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November 10, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) Which documentarian but Werner Herzog would prompt a reverend, who has been speaking in a cemetery about both executions and how much he enjoys seeing animals roaming a golf course, “Please describe an encounter with a squirrel”? Herzog (“Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” “Grizzly Man”) has a natural curiosity for life's odd, mysterious details. It's life's mysteries concerning truth, death and rehabilitation, he posits in “Into the Abyss,” that render the death penalty unjust.
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November 10, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) Which documentarian but Werner Herzog would prompt a reverend, who has been speaking in a cemetery about both executions and how much he enjoys seeing animals roaming a golf course, “Please describe an encounter with a squirrel”? Herzog (“Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” “Grizzly Man”) has a natural curiosity for life's odd, mysterious details. It's life's mysteries concerning truth, death and rehabilitation, he posits in “Into the Abyss,” that render the death penalty unjust.
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July 23, 2012 | By Matt Lindner, For RedEye
Let's make one thing clear for those of you who apparently have completely misinterpreted everything Penn State-related over the past week--the NCAA isn't punishing the innocent by levying severe sanctions against Penn State, rather they're punishing the university culture that allowed the innocent to be stripped of their innocence in the first place. The facts are there. Multiple people looked the other way while an assistant football coach sexually abused a number of children, continually allowing him to attend university functions and use university facilities despite having an inkling...
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April 30, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
As soon as Cesare Borgia's nun lover was found murdered in Sunday night's “Stray Dogs,” I just knew the cardinal and Showtime's “The Borgias” were going to take viewers on a thrill ride. And thanks to a superb performance by Francois Arnaud as Cesare, it was a fascinating trip into the dark corners of a vengeful mind and hurting soul. The ride started when Cesare's chief henchman Micheletto (Sean Harris, also wonderful) rounded up Rome's stray dogs - a group of soldiers for hire - to attack the French with less-than-honorable weapons and tactics.
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August 20, 2012 | Stephen Markley
It's always enjoyable when you get a fine example of the absurdities, comic and tragic, of closed societies operating under the scrutiny of authoritarian forces and organized religion. However, I'd also note that it sucks to practice art in a free society where the right of speech is, for the most part, sacrosanct. Case in point: the Russian band Pussy Riot (yes, I'm ashamed I wasn't the first to think of some kind of joke about that being my high school nickname), which filmed a semi-lewd but mostly weird video in a Russian Orthodox Church where they criticized...
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January 14, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Details of the West Memphis 3 investigation can only be described as ridiculous. “They had one guy say that I looked at him and made him levitate. And this is in police records,” says Damien Echols, who in 2011 was freed from prison after 18 years on Death Row. “To me it's not the misinformation that's so unbelievable, it's the fact that people took it seriously … It was all made-up crap.” As chronicled in the “Paradise Lost” documentary series and the new doc “West of Memphis” (opening Friday)
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June 19, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
Writer Keith Huff talks "Mad Men," "House of Cards" and his world premiere noir comedy play at Lookingglass He won a Writer's Guild Award for "Mad Men," wrote for the first season of "House of Cards" and is currently working on a new SyFy show called "Helix" with executive producer Ron Moore of "Battlestar Galactica" fame, but lifelong Chicagoan Keith Huff is first and foremost a playwright. His drama, "A Steady Rain" - in which two Chicago cops make a career-ending domestic disturbance decision - debuted in 2007 at Chicago Dramatists and earned a Broadway run starring...
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