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April 3, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) Usually awards bait actually gets a proper release. Yet after a brief run in late 2010 landed Halle Berry a Golden Globe nomination, “Frankie and Alice” disappeared. Until now. And until a few minutes into the movie, I'd forgotten that I'd already seen it three years ago. Not a good sign. Also not a good sign: “Frankie and Alice” comes from a team of six writers whose most notable credit is “Save the Last Dance.” Most of the time, Frankie (Halle Berry)
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April 3, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) Usually awards bait actually gets a proper release. Yet after a brief run in late 2010 landed Halle Berry a Golden Globe nomination, “Frankie and Alice” disappeared. Until now. And until a few minutes into the movie, I'd forgotten that I'd already seen it three years ago. Not a good sign. Also not a good sign: “Frankie and Alice” comes from a team of six writers whose most notable credit is “Save the Last Dance.” Most of the time, Frankie (Halle Berry)
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June 28, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Close the nominations. Contest over. The worst musical score of 2012 goes to “People Like Us,” which delivers such manipulative twinkle-twinkle-jangle-string-section compositions that even the few moments of this melodrama that would have felt authentic turn to corny mush. Cue the dramatic orchestration to express my discontent for composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”). On the plus side, the movie's two-star rating belongs almost exclusively to a four-star performance from Elizabeth Banks, breathing vibrant personality into a movie...
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April 1, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye
As the dance music community mourned the loss of an international icon Tuesday, it also looked back to remember his legacy. Frankie Knuckles (known as "the Godfather of House Music" for his pioneering work in the 1980s creating the genre now known as house) created a nation of DJs who trafficked in his trademark house style, a specific strain of dance music focusing on a concise 4/4 beat pattern, partnered with drum machines and synths. Knuckles died unexpectedly Monday at age 59. Born in the Bronx in 1955, Knuckles moved to Chicago in the 1970s after honing his skills alongside fellow Dance Music Hall of Famer...
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December 1, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Zero stars (out of four) The examination of class in “Answers to Nothing” consists of Ryan (Dane Cook) briefly looking at a homeless person. The examination of race boils down to an African-American woman (Kali Hawk), who says she hates black people, deciding to look on the bright side. As for the discussion of infidelity, there isn't one. Ryan simply cheats on his wife Kate (Elizabeth Mitchell) - he's so sleazy he tells the romantic story of his grandparents' love while receiving oral sex from his mistress Tara (Aja Volkman)
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April 7, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Strange things sometimes happen to me, and my mother recently reminded me of where this particular curse-blessing (a curse because they often suck, but a blessing because then I can write about them) may have originated. My mom is currently teaching a seminar on bathrooms. You did not read that wrong. My mom, a respected scholar in her field, is teaching a class on bathrooms at the liberal arts college where she works (I mean, how has this not been on “Hannity” yet?). I assume next semester, she'll lecture on Sour Patch Kids or wainscoting.
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June 25, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Even in small roles, Elizabeth Banks often has a major impact on her movies. Consider her memorable, unbridled scene in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” in which she teaches Steve Carell's character about the, uh, talents of a handheld showerhead, or the fact that the romantic trajectory of “Wet Hot American Summer” results largely from Banks' character tasting like a burger. “It's true,” the 38-year-old actress says with a laugh. “I think that Paul [Rudd]'s character just wanted a little side strange.” Now, of course, Banks takes up far more screen time,...
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April 1, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye
As the dance music community mourned the loss of an international icon Tuesday, it also looked back to remember his legacy. Frankie Knuckles (known as "the Godfather of House Music" for his pioneering work in the 1980s creating the genre now known as house) created a nation of DJs who trafficked in his trademark house style, a specific strain of dance music focusing on a concise 4/4 beat pattern, partnered with drum machines and synths. Knuckles died unexpectedly Monday at age 59. Born in the Bronx in 1955, Knuckles moved to Chicago in the 1970s after honing his skills alongside...
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May 1, 2013 | By Melanie Zanona and For RedEye
I attended high school in Chicago's upper-class Lincoln Park neighborhood, surrounded by brownstone mansions and designer boutiques. Though I was no stranger to the concept of violence-- we went through metal detectors and had police officers on staff at Lincoln Park High School--I never thought that one of my classmates, Frankie Valencia, would be brutally shot and killed by a gangbanger outside of a Halloween party. And I definitely couldn't have imagined that one of his best friends, Ricky Pike, another classmate of ours, would also be senselessly lost to gun...
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May 1, 2013 | By Melanie Zanona and For RedEye
When Joy McCormack's son was murdered after a Halloween party in 2009, she was lost: not only in trying to rationalize why this senseless act occurred, but also in the horrific aftermath of navigating everything from emergency rooms to courtrooms. "I looked in the phone book, I looked online, but I could find no resources to help me," McCormack said. "I was so outraged and so shocked. I thought, 'How could this be happening to me? What's going on? Why is no one helping me?' " McCormack's son--Francisco "Frankie" Valencia--was a...
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April 7, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Strange things sometimes happen to me, and my mother recently reminded me of where this particular curse-blessing (a curse because they often suck, but a blessing because then I can write about them) may have originated. My mom is currently teaching a seminar on bathrooms. You did not read that wrong. My mom, a respected scholar in her field, is teaching a class on bathrooms at the liberal arts college where she works (I mean, how has this not been on “Hannity” yet?). I assume next semester, she'll lecture on Sour Patch Kids or wainscoting.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Close the nominations. Contest over. The worst musical score of 2012 goes to “People Like Us,” which delivers such manipulative twinkle-twinkle-jangle-string-section compositions that even the few moments of this melodrama that would have felt authentic turn to corny mush. Cue the dramatic orchestration to express my discontent for composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”). On the plus side, the movie's two-star rating belongs almost exclusively to a four-star performance from Elizabeth Banks, breathing vibrant...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Even in small roles, Elizabeth Banks often has a major impact on her movies. Consider her memorable, unbridled scene in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” in which she teaches Steve Carell's character about the, uh, talents of a handheld showerhead, or the fact that the romantic trajectory of “Wet Hot American Summer” results largely from Banks' character tasting like a burger. “It's true,” the 38-year-old actress says with a laugh. “I think that Paul [Rudd]'s character just wanted a little side strange.” Now, of course, Banks takes up far more...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Zero stars (out of four) The examination of class in “Answers to Nothing” consists of Ryan (Dane Cook) briefly looking at a homeless person. The examination of race boils down to an African-American woman (Kali Hawk), who says she hates black people, deciding to look on the bright side. As for the discussion of infidelity, there isn't one. Ryan simply cheats on his wife Kate (Elizabeth Mitchell) - he's so sleazy he tells the romantic story of his grandparents' love while receiving oral sex from his mistress Tara (Aja Volkman)
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March 17, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart
You know how The Roots band leader Questlove kind of always seems to be in Chicago deejaying at a nightclub nearby? If you didn't previously think that these sets were not to be missed, i'm telling you: Don't miss a Questlove DJ set if you can help it. Headlining an all-star lineup of DJs at the live Turntable.fm showcase at SXSW on March 15--with A-Trak and Diplo--Questlove led a group of dance-hungry kiddos (like myself at the time, let's be...
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April 3, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Chicago house music DJ and producer Farley "Jackmaster" Funk could get honored with his own street in the South Loop. Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) introduced the honorary street proposal on Wednesday, days after the death of the "Godfather of House Music" Frankie Knuckles. The northeast corner of 1300 block of South Michigan Avenue at East 14th Street would be designated as Farley Jackmaster Funk Way. The Chicago native, born Farley Keith, hit Chicago airwaves in the early 80's as an original member of the "Hot Mix 5," a DJ coalition that...
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