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November 30, 2011 | By Matt Pais, RedEye
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June 20, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Here are some things that don't make sense to me: -- Adapting a book that is all detailed oral history and no thrills into the exact opposite - a film that aims for streamlined excitement and minimal human interest within a planet consumed by zombies. -- Making a zombie horror film restrained enough for a PG-13 rating that relies mostly on faceless, generic CGI oceans of sprinting, screaming monster maniacs - particularly when the book's zombies were slow.
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June 20, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Here are some things that don't make sense to me: -- Adapting a book that is all detailed oral history and no thrills into the exact opposite - a film that aims for streamlined excitement and minimal human interest within a planet consumed by zombies. -- Making a zombie horror film restrained enough for a PG-13 rating that relies mostly on faceless, generic CGI oceans of sprinting, screaming monster maniacs - particularly when the book's zombies were slow.
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August 16, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) Let's play a game: A new comedy features jokes about stereotypical French people smuggling sausage into the U.S., pigeons pooping on people, a couple who uses an electric toothbrush during sex and gratuitous shots of the butts of both a beautiful young woman and an overweight old man. What filmmaker do you think takes responsibility? If you say you guessed Julie Delpy (best known as Celine in “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset”), you're lying. Five years ago Delpy wrote, directed and starred in “2 Days in Paris,” but that...
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August 16, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) Let's play a game: A new comedy features jokes about stereotypical French people smuggling sausage into the U.S., pigeons pooping on people, a couple who uses an electric toothbrush during sex and gratuitous shots of the butts of both a beautiful young woman and an overweight old man. What filmmaker do you think takes responsibility? If you say you guessed Julie Delpy (best known as Celine in “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset”), you're lying. Five years ago Delpy wrote, directed and starred in “2 Days in Paris,” but that...
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January 30, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) I don't know if Playgirl Forum exists. If it does, the ridiculous story behind “Labor Day” may have been ripped straight from the archives. Despite starring Kate Winslet and being written and directed by Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”), the film boils down to a daytime soap about Stockholm syndrome. Escaped and bleeding convict Frank (Josh Brolin) forces divorced shut-in Adele (Winslet) and her teenage son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), to take him in. That may sound scary.
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February 13, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
It's the morning of Valentine's Day. You've got dinner plans, your finest clothes on, but there's something ... missing, right? Silly Chicagoan! You forgot the V-Day JAMS! Music is beyond important for creating an atmosphere of amour. Don't believe me? Play that Mumford & Sons record during foreplay and see if you don't get thrown out of the house like Jazz on "Fresh Prince. " In our neverending attempt to get you laid, RedEye reached out to Tess Kisner and Kristen Kaza of Andsrsonville and Logan Square,  the...
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February 19, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
"Star Wars Rebels" has introduced its first female character, Sabine, a Mandalorian with an interest in art - and explosives. "She likes to blow things up," says actress Tiya Sircar, who is voicing the character. "She does it with flare, because she's also an artist. " Sabine is a key member of the Ghost crew, which consists of its captain, Kanan; its muscle, Zeb; its young con man, Ezra; and its cranky droid, Chopper. The latest video introduction from Lucasfilm and Disney shows early design concepts of the...
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February 6, 2012 | By Erin Brereton and For RedEye
Two local chefs this year have an alternative to the annual Chicago Restaurant Week . Phillip Foss and Shin Thompson are hosting a joint feast Feb. 21 and calling it the Anti-Restaurant Week Dinner, but they say they aren't necessarily against the annual 10-day event designed to entice new diners with discounted menus. “Restaurant Week was always a great means to build revenue during a generally slow time of the year,” said Foss, who serves elaborate multicourse meals at his restaurant El in Lawndale.
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February 17, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) Just before “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” ends, Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) tells us in voiceover, “My name is Johnny Blaze. I am the Ghost Rider.” After two movies in a Marvel Comics franchise, the filmmakers probably shouldn't have to worry that no one remembers the most basic detail about the main character. Or maybe they should. This unnecessary sequel to the long-forgotten 2007 action flick again succeeds only in draining all fun out of total nonsense.
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November 30, 2011 | By Matt Pais, RedEye
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March 22, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
Two downtown marches have been organized for Friday as a peaceful sign of support for the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was shot and killed last month in Florida. Marchers are encouraged to wear their hoodies just like Martin wore when he was walking home from a convenience store and fatally shot on Feb. 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, who has not been charged. Both marches are intended to be calm, civil and peaceful, organizers said. The Justice for Trayvon march is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. by the bean in Millennium Park and head...
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April 6, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Remember when Jennifer Love Hewitt starred in "Ghost Whisperer" and helped ghosts move on to the other side? Melinda Gordon was a sweet, empathetic medium. In "The Client List" ( 9 p.m. April 9, Lifetime; 2 stars out of 4 ) Love Hewitt is a sweet, empathetic masseuse who closes her sessions with a happy ending. So, more bluntly, she's a hooker with a heart of gold. OK, more succinctly, she's the John Whisperer. Hewitt plays Riley Parks, a woman who lands a job as a massage therapist at The Rub spa to help pay the bills because her hubby,...
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