Review: As Earth Devolves into War, An American and Russian Space Crew Clash in I.S.S.

More an ethical puzzle than a proper film, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite (known for the docs Blackfish and The Grab, as well as the narrative feature Megan Leavey), works from a […]

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Cover of Everything Is Going to Be Okay (Until It's Not) by Georgia Garvey

Interview: Columnist Georgia Garvey on Her Greek Heritage and New Book, Everything Is Going to Be Okay (Until It’s Not)

The phrase “it’s all Greek to me” is often used to refer to complicated things people cannot understand. Yet for award-winning columnist and former Chicago Tribune editor Georgia Garvey, her […]

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Review: Dover Quartet Plays a Blustery Program on a Blustery Night

On a blustery Friday night, the Dover Quartet gave a note-perfect performance at the Northwestern Winter Chamber Music Festival at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston. While the Chicagoland region was […]

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Preview: Count Down the Days (6!) to the 6th Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

A revolt of the animals to save the planet. The adventures of a marooned astronaut. The creation of an Afro-futurist Pinocchio. A monster who can’t scare a scaredycat. Urban youth […]

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Review: Kevin Hart Dials Back the Antics for Lift, a Serviceable, Airborne Heist Movie

It’s a new month, so it’s time for a new Kevin Hart movie on Netflix. This time around, Hart forgoes comedy for something in the action-heist genre with Lift, in […]

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Recap: Fargo (S5, Ep4) — Two Tense Home Invasions Frame Another Great Episode

The truth is undoubtedly Fargo‘s largest overarching theme. The original movie and now every episode of the show opens with text that declares that we are watching something that actually […]

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Review: Astounding and Grossly Captivating, The Zone of Interest Is Challenging, Frustrating and Essential Art

It may sound like an unlikely endorsement for a film, but stay with me here: The Zone of Interest will make you want to puke from discomfort and anxiety. Or […]

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Review: In Occupied City, Filmmaker Steve McQueen Recounts Amsterdam’s History Through Its Present

In one of the most unique examinations of the past almost entirely using images of the present, director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave, Widows) brings us a provocative and […]

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Review: Actor Jake Johnson Moves Behind the Camera for Original, Likable Self Reliance Co-Starring Anna Kendrick

Marking his debut as a writer/director, actor Jake Johnson brings us his funny and mostly charming take on reality shows, Self Reliance, in which he plays Tommy, a middle-aged guy […]

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Review: Jason Statham Goes After the Queen Bee (and Her Son) in Violent Actioner The Beekeeper

If you deliberately turn up for a movie starring Jason Statham, I’m guessing The Beekeeper is exactly the type of movie you’re hoping will play. Directed by David Ayer (Fury, […]

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Review: Twenty Years Later, Mean Girls Adds Music but Remains as Quotable as Ever

Rosalind Wiseman’s Queen Bees and Wannabes was published in 2002, a non-fiction guide for parents on the cliques and exclusionary behavior teen girls engage in during their formative high school […]

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Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 1/11 and Beyond

Winter seems to finally be here! The forecast says heavy snow on Friday, but it’s Chicago and the events are still coming. Whether you have tickets to the soldout GCW […]

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