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November 17, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) George Clooney goes to Hawaii in “The Descendants,” but no one should expect a movie as light and amusing as “George Clooney Goes to Hawaii” would be. (Memo to studio heads: I expect a producer credit when you move forward on this as-of-yet non-existent documentary idea.) Rather, director/co-writer Alexander Payne's first feature since 2004's “Sideways” takes place against a beautiful island backdrop where the family drama has all the stress-free glamor of Cleveland.
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May 28, 2014 | Anna Pulley, @annapulley and RedEye's sex columnist
Dear Anna, My BFFs at my book club have been reading “Fifty Shades of Grey.” In between gulps of Yellowtail chardonnay, and prompted by your recent column about butt play for everyone, one of us blurted out: “I wonder which number is greater: the guys whom we've gone to bed with on our first date, or the guys who have done us up the butt?” The non-scientific study of my BFFs showed the numbers to be near equivalent, but that may not be a representative sample. When we tried to Google the information, we received an error message.
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May 21, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Amid all the fanfare and preparations for the NATO summit, the Chicago Department of Transportation quietly opened the Morgan stop in the West Loop on Friday. Green and Pink Line riders can now use the station, under construction since the summer of 2010. There were more workers putting finishing touches on the platform than riders waiting for trains Friday morning when Going Public visited the station, off Morgan and Lake Streets. The stop is the second station the CTA has opened in three weeks after years without new stations.
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January 22, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
"A w indswept blend of fresh water, shoreline woods and a hint of mint. " If that's what Lake Shore Drive smells like to you, see a doctor. But as our friends at Gapers Block pointed out Wednesday , Bath and Body works has a "Lake Shore Drive" scented candle for sale, and it smells like nothing but waxy goodness.  While we haven't lit one ourselves, the reviews on the site are all five-star.  " This candle smells so lovely!" reads one review. "In the description there is no mention of melon, but I really think it smells like one!"
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December 20, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**** (out of four) At BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) pours out someone else's heart, using submitted photos and e-communication to craft anniversary cards and more. He speaks to the computer, the program writes in lovely handwriting and a decades-long love is sustained and honored by a third party. Lack of interpersonal connection in the Internet and smartphone age has become an onscreen cliche (and the driving force behind this year's "Disconnect" with Jason Bateman)
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May 28, 2014 | Anna Pulley, @annapulley and RedEye's sex columnist
Dear Anna, My BFFs at my book club have been reading “Fifty Shades of Grey.” In between gulps of Yellowtail chardonnay, and prompted by your recent column about butt play for everyone, one of us blurted out: “I wonder which number is greater: the guys whom we've gone to bed with on our first date, or the guys who have done us up the butt?” The non-scientific study of my BFFs showed the numbers to be near equivalent, but that may not be a representative sample. When we tried to Google the information, we received an error message.
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December 22, 2011 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) At one point in the joyous French silent film “The Artist,” former American silent movie star George Valentin (Cannes best actor winner Jean Dujardin) receives a compliment that kills him: “My father is a big fan.” That's because it's the early 1930s, talkies have taken over, and unlike Gene Kelly in “Singin' in the Rain,” George hasn't adapted to the changing industry. At all. Instead, he's watched as Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo, irresistible)
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January 11, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
I've never been much of a fan of Frank Gallagher, the patriarch of the perpetually down-but-never-out Gallagher kids of Chicago's South Side on "Shameless" ( 8 p.m. CT Jan. 13, Showtime; 3 stars ). But I love the show. It's not that William H. Macy doesn't nail the role. Frank's a deadbeat, a drunk and anything but lovable--a smart decision that keeps the show from being overly sentimental. Ever the narcissist, Frank sees his kids as a means to an end. He exploits them; he neglects them.
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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...
NEWS
January 22, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
"A w indswept blend of fresh water, shoreline woods and a hint of mint. " If that's what Lake Shore Drive smells like to you, see a doctor. But as our friends at Gapers Block pointed out Wednesday , Bath and Body works has a "Lake Shore Drive" scented candle for sale, and it smells like nothing but waxy goodness.  While we haven't lit one ourselves, the reviews on the site are all five-star.  " This candle smells so lovely!" reads one review. "In the description there is no mention of melon, but I really...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**** (out of four) At BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) pours out someone else's heart, using submitted photos and e-communication to craft anniversary cards and more. He speaks to the computer, the program writes in lovely handwriting and a decades-long love is sustained and honored by a third party. Lack of interpersonal connection in the Internet and smartphone age has become an onscreen cliche (and the driving force behind this year's "Disconnect" with Jason Bateman)
NEWS
August 29, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
Like many college students, Blair Brettschneider, a graduate of the University of Miami, admits that just a few years ago her future seemed rather uncertain. “I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life,” said Brettschneider, a Michigan native who studied journalism. She contemplated possibly writing for a magazine, or better yet, starting a magazine of her own - a self-described “smart” publication for girls (“I was sick of looking at prom dresses,” she said). But just two short years later, Brettschneider is far...
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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...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
I've never been much of a fan of Frank Gallagher, the patriarch of the perpetually down-but-never-out Gallagher kids of Chicago's South Side on "Shameless" ( 8 p.m. CT Jan. 13, Showtime; 3 stars ). But I love the show. It's not that William H. Macy doesn't nail the role. Frank's a deadbeat, a drunk and anything but lovable--a smart decision that keeps the show from being overly sentimental. Ever the narcissist, Frank sees his kids as a means to an end. He exploits them; he neglects them.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) I don't love the title. Yet I'm highly in favor of almost everything else about “Silver Linings Playbook,” which turns grief and mental illness into rich fodder for warmth, connection and comedy. That's not a stretch for writer-director David O. Russell (“Flirting with Disaster,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “The Fighter”), who's experienced in the chaos and laughs that can come from family members being themselves and trying to get their lives outside the home on track.
NEWS
May 21, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Amid all the fanfare and preparations for the NATO summit, the Chicago Department of Transportation quietly opened the Morgan stop in the West Loop on Friday. Green and Pink Line riders can now use the station, under construction since the summer of 2010. There were more workers putting finishing touches on the platform than riders waiting for trains Friday morning when Going Public visited the station, off Morgan and Lake Streets. The stop is the second station the CTA has opened in three weeks after years without new stations.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) I don't love the title. Yet I'm highly in favor of almost everything else about “Silver Linings Playbook,” which turns grief and mental illness into rich fodder for warmth, connection and comedy. That's not a stretch for writer-director David O. Russell (“Flirting with Disaster,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “The Fighter”), who's experienced in the chaos and laughs that can come from family members being themselves and trying to get their lives outside the home on track.
NEWS
August 29, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
Like many college students, Blair Brettschneider, a graduate of the University of Miami, admits that just a few years ago her future seemed rather uncertain. “I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life,” said Brettschneider, a Michigan native who studied journalism. She contemplated possibly writing for a magazine, or better yet, starting a magazine of her own - a self-described “smart” publication for girls (“I was sick of looking at prom dresses,” she said). But just two short years later, Brettschneider is far...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2011 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) At one point in the joyous French silent film “The Artist,” former American silent movie star George Valentin (Cannes best actor winner Jean Dujardin) receives a compliment that kills him: “My father is a big fan.” That's because it's the early 1930s, talkies have taken over, and unlike Gene Kelly in “Singin' in the Rain,” George hasn't adapted to the changing industry. At all. Instead, he's watched as Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo, irresistible)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) George Clooney goes to Hawaii in “The Descendants,” but no one should expect a movie as light and amusing as “George Clooney Goes to Hawaii” would be. (Memo to studio heads: I expect a producer credit when you move forward on this as-of-yet non-existent documentary idea.) Rather, director/co-writer Alexander Payne's first feature since 2004's “Sideways” takes place against a beautiful island backdrop where the family drama has all the stress-free glamor of Cleveland.
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