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November 10, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**** (out of four) The stunningly beautiful, remarkably powerful film from writer-director Lars Von Trier bears plenty in common with “The Tree of Life,” if “Tree” were an extraordinary vision of flawed human behavior in the context of a fragile world. You know, rather than a repetitive rumination on how pretty trees are and how much kids are - thanks, Capt. Obvious - influenced by their parents. As “Melancholia” opens, Von Trier presents gorgeous images of people like Justine (Kirsten Dunst, excellent)
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May 17, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) If you think stupidity is an automatic movie deal-breaker, don't see an action spectacle about aliens attacking military vessels that's thinly based on a board game. Entertainment doesn't always require smarts, though, and the foolishness of “Battleship” feels harmless compared to the smug, often-offensive assault of the similar-looking “Transformers” series. No insensitivity goes unchecked in “Battleship,” and I didn't mind the dumbness of lines like, “Who do I call to teach you humility?
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May 17, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) If you think stupidity is an automatic movie deal-breaker, don't see an action spectacle about aliens attacking military vessels that's thinly based on a board game. Entertainment doesn't always require smarts, though, and the foolishness of “Battleship” feels harmless compared to the smug, often-offensive assault of the similar-looking “Transformers” series. No insensitivity goes unchecked in “Battleship,” and I didn't mind the dumbness of lines like, “Who do I call to teach you humility?
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November 10, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**** (out of four) The stunningly beautiful, remarkably powerful film from writer-director Lars Von Trier bears plenty in common with “The Tree of Life,” if “Tree” were an extraordinary vision of flawed human behavior in the context of a fragile world. You know, rather than a repetitive rumination on how pretty trees are and how much kids are - thanks, Capt. Obvious - influenced by their parents. As “Melancholia” opens, Von Trier presents gorgeous images of people like Justine (Kirsten Dunst, excellent)
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April 3, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
"True Blood" begins its seventh season June 22, HBO announced Thursday. It's also your last chance to drink in new episodes of the vampire tale. The 10-episode season will be its last. Whether it will be worth watching has yet to be determined. But one thing has been cleared up already: Hot Norse vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) will be back after sit appeared he burned up in the sun last season. HBO also announced that "The Leftovers," a new drama from Damon Lindelof and novelist Tom Perrotta, will begin its 10-episode season at 8 p.m. June 15 after the Seoans 4 finale of "Game...
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May 23, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Imagine if Henry James were alive to hear that his 1897 novel had been adapted by writers whose previous work includes the “Dungeons and Dragons” movie and an episode of “Tales from the Crypt.” You can't make up this stuff. Something else that's hard to believe: Julianne Moore playing an irresponsible rock star with a young daughter, Maisie (Onata Aprile), whom Susanna (Moore) treats primarily as collateral in her war with her soon-to-be ex-husband Beale (Steve Coogan)
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June 6, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) At a glance, few actors intimidate less than Ellen Page. She's the size of an ottoman and sounds like a mouse that learned to speak. As part of an eco-terrorist group in the riveting, morally challenging thriller “The East,” though, Page and her colleagues transfer frustration toward unpunished, evil corporations into chilling acts of revenge. Unofficially led by Benji (Alexander Skarsgard), the resistance movement known as the East reasons that organizations who poison water and create dangerous...
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June 13, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
I can't decide whether I love, hate or love to hate HBO's "True Blood" ( 8 p.m. CT June 16, HBO; 2 stars out of 4 ). With its many repeated plot points and an ever-increasing roster of supernatural beings, it doesn't seem to be aging as gracefully as its immortal vampires. But damn, it still makes me laugh with lines like this one from Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis): "That was the sickest [bleep] I ever saw on TV. And I watch 'Dance Moms.'" The sixth season premiere, "Who Are You, Really?"
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April 11, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) I'd say I'm of two minds about “Disconnect,” but I think it's more like my mind and my heart don't agree on this one. For starters: IMDB plot summaries don't get much drier than, “A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world.” Come on, you don't want to see that movie. Especially when the poster says “look up” and features a bunch of people milling about. We know we're disconnected - you may have read a story about it earlier today, gazing at your...
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May 14, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Geek confession time! When the show True Blood first premiered on HBO, I wasn't a fan. Quite frankly, I felt as if the show was treading too closely to territory that belonged to my all-time favorite vampire series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer. " But as the show proressed and the characters developed, I came to really enjoy the world that Alan Ball crafted out of the "southern fried vampire" books by Charlaine Harris . Over 5 seasons, True Blood has been able to do things that couldn't be done on Buffy, exploring...
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June 5, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Brit Marling seems to have a thing for punishment. In “Another Earth,” she wrote about a woman seeking redemption following a vehicular manslaughter; in her film opening Friday, “The East,” an anarchist group seeks vengeance on corporations for harming the public. “Do I feel like I should be punished? I never linked those two, but you're right,” the Winnetka native actress/co-writer says at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. “I think 'Another Earth' was a lot about grief and figuring out how to build another life for yourself out of the ashes of a former life.
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April 28, 2014 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye
Is Chicago having a big year at the movies or what? One of the spring's biggest films ("Divergent") was set here, filmed here and based on a book by a local author. Now two of summer's biggest movies, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "Jupiter Ascending," plop the city back on giant screens, this time with even bigger stars (Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum/Mila Kunis, respectively). Yes, there also are "Spider-Man" and "X-Men" sequels on the way, plus "Guardians of the Galaxy," Angelina Jolie being evil in "Maleficent" and more Shailene Woodley in "The Fault in...
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