Keep In Touch

Keep In Touch

| November 10, 2016

From Wilmette, Illinois, native writer-director Sam Kretchmar, Keep in Touch stars Ryan Patrick Bachand  as Colin and singer-songwriter Gabbi McPhee as Jessie in an intimate portrait of a relationship based on deceit.   Kretchmar’s debut film premiered at the Chicago International Movies and Music Fest, where he took home the award for Best Narrative Feature.  Keep in […]

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Off The Rails

Off The Rails

| November 1, 2016

I just wish the public transportation authority in New York City would just give Darius McCollum a job already–if only it were that easy. He knows the system inside and out, because as a child someone took him under his wings and showed him all there was to know about the city’s bus and rail […]

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30th Anniversary Screening of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives w/ director Tommy McLoughlin in Chicago – Oct. 22

30th Anniversary Screening of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives w/ director Tommy McLoughlin in Chicago – Oct. 22

| October 18, 2016

Tommy McLoughlin directed one of the most enduring sequels in the history of horror films with Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. Not only did Tommy bring Jason Voorhees back to life after an untimely death in the 4th installment of the Friday series, but he helped re-invigorate the horror genre as a whole […]

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Mr. Church

Mr. Church

| October 11, 2016

Eddie Murphy, who reportedly hasn’t been in movies lately because he hadn’t been offered any roles, is great in Mr. Church. Murphy plays a cook for a woman named Marie, played by Natascha McElhone, who has been told she has six months to live but survives her cancer for about six years after that. When […]