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Summer Movie Forecast 2018

Summer Movie Forecast 2018
If I’m getting a late start on this year’s Summer Movie Forecast, it’s only because the summer movie season keeps getting earlier. With the release of Avengers: Infinity War a week early – on April 26 – summer officially began in April. Soon, we’ll just have huge blockbusters all year round. Black Panther is just... Read more »

Ready Player One and All of Spielberg's Movies Ranked

Ready Player One and All of Spielberg's Movies Ranked
Ready Player One is in theaters now, and Film Twitter is deeply divided, as it is with nearly everything these days. Well, except for Paddington 2 and Black Panther. I have no interest in any of the hot takes about how it ignores Gamergate, fails to adequately portray The Iron Giant, or relies too heavily... Read more »

Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

Most Anticipated Movies of 2018
Now that we’re a few weeks into the new year, and, with the release of The Post and Phantom Thread, can finally put 2017 in our rear view mirror, it’s time to look ahead to the most anticipated movies of 2018! To help out with this post (heck, it was actually his idea to do... Read more »
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15 Awesome Halloween Costume Ideas From This Year's Movies (2017)

15 Awesome Halloween Costume Ideas From This Year's Movies (2017)
Halloween is only 10 days away now. If you’ve put off deciding on your costume until the last minute, Hammervision is here to help. Here are 15 awesome Halloween costume ideas from this year’s movies that will surely please the movie and pop culture-literate folks at your party, trick ‘r treat outing, or workplace function. Some are more... Read more »

Dead Draw Comes Home to Chicago on October 5

Dead Draw Comes Home to Chicago on October 5
Movies take a long time to make. I should know. I laid witness to the whole process having co-produced and served as legal counsel on the movie, Dead Draw. The good news is we actually have something to show for it after 4 years. And, you’ll be able to see it. Soon! Back in Fall 2013,... Read more »

Summer Movie Scorecard 2017

Summer Movie Scorecard 2017
With Labor Day right around the corner, and nothing save for a 40th anniversary re-issue of Close Encounters of the Third Kind worth seeing in theaters, I think it’s safe to say that the summer movie season is officially over. What to make of this summer? Well, it was one dominated by one good-to-great superhero... Read more »
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Summer Movie Forecast 2017

Summer Movie Forecast 2017
Though I’ve done this post every year for the last 7 years, this may be the first year where the concept of a summer movie no longer means what it once did. When Beauty and the Beast opens to $175M in March and then goes on to make $500M, or when The Fate of the... Read more »

The 10 Best Moments from the 2017 Oscars

The 10 Best Moments from the 2017 Oscars
It was a long show. A lot went down. And, for those who tuned out or went to bed early, you missed a doozy of an ending. Now that we’ve all had time to reflect on last night’s ceremony, here are my picks for the 10 best moments from the 2017 Oscars: *** Enjoy this... Read more »

Chicago Moviegoing on a Budget: 9 Trusty Tips from an Expert

Chicago Moviegoing on a Budget: 9 Trusty Tips from an Expert
As all of you know by now, I see many movies in the theater. Too many? One could certainly make a case for that. One of the questions I typically get is: where do you find the money to pay for all these movies? Well, up until about six months ago, I used this excellent... Read more »
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12 Awesome Halloween Costumes From This Year's Movies (2016 Edition)

12 Awesome Halloween Costumes From This Year's Movies (2016 Edition)
Halloween parties are going to start cropping up the next few weekends, and after procrastinating to this point, you’re finally ready to start thinking about a costume. But, what to wear? Never fear, I’ve got all you movie fans covered. This post is for those looking outside the superhero box. Oh sure. You could dress as... Read more »