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November 3, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) I support liking brie on your burger, but snooty businessman Arthur Shaw's (Alan Alda) extravagance catches up to him when the FBI snags him for securities fraud. Since the stolen money includes the pensions of all the staff in Arthur's building, a ragtag crew of the tower's employees/residents (Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Michael Pena) recruit an amateur thief (Eddie Murphy) to help swipe $20 million from the crook. If ever there was a victimless crime, this is it. The buzz: Not only does the plot and rhythm of the occasionally...
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March 4, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
"'Oysters' is the inviting sign on a basement saloon at the corner of Wabash avenue and Twenty-second street. Mr. George H. Smith is its proprietor. And daily between midnight and cockcrow, there come sounds of revelry there-from bearing testimony to the quality of oysters and the abundance of the cheer. " - From "Oysters and Wine at 2 A. M.," Chicago Daily Tribune, Dec. 4, 1888 With the advent of ice-bearing "refrigerated" train cars rolling in to Chicago in 1852, oysters arrived by the barrel.
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July 11, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye Sound Board
**** (out of four) It's impossible to review "Channel Orange," the epic solo debut Frank Ocean dropped early Tuesday, without also talking about what's happened in his life in the past week. That includes: an immediately legendary late-night performance and a much-discussed revelation about Ocean's first love. When talking about this bombshell of an album, the real-life and the recorded material can't be separated.   It's unclear whether the Odd Future member calculated that sort of bottleneck timing or whether he was just doing things on his own terms.
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October 24, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) Closing out Survival Month at the Movies (“Gravity,” “Captain Phillips,” “12 Years a Slave”), “All is Lost” presents the gravity of being Captain Redford for eight days. No, that isn't the name of the unidentified sailor (Robert Redford) whose boat is violently poked by a shipping container 1,700 nautical miles from the Sumatra Straits. (Of course I knew that was in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Who told you I was awful at geography?) He's everyone - a sole representative for human existence, fighting the odds and seeing that it's not over until it's...
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October 24, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) Closing out Survival Month at the Movies (“Gravity,” “Captain Phillips,” “12 Years a Slave”), “All is Lost” presents the gravity of being Captain Redford for eight days. No, that isn't the name of the unidentified sailor (Robert Redford) whose boat is violently poked by a shipping container 1,700 nautical miles from the Sumatra Straits. (Of course I knew that was in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Who told you I was awful at geography?) He's everyone - a sole representative for human existence, fighting the odds and seeing that it's not over until it's...
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March 4, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
"'Oysters' is the inviting sign on a basement saloon at the corner of Wabash avenue and Twenty-second street. Mr. George H. Smith is its proprietor. And daily between midnight and cockcrow, there come sounds of revelry there-from bearing testimony to the quality of oysters and the abundance of the cheer. " - From "Oysters and Wine at 2 A. M.," Chicago Daily Tribune, Dec. 4, 1888 With the advent of ice-bearing "refrigerated" train cars rolling in to Chicago in 1852, oysters arrived by the barrel.
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February 10, 2013 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye
Criticize the Grammys if you must--I do frequently--but it's hard to deny the event remains music's biggest night ... at least when host LL Cool J reminds audiences of that constantly. Still, without an Adele-sized winner, Sunday's show belonged to Justin Timberlake, who didn't disappoint during his much-anticipated performance of the first two tracks from his upcoming "The 20/20 Experience" album. In other talkable news, Mumford and Sons unjustly won Album of the Year (Frank Ocean or Black Keys or Jack White, come on)
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June 24, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Rapper Jay-Z put his fans to work Saturday, hosting a scavenger hunt through his native New York borough of Brooklyn that resulted in the unveiling of the track list for his 12th album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail.” According to the website of hip-hop magazine Vibe, fans scoured the city in search of black binders containing the titles of the 13 songs on the new album. Jay-Z will release “Magna Carta Holy Grail” on July 7. There is a special release date for Samsung Galaxy users, through the Jay-Z Magna Carta app, on...
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April 19, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Nothing articulates the persistence and struggle of life in the jungle more than a chimpanzee's use of a large rock, which inspires narrator Tim Allen to mention “power tools” and grunt like his “Home Improvement” character Tim Taylor. Naturally, this gets a big rise out of the animals, who were all big Jonathan Taylor Thomas fans. That's a joke, of course, as is the increasing trend of Disneynature films (the terrific “Earth,” dull “Oceans” and decent “African Cats”)
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August 2, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Obvious statement of the day: Dumb criminals are funny. Once the ordinary Joes in “The Babymakers” become dumb criminals - in service of robbing a sperm bank - the movie transforms from a low-impact comedy with too many loose ends into a likably absurd mini-riff on “Ocean's Eleven.” That is, if Danny Ocean was a schlub who was attracted to large melons on the cover of a food magazine and desperately needed to...
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February 10, 2013 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye
Criticize the Grammys if you must--I do frequently--but it's hard to deny the event remains music's biggest night ... at least when host LL Cool J reminds audiences of that constantly. Still, without an Adele-sized winner, Sunday's show belonged to Justin Timberlake, who didn't disappoint during his much-anticipated performance of the first two tracks from his upcoming "The 20/20 Experience" album. In other talkable news, Mumford and Sons unjustly won Album of the Year (Frank Ocean or Black Keys or Jack White, come on)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye Sound Board
**** (out of four) It's impossible to review "Channel Orange," the epic solo debut Frank Ocean dropped early Tuesday, without also talking about what's happened in his life in the past week. That includes: an immediately legendary late-night performance and a much-discussed revelation about Ocean's first love. When talking about this bombshell of an album, the real-life and the recorded material can't be separated.   It's unclear whether the Odd Future member calculated that sort of bottleneck timing or whether he was just doing...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) I support liking brie on your burger, but snooty businessman Arthur Shaw's (Alan Alda) extravagance catches up to him when the FBI snags him for securities fraud. Since the stolen money includes the pensions of all the staff in Arthur's building, a ragtag crew of the tower's employees/residents (Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Michael Pena) recruit an amateur thief (Eddie Murphy) to help swipe $20 million from the crook. If ever there was a victimless crime, this is it. The buzz: Not only does the...
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May 30, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) With a good magic trick, you feel just as tickled during the illusion's setup as you do after the big finish. In the magician heist-thriller “Now You See Me,” giddy mind games just give way to indifference. At least the film keeps enough mysterious plates spinning for audience members to miss some of what it's up to. In the introductory sequence, an unknown figure scouts four ambitious magicians as they seem to evade flesh-eating piranhas or read people's minds.
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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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