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December 6, 2011 | Ernest Wilkins
***1/2 out of four Let's get the semantics out of the way. This album is not a “rap” album. It is not for anyone whose only knowledge of the Roots is through its new “day job” as house band for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The Philadelphia crew's 10th studio album is a stone-cold concept record that I had to listen to three times to catch everything. Working backward to tell the story of a hustler named “Redford” (a Sufjan Stevens reference, BTW)
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May 29, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) I feel more strongly about the title “Cold in July,” which better not be an accurate forecast, than I do about the movie. That's partly because it's been only four weeks since “Blue Ruin” invigorated a familiar story about vigilante justice and families intertwined by violence. (See it.) Now “Cold” attempts to do the same, with milder results. Playing someone who kills by accident this time around, Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) stars as Richard, who wakes to hear a stirring in the house.
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June 21, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) For an idea of what to expect when you're expecting, don't see “What to Expect When You're Expecting.” Instead check out “Be Good,” another honest, homegrown effort from Chicago writer-director Todd Looby (2009's excellent “Lefty”). Shot primarily in Ravenswood Manor, the movie confronts an incredibly ordinary situation: Mary (Amy Seimetz) returns to her job following her maternity leave, while her husband, Paul (“Lefty” star Thomas J. Madden)
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May 29, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) Love it or hate it, the mean-spirited, wildly profitable “Ted” delivered jokes almost faster than you could process them. It was Seth MacFarlane doing close to nothing to adapt his non sequitur-heavy, racism- and misogyny-friendly sensibilities from animated TV to the big screen. His ted-ious follow-up, “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” allows long stretches between stabs at comedy and is ambitious only in theory. Practically nobody makes expensive Westerns anymore.
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May 16, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) The hunted-in-the-woods thriller “Black Rock” would excite a lot more fans if Mark Duplass had finished writing the script. Instead, Duplass (the weak “Jeff, Who Lives At Home,” the fantastic “The Puffy Chair”) gives his director/star/"The League" co-star/wife Katie Aselton only bare bones to work with, leading to a 75-minute movie with characters who haven't been thought through at all. For no particular reason, Sarah (Kate Bosworth) invites both Lou (Lake Bell)
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September 23, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
This is a tale of two sights. The Montrose station in North Center is a pretty standard Brown Line stop with wood platforms and large artwork in the stationhouse. But on the inbound platform to the Loop, riders have a nice view of a community garden. The outbound platform? Barbed wire that lines nearby buildings. Another potential sighting: Mayor Emanuel. This is his stop and staffers say he rides the train a couple times of week. Next up: Quincy in the Loop Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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March 6, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
What: The first single from the Philadelphia rockers' upcoming sophomore album "Love Sign. " The band's debut "Stuck on Nothing" was one of the most purely enjoyable records of 2010. Recommended if you like: Cowbell, singing along with choruses, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet. " It's impossible not to hear the similiarities. Does that get in the way of being thrilled for the band's ridiculously hummable, air guitar-worthy return? Not at all. Avoid if you hate: Fun, summer, driving with the...
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January 11, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
I didn't think anything could make me as cranky as a Rob Schneider movie does. (OK, his buddy Adam Sandler's movies do too.) But more to the point: Now there's "Rob!" ( 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12, CBS; zero stars ) Schneider's confounding new sitcom that delivers some of the worst jokes put to paper about immigration, rape and many other racist and stereotypical behavior. And I swear I'm not going to play the "politically correct" card here. I'm just trying to say that this show is not funny--at all. Schneider stars a white, middle-aged, longtime...
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January 11, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
"Bones" creator Hart Hanson and Fox used their successful series "Bones" to launch "The Finder," but it pales in comparison to that quirky, clever detective drama. Based on a series of novels by Richard Greener, "The Finder" ( 8 p.m. Thursday, Fox; 2 stars ) tells the story of Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults), a former military policeman who believes that the brain injury he suffered from an Iraqi booby trap has given him the uncanny ability to find anyone or anything--anywhere.
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January 17, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and For RedEye
Review: Little Goat 820 W. Randolph St. 312-888-3455 Rating: 3.5 (out of 4) Heating up Stephanie Izard earned a loyal following when she brought home a "Top Chef" title in 2008. When her new restaurant Girl & the Goat opened in 2010 to rave reviews, she became even more adored. And now, with the opening of Little Goat, her spin on a classic East Coast diner, it seems fitting that the chef who had the whole city talking about pig face now is serving a smoked pork milkshake with a cherry on top. Opened last month in the West Loop, Little Goat has a lot going on....
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May 29, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) Plenty of stories covered in animated Disney movies have become live-action adventures. “101 Dalmatians.” “Alice in Wonderland.” “Mirror Mirror” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” “Hook.” “The Sorcerer's Apprentice.” Next year's live-action “Jungle Book.” I wouldn't bet against a live-action “Lady and the Tramp” starring Uggie from “The Artist.” What makes “Maleficent” special is...
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May 27, 2014 | By Dana Moran, @redeyedana and RedEye
'Me. I am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse” Mariah Carey 2 out of 4 In many ways, Mariah Carey - who's either deeply troubled, absolutely bat[bleep] crazy or both - was Britney Spears before Britney Spears. Both were young artists kept on a tight leash who skyrocketed to astronomical fame, then cracked and got real weird for a few years until the inevitable comeback. The difference is that Mariah legitimately has a phenomenal voice. But instead of letting her powerful pipes stand as the...
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May 22, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Less than two years ago, Joaquin Phoenix starred in a movie that opened with a shot of water - the wake of a boat. Paul Thomas Anderson's challenging masterpiece “The Master” offered not just extraordinary performances but a fascinating examination of guidance, rebellion and so much more. It was the best movie of 2012. Affecting but undeserving of the “masterpiece” tag some have tossed its way , “The Immigrant” also stars Phoenix and also involves water in its opening, to much different effect.
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May 22, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Zero stars (out of four) The heinous “Blended” feels like a two-hour version of Aldous Snow's “African Child” video in “Get Him to the Greek.” It also continues Adam Sandler's streak of taking comedy beyond subjectivity and into objectively despicable, misogynistic cruelty threaded into family-friendly movies. He spits in your face and calls it a kiss. As usual Sandler plays a gigantic jackass and loving father, so he can go for laughs while insulting or punching children.
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May 22, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) One of the worst sins a documentary can commit is assessing a situation and saying, “If everyone could just stop caring about money, things would get so much better.” Discussing the issue of childhood obesity in a somewhat clueless vacuum, “Fed Up” says that 80 percent of the nation's schools have contracts with fast food companies - and just imagine how much healthier kids could be. In theory, that's a great call....
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May 22, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Like a disappointing, minimal adaptation of a great novel, “Ida” (which isn't actually based on a book) turns what should have been a complex mystery into a simple question and answer. The 1960s-set film from Polish director/co-writer Pawel Pawlikowski (“My Summer of Love”) watches as Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) meets her only living relative, Aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), just prior to taking her vows as a nun. Wanda's the opposite of Anna: Outgoing and somewhat desperate, she drinks, smokes and sleeps around.
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May 20, 2013 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart and RedEye Sound Board
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April 12, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) Looking “Scream” in the face and blurting, “You call that self-referential?” the horror-comedy “Detention” unfolds with the hyperactive, exaggerated cleverness of Generation Now. That's not a compliment. Some people called “Project X” an obnoxious encapsulation of today's attention span-deprived adolescents; I'll take 20 wild parties before one onslaught of pop culture references so pleased with themselves they may as well be mumbled into a mirror.
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May 22, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) You can call it superhero burnout, but it's really just idea burnout: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a big-budget, highly anticipated comic-book movie that does nothing to set itself apart. The story? The action? Yes, there's a lot going on. But the texture and wow factors are gone. Don't get me wrong. I really, really liked 2011's “X-Men: First Class,” and “Days of Future Past” does, uh, travel all over the world in hopes of being entertaining.
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May 16, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
**1/2 (out of 4) At its core, "Gang Related" is a story about conflict. Like the Martin Scorsese blockbuster "The Departed," the new Fox series (premiering Thursday) is a story of a cop with family ties to crime. Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez), an officer assigned to an elite unit, is linked to the Acosta crime family - the same one he's supposed to be taking down. The first four episodes have a cinematic quality I couldn't help but compare to 2012's "End of Watch. " The casting is solid - especially "Lost" alum Terry O'Quinn as unit captain Sam...
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