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There's still "Something There" with the new Beauty and the Beast

There's still "Something There" with the new Beauty and the Beast
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Genre: Fantasy Musical Rating: PG Running Time: 129 mins. Premise: When her father is held prisoner in the Beast’s castle, Belle (Emma Watson) volunteers to take his place and finds the castle and everyone living inside has been cursed by a witch. The handsome prince is now a hideous Beast (Dan Stevens), and the support... Read more »

X marks the spot: Logan is the best X-Men movie yet

X marks the spot: Logan is the best X-Men movie yet
LOGAN Genre: Action Rating: R Running Time: 135 mins. Premise: The year is 2029, and mutants are nearly extinct. Logan a/k/a Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is hiding out near the Texas border with Charles Xavier a/k/a Professor X (Patrick Stewart) but the two find themselves on the run when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by deadly mercenaries. Behind-the-Scenes: This is Jackman’s ninth... Read more »

20 Recent Movies You Probably Haven't Seen But Should (2017 Edition)

20 Recent Movies You Probably Haven't Seen But Should (2017 Edition)
With Oscar season behind us, we can finally look ahead to 2017’s promising new releases. Many won’t be able to get themselves to a theater as often as they’d like, so if you’re stuck at home biding your time, here are a few of last year’s most enjoyable, criminally underseen films. Notice I said underseen,... Read more »
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GET OUT Makes American Horror Movies Great Again

GET OUT Makes American Horror Movies Great Again
Get Out Genre: Horror Rating: R Running Time: 104 mins. Premise: When Ruth (Girls’ Allison Williams) brings her black boyfriend, Chris (Sicario’s Daniel Kaluuya) home to meet her parents, Chris discovers that seemingly innocent racial tensions have a more sinister undertone. Behind-the-Scenes: Jordan Peele (of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele) makes his directorial debut. He also wrote the script. Produced... 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 »

Everything Is... Just Kinda Pretty Good in The LEGO Batman Movie

Everything Is... Just Kinda Pretty Good in The LEGO Batman Movie
The LEGO Batman Movie Genre: Animated Rating: PG Running Time: 106 mins. Premise: When the Joker unleashes a new threat to Gotham’s citizens, Batman (Will Arnett) must save the day while embracing his extended family, including adopted son, Dick Grayson a/k/a Robin (Michael Cera). Behind-the-Scenes: Director Chris McKay hails from TV’s Robot Chicken. In one of many nods to 1989’s... Read more »
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John Wick Chapter 2 kicks all of the ass

John Wick Chapter 2 kicks all of the ass
JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2 Genre: Action Rating: R Running Time: 122 mins. Premise: Just when he thought he was out, and had put his violent past behind, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is pulled back into the criminal underworld to repay a debt. In the process, a giant bounty is placed on his life and Wick... Read more »

A Dog's Purpose is . . . MURDER. DEATH. CARNAGE.

A Dog's Purpose is . . . MURDER. DEATH. CARNAGE.
A DOG’S PURPOSE Genre: Fantasy/Drama Rating: PG Running Time: 120 mins. Premise: A dog learns his true purpose in life after being reincarnated several times over and living multiple lives with different owners. Behind-the-Scenes: Based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron. The film got into some hot water with PETA close to its release date after... Read more »

Movie Review - xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Movie Review - xXx: Return of Xander Cage
xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE Genre: Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 107 mins. Premise: When his handler is killed, the extreme sports, fur-jacket wearing Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is brought back into the xXx program to recover a stolen device called “Pandora’s Box” and, you know, save the world and shit. Behind-the-Scenes: Hot off the... Read more »
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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 »