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The Five-Year Engagement Review

There are romantic comedies and then there’s real life. “The Five-Year Engagement,”  believes it can be both. This latest collaboration between Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) stars Segel and Emily Blunt as Tom and Violet, a pair of totally-in-love inseparables whose plans to tie the knot keep getting pushed back to accommodate […]

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Fall Movie Preview 2012: Animated Movies

Fall brings either downright bad animated films or hidden gems. Considering three of these films will be distributed by Disney, the odds are better on the gems in 2012. Just this prospect alone is an improvement on the family offerings in the fall of recent years. Although “Puss in Boots” and “Dolphin Tale” won over […]

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Interview: Erin Dalian Discusses Her Inspiration for “Broken & Beautiful”

Chicago-based screenwriter Erin Dalian has taken the leap. A leap of faith, in a sense, but also a leap as a filmmaker. She decided rather than just write her new film, “Broken & Beautiful,” she would make it herself. A year and a half later, it has finally started making festival rounds and premieres in […]

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Fall Movie Preview 2012: Comedy

Comedy offerings this fall won’t have you marking your calendar. Scroll below and you won’t see the names Jonah Hill, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Seth Rogen, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis or anyone remotely linked to them. A majority of these movies don’t warrant a trip to the theater, but one or two are bound to […]

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Fall Movie Preview 2012: Action/Thrillers

The action films of this fall range from horror-action to sci fi to martial arts, but a good chunk of them are “people go missing and revenge is the solution” flicks. Perhaps that’s inspired by one particular sequel in bunch…

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Fall Movie Preview 2012: Drama

And the drama begins. As the fall festival circuit ramps up, so do the number of dramatic films, many of which are vying for Academy attention come the winter. Fall is also the home of many feel-good dramas that don’t have much awards potential. Let’s see if we can’t sort them out.

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Celeste and Jesse Forever Review

Lots of comedies in the last year or so have focused on whether two people can be involved sexually without being involved romantically. “Celeste and Jesse Forever” asks if two people who were involved sexually can be involved platonically. Both beat the dead horse of “complicated” relationships in film, but what’s nice about “Celeste and […]

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The Five Breakout Stars of Summer 2012

It’s the end of the summer, at that means other than my Best and Worst of the Summer,  it’s time for my fourth annual “Five Breakout Stars of the Summer” post. Last year was a knockout year, as many of those names have already become household, including “Bridesmaids” star Melissa McCarthy and Chris Hemsworth. This […]

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The Best and Worst of Summer 2012

The weather might still be pretty hot, but school’s back in session and Summer 2012 is in the books. That means its time again to sort through the biggest movie season of the year (for those not obsessed with golden statuettes) and pick the very best and the very worst.

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Watch It Now: ‘The Last Hug’ is Sincere Storytelling

A girl doesn’t know anything about her father and resents her mother for it. It’s a common source of familial tension explored in film, but it’s the pure, clear focus of the short film “The Last Hug” from Chicago Talkies Limited, and there’s a certain genuineness and moral warmth in the approach of writer/director Raza […]

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Hit and Run Review

Fast cars and comedy have never really gone hand in hand. Movies such as the “Fast and Furious” franchise have always been about the cars, with the jokes mostly sticking to characters digging at each other and one-liners. “Hit and Run,” on the other hand, is all about the humor — with a side of […]

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The Expendables 2 Review

You’d think putting together an action ensemble of some of the best muscle-bound men to ever grace the silver screen warrants an effort that goes beyond casting, but that’s not what we got in 2010’s “The Expendables.” The healthy dose of blood spatter and explosions certainly whetted action fans’ appetites, but the film ultimately fell […]

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Wrath of the Titans Review

“Wrath of the Titans” really captures the spirit of its 2010 predecessor — that spirit being uninspired and underdeveloped. If the goal was not to work on improving the quality of the sequel, Warner Bros. succeeded.

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‘NightShift’ is Every Creative Nerd’s Fantasy

Anyone who believes they’re meant to do something creative for the rest of their life (I’d raise my hand if I weren’t typing), will identify with the simple wish fulfillment of “NightShift,” a new short film from Chicago’s Derptastic Entertainment that you can check out at a free screening on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Stage […]

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The Campaign Review

The political campaign system in America has done a good enough job making a joke of itself that “The Campaign” as an idea for a comedy either seems redundant — or perfect. With contemporary comedy staple Will Ferrell going toe-to-toe for the first time with fast-rising star Zach Galifianakis, there is no cap on the […]

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