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November 3, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) I fell madly in love with the best scenes in “Like Crazy,” and there are several of them. So it's nearly as heartbreaking as the film itself to recognize that it's merely a good movie with some greatness in it.   To call the plot simple would be suggesting that relationships are simple, and the whole point of writer-director Drake Doremus' fourth film is that they're not. At least, not as simple as they should be,...
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November 3, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) I fell madly in love with the best scenes in “Like Crazy,” and there are several of them. So it's nearly as heartbreaking as the film itself to recognize that it's merely a good movie with some greatness in it.   To call the plot simple would be suggesting that relationships are simple, and the whole point of writer-director Drake Doremus' fourth film is that they're not. At least, not as simple as they should be,...
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August 13, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Chicagoans awoke Monday to the crummiest weather we've seen in months. Not coincidentally, it's also the first time in weeks we've woken up with no Olympic glory to savor. Say what you will about NBC's coverage (generally nonsensical), the wackiness of the opening ceremonies (enormous Voldemort and strange coal miners, what?)and the end of the Phelpsian era (please, you think his mother will let him quit?), but I'm really going to miss the London Games. These two weeks brought us special moments, like South Africa'sOscar Pistorius and his bionic legs taking to the track, and teen swimmers Katie...
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April 18, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) If “To the Wonder” were a stand-up routine, it'd go something like this: “Didja ever notice how guys are always walking around with their hands in their pockets, saying and expressing nothing? And women are always twirling and letting their emotions get the best of them? Am I right, people?” Because “To the Wonder” comes from Terrence Malick (“The Tree of Life”), the film communicates this tragic gender gap through minimal dialogue. Hey, why show a man teaching his girlfriend's daughter the names of wildflowers and calling her...
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September 26, 2013 | Anna Pulley, @annapulley and RedEye's sex columnist
Dear Anna, About six months ago I started online sexy chatting with someone in another coutnry. We got along in this way and started to get along in other ways, too. We began to talk around six hours a day. Just recently I visited him; the sex and everything else is unbelievable. He's visiting me in about a month or so, and we agreed to stay true to each other until then. But herein lies the rub, or lack thereof. We live in different places and have different lives. I love this guy. But I also love my job, my friends, etc. How long should I keep my...
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June 15, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
It appears that the union of geeky movies with burger chains is still going strong these days. Remember when you could buy Star Wars tumbler glasses at that particularly royal fast food burger joint? I sure miss those. Well, while they aren't offering collectible kitchenware, the folks at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers have put a new spin on the promotional burger tie-in. They're offering free tickets, a shot at a trip to Japan, and burgers inspired by "The Wolverine", the new X-Men spin-off...
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November 20, 2011 | Andy Downing, For RedEye
As December rolls into Chicago, a range of must-see shows accompany the plummeting temperatures, including an arena turn from one fast-rising indie icon (Bon Iver) and a rare appearance from a true rock legend (Jerry Lee Lewis). And while entertainment options dry up around Christmas, New Year's Eve looks to be packed with difficult decision for fans of dance music (Rusko vs. The Hood Internet), rock (Disappears vs. Cage the Elephant) and soul (JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound vs. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears vs. Otis Clay)
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November 1, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
“Don't do it,” whispers “Like Crazy” star Felicity Jones. “Stay away!” urges co-star Anton Yelchin. That's their advice for people thinking of getting into a long-distance relationship, and the actors are only sort of kidding. The romantic, sad “Like Crazy,” opening Nov. 4, demonstrates that bridging a love across London and Los Angeles isn't as easy as just knowing the other person cares about you. When British college student Anna (Jones) violates her visa to spend the summer with her American boyfriend Jacob (Yelchin,...
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