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March 8, 2013 | RedEye
Another special screening of Nick Offerman's "Somebody Up There Likes Me" has been added to the Music Box's schedule this weekend. There will now be a 5:15 p.m. Saturday after which Offerman will conduct a question-and-answer session. Offerman will be present for four other special showing, but the Saturday shows are sold out. Tickets for tonight's shows are going quickly, so buy them now at musicboxtheatre.com. Tickets cost $10. There will be screenings of the film at the Music Box without Offerman present until March 14. Want more?
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May 8, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
For the record: While I'm a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, I did not program the CFCA-created Chicago Critics Film Festival, which takes over the Music Box through Thursday. I have, however, seen several of the movies on the schedule. Here are some tips about what to see at the fest ($12-$15 for individual tickets; $75 weekday pass; $100 weekend pass; $150 for full festival pass; full schedule at chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com), kicking off at 7 p.m. Friday with David Wain's “They Came Together.” The film stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler; Wain will be in attendance for a post-movie...
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March 15, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and RedEye
Less than a month after the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin received national attention last year, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer on Chicago's West Side. Boyd's death last March incited little outcry in Chicago, which saw 52 murders alone the month she was killed. Unhappy with the lack of media attention surrounding Boyd's case, investigative filmmaker Keith Beauchamp decided to include her case in his documentary "The Injustice Files: Hood of Suspicion" for his Investigation Discovery network show.
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May 8, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Millennium Park's free Summer Film Series lineup for 2014 may be its most nostalgic yet. You'll have the chance to quote "If you build it, he will come," "This one goes to 11" and "I feel the need ... the need for speed!"  Yes, "Field of Dreams," "This Is Spinal Tap" and "Top Gun" all are on the docket for upcoming Tuesday evenings, along with newer releases such as "Dreamgirls" and "20 Feet From Stardom. " All movies begin at 6:30 p.m. and are broadcast on a 40-foot LED screen; viewers can sit in Jay Pritzker Pavilion or bring a blanket and...
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February 5, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
For national audiences, stars Olivia Wilde ("House") and Jake Johnson ("The New Girl") are the two biggest reasons to see "Drinking Buddies. " But Chicagoans will want to see it to support its two local stars - Revolution and Three Floyds breweries. Both breweries have roles - one on-screen, one behind-the-scenes - in the film, which was directed by Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg and will debut at Austin's South by Southwest festival in March. The film follows the relationship between Kate (Wilde)
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May 2, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) To an extent, any look behind the scenes of the adult film industry carries with it a certain level of judgment. You don't often see a documentary about finance that asks white-collar types, “So, how did you wind up in a place like this ordinary office building?” Obviously, acting in films whose names I can't print here involves a different routine than the usual 9-to-5. At the end of the day, though, it's both a cliche and a generally unrecognized fact that the men and, more...
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May 20, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
When the Wachowski's (architects of The Matrix Trilogy ) set out to adapt David Mitchell 's brain-bending sci-fi novel CLOUD ATLAS for the big screen, I'm sure there were many who thought it couldn't be done. In fact, during one of the behind-the-scenes featurettes on the recent Blu-Ray/DVD release of the film, they admit to having their doubts at times. But after viewing the film in the comfort of my own home, with the leisure pace allowed by the home theater experience, I would attest that they succeeded in creating a...
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November 12, 2013 | RedEye
Variety reports: The apocalypse-themed comedy "This is the End" was the last movie rented from the now-defunct movie rental chain Blockbuster. The aptly titled film was rented from a closing Blockbuster location in Hawaii at 11 p.m. Saturday. Blockbuster tweeted a photo of the historic transaction, which prompted the film's star, co-writer and co-director Seth Rogen to tweet: "The last movie ever rented from a blockbuster was this is the end. In high school I would go hang out at blockbuster every day. " Get the full story: variety.com . Want...
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March 27, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye
Once in a while, a movie slips under your radar. For about, oh, 20 years. In 'Big-screen blind spot,' we sit down with those 'classic' movies everybody but us has seen and give them the nostalgia critic treatment. Confession: Until last night, I had never seen “Lost In Translation,” the Sophia Coppola-helmed Bill Murray/Scarlett Johansson vehicle about loneliness, longing and Japan. Had I watched it in 2003 at the age of 18: As a freshman in college, my key focuses were consuming alarming amounts of Southern Comfort, sex, “Madden NFL” and downloading music...
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December 25, 2011 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
"Uh, I just watched #TheDarkKnightRises trailer, and I feel like my erection might be visible from space. " Or so I tweeted from the dazed fugue state I found myself in following the two minutes and change I spent at the height of guy-movie arousal for Christopher Nolan's third (and final?) Batman movie. Yes, feel free to make your clever joke about how the "visibility" would have to rely on Pentagon spy satellites that can count the hairs on the beards of Taliban fighters - whatever!
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April 18, 2014 | By Kristin Samuelson, @ksamredeye and RedEye
Well, they're going to have a hard time renting those condos out now.  A big old blaze inside a vacant building at 955 W. Grand Ave. caused a gaper's delay on the Kennedy Expressway -- because of course it did -- around 11 p.m. Thursday as drivers slowed down as if they'd never seen fire before.  Despite the errant semi truck, this cellphone footage recaps the scene from the Kennedy. Typically, a single fire engine on the scene of a fire this size would be cause for concern, but there wasn't any actual danger.
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April 17, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) When self-described “railway enthusiast” Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) meets Patti (Nicole Kidman) on a European train, the chemistry instantly sizzles, “Before Sunrise”-style. They bond over transportation and traveling. She almost immediately gets him to shave his mustache, holding her kisses hostage until he obliges. What the former nurse can't get the man she soon marries to do, however, is open up about a traumatic past that sparks terrified visions and violent outbursts.
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April 2, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Even the CTA takes selfies. The CTA is filming its work on the Red Line on the South Side nearly a year after it revamped the track and stations there. During filming, trains are running single track overnight Wednesday between the Cermak-Chinatown and Garfield stops and overnight Thursday between the 47th and 69th stops. A CTA spokeswoman said the agency will film through sewers along the line. She likened the filming to a plumber looking into a drain to make sure plumbing is working.
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February 26, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Production of the final season of "Strike Back" has been delayed at least six months after star Sullivan Stapleton suffered a serious injury off-set in Thailand. Cinemax confirmed the news after Deadline broke the story Wednesday. The nature of the injury is being kept private. Stapleton costars with Philip Winchester as two members of an elite military unit called Section 20. The adventure series had been filming its 10-episode fourth season in Bangkok when Stapleton hurt himself while exploring the city in his off time.
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January 21, 2014 | By Sean Ely, @theseanwow and RedEye
For so many comedians, New York City is the goal. The path? Work hard, write new material, perform as many times as you can on stage in a week, get noticed and then move to the Big Apple … never looking back. The road for Hannibal Buress - who has lived in New York for five years - follows that general direction. Until, of course, you get to that last part. “Chicago is where I'm from,” said the 30-year-old comic while enjoying a drink at Old Town Ale House during a trip home over the holidays.
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January 17, 2014 | By Krystal Hernandez,@KrystalLoDash and For RedEye
Today we have a home video review from Geek To Me 's newest contributor, Krystal Hernandez. In it, she takes a look at the newest release from Entertainment One, the gothic horror remake "We Are What We Are. " And we even have a contest to win a copy of the film!: We Are What We Are (2013) “We Are What We Are” is a reworking of Jorge Michel Grau's “Somos Lo Que Hay” , a film popularized in Mexico and translated to the English screen with a little twist.
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July 17, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Last month one of the most popular and ground-breaking movie trilogies of all time was released on blu-ray. The MAD MAX TRILOGY would put a young New York-born, Australian actor by the name of Mel Gibson on the map; inspire a trend in post-apocalyptic, punk rock fashion ; and provide the name for one of the greatest wrestling tag-teams of all time . Within the collection you have MAD MAX, MAD MAX 2 (originally titled THE ROAD WARRIOR in...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2014 | By Krystal Hernandez,@KrystalLoDash and For RedEye
Today we have a home video review from Geek To Me 's newest contributor, Krystal Hernandez. In it, she takes a look at the newest release from Entertainment One, the gothic horror remake "We Are What We Are. " And we even have a contest to win a copy of the film!: We Are What We Are (2013) “We Are What We Are” is a reworking of Jorge Michel Grau's “Somos Lo Que Hay” , a film popularized in Mexico and translated to the English screen with a little twist.
NEWS
November 12, 2013 | RedEye
Variety reports: The apocalypse-themed comedy "This is the End" was the last movie rented from the now-defunct movie rental chain Blockbuster. The aptly titled film was rented from a closing Blockbuster location in Hawaii at 11 p.m. Saturday. Blockbuster tweeted a photo of the historic transaction, which prompted the film's star, co-writer and co-director Seth Rogen to tweet: "The last movie ever rented from a blockbuster was this is the end. In high school I would go hang out at blockbuster every day. " Get the full story: variety.com . Want more?
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October 17, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) You could fault arrogant, deceitful, unethical Julian Assange for a lot, but you can't blame him for resenting “The Fifth Estate.” Based on a book co-written by Assange's former colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, this scattered thriller presents the WikiLeaks founder (played by Benedict Cumberbatch of “Star Trek Into Darkness” and this week's “12 Years a Slave”) as a manipulative villain. Worse, it puts maximum blame on Assange's shoulders for questionable journalism while minimizing the horrific secrets he helped bring to light.
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