Film

2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs

2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs

| December 13, 2016

Every year, Major League Baseball Productions releases a home media collector’s set of that year’s World Series champions. However, the 2016 release is a little more special than the others. No offense to the other World Series champs of recent memory, but the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series was more historic and epic. Not […]

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Nine Lives

Nine Lives

| December 9, 2016

Kevin Spacey is one of my favorite actors.  His performances in American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, House of Cards, L.A. Confidential, and so many more give me chills.  So, what he’s doing in a comedy where he plays a corporate jerk who gets turned into a cat is perplexing to me. The story isn’t much […]

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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Creepshow 2

Creepshow 2

| December 7, 2016

The anthology has been a staple of the horror genre almost since horror began. Usually an anthology consists of two or more stories that are somehow connected. Most horror anthology movies have at least one memorable story. Some are crafted well enough that all the stories are well done. Two prime examples are 1945’s Dead […]

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The Quiet Earth

The Quiet Earth

| December 5, 2016

Before directing Young Guns II (1990), the immensely fun Freejack (1992), and serving as second unit director on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand’s Geoff Murphy co-wrote/directed one of the most stirring and relatable films about humanity at the end of the world in 1985’s New Zealand-set The Quiet Earth. One of astrophysicist […]

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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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Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne

| December 2, 2016

I’m not sure why I insist on continuing to watch every Jason Bourne movie that comes along.  Part of me hopes that one of the sequels will eventually manage to recapture the magic of the original Bourne Identity.  I had high hopes for this latest chapter in the life of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon; The […]

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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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C.H.U.D.

C.H.U.D.

| November 23, 2016

In a previous review (The Initiation) I discussed the year 1984 and its impact on the horror genre. A Nightmare On Elm Street and arguably the best of the Jason Voorhees flicks Friday The 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter were released in ’84. Those two movies were very successful at the box office. However, […]

The Land

The Land

| November 22, 2016

Executive producer Nasir “Nas” Jones  presents this vivid inner-city saga set amidst Cleveland’s hip-hop underground. Teenage buddies Cisco (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), Junior (Moises Arias), Boobie (Ezri Walker), and Patty Cake (Rafi Gavron) shrug off school to practice skateboarding, which they hope will be their ticket to a better life. In the meantime, they steal cars […]