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Homefront

| November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Whatever you’re thinking, re-think it,” is the kind of derivative action hero one-liner that Sylvester Stallone cranks out so easily and Jason Statham delivers so assuredly in several movies, not excluding Homefront. The latest Stallone-penned action-drama stars this generation’s heir to genre’s throne—Jason Statham, and includes an impressive supporting cast, as well as a solid […]

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

| November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

“‘One Man’s Courage’” It’s exciting to see an actor physically adapt for a role. Contemporary examples point to Christian Bale in Hunger and Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables. In Dallas Buyers Club, smooth tongued Matthew McConaughey slims (way) down to play AIDS patient Ron Woodroof. Watching the skin-and-bones performance, one begins to question the sincerity of the portrayal; is […]

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Web

Web

| November 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Web is a documentary that shows the impact of the Web and its effect, good or bad, on civilization. A major part of the documentary shows the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program that seeks to provide $100 laptops for school children in the remote areas of the world who, along with their parents and […]

Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Just in time for Thanksgiving, writer/director Will Slocombe is serving an unhealthy helping of family dysfunction in the form of Cold Turkey. Rife with the tired clichés that typically afflict family dramedies and pandemic with unlikable characters, the film is as burdening as the fictional clan it depicts. Poppy (Peter Bogdanovich, The Last Picture Show), […]

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Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

| November 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

I tried not to get my hopes up too high going into the Thor sequel, but couldn’t help but think the trailers looked really really good.  I kept telling myself that the trailers for Iron Man 3 looked great too, and that was a jokey mess.  Fortunately, The Dark World did not disappoint in any way and made for a wonderful […]

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Birth of the Dead

Birth of the Dead

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The pop culture obsession with zombies shows no signs of abating, with The Walking Dead currently shambling through its fourth season and somebody, somewhere still trying to get an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies off the ground, to say nothing of the never-ending stream of low-budget direct-to-disc films clogging up Redboxes and VOD […]

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Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kill Your Darlings (2013) is a fascinating and entertaining, but ultimately flawed film that details one of the incidents in the life of William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster, Alpha Dog) that Burroughsphiles like myself find incredibly intriguing — the murder, by nineteen year-old Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan, Chronicle), of his thirty-three year-old stalker David Kammerer (Michael […]

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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

| October 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Any person with a pulse couldn’t stand to sit through more than two hours of a sweeping, intense, overwhelming, gripping movie such as 12 Years a Slave and not walk out the theater, simply angry and speechless, but at the same time needing to express what you just felt even days after feeling it. Chiwetel […]

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Blue Is The Warmest Color

Blue Is The Warmest Color

| October 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

The struggles between the physical and mental aspects of romantic desire are intensely deconstructed in director Abdellatif Kechiche’s latest film, Blue Is The Warmest Color. Loosely based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel Le bleu est une couleur chaude, the story centers on a 15-year old girl named Adele (played by Adele Exarchopoulos) who is climbing into […]

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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Columbia College Chicago alum and director known for the movie Soul Food, George Tillman was honored at the 49th Chicago International Film Festival, just as his latest film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, was hitting local theaters. Another local Chicago “church girl made good” Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) plays a drug-addicted single mom prostitute in […]

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