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The Rundown: Week of Oct. 21

Haley Boston, Columnist

October 25, 2012

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip, Movies, Odds & Ends, The Current, TV

This week in the lives of the rich and famous... Less than two weeks before the election, President Barack Obama was the guest on Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show.” His recent appearances on many late-night talk shows allow...

Movie Review: ‘Fun Size’ not so much fun

Aliza Weinberger, Columnist

October 24, 2012

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Movies, Reviews, The Current

It’s October again, which means it's also the season of horror movies and the more kid-friendly Disney Channel Original Movie-esque films. The newest addition to that genre, a Halloween tween comedy called “Fun Size,"  is actu...

Movie Review: ‘Looper’ tells the tale of timeliest assassin around

Sam Freedman, Columnist

October 23, 2012

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Movies, Reviews, The Current

Science fiction often finds itself the odd genre out. Its concepts are occasionally novel and commonly recycled, and its reach has a chronic tendency to exceed its grasp. What a treat it is, then, when science fiction cinema fulfills...

Movie Review: Complex ‘Argo’ showcases Affleck’s directing skills

Aliza Weinberger, Columnist

October 18, 2012

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Movies, Reviews, The Current

When I saw Ben Affleck’s directorial debut a few years ago, I was pleasantly surprised. But now, in his third feature “Argo,” my high expectations were not only met, but exceeded. Affleck may be an A-list actor, but he’s...

Twelve films to see at the Chicago International Film Festival

Megan Pauly, Columnist

October 10, 2012

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Events, Movies, The Current

It's not every day one can take a walk in a foreign world while remaining in a comfortable theater seat. There will be 150 films from 50 countries shown in 14 days at the Chicago International Film Festival. The longest-running...

Movie Review: Dead on arrival, Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ fails to meet expectations

Aliza Weinberger, Columnist

October 5, 2012

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Movies, Reviews, The Current

At this point, it is easy to predict what you’ll get when you see a Tim Burton film: spooky overtones, commentary on suburbia, artistic use (or overuse) of color, and, more often than not, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. And when Burton ...

Movie Review: ‘Pitch Perfect’ hits the right note

Aliza Weinberger, Columnist

October 4, 2012

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Movies, Reviews, The Current

When you first think of an a cappella performance, you probably imagine something that you would hear at a nursing home more so than at a rock show or a dance club. But after seeing "Pitch Perfect," the film-directing debut of...

Movie Review: ‘Mirror Mirror’ brings Snow White to life, again

Aliza Weinberger

April 1, 2012

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies, Reviews

The year 2012 may go down in history as the year of Snow White. There is Ginnifer Goodwin's character on the ABC show "Once Upon a Time," the Kristen Stewart version in the action-filled Snow White and the Huntsman, and the m...

Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games’ successfully shifts from page to big screen

Britta Hanson and Britta Hanson

March 26, 2012

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Books, Movies, Reviews

Where, oh where, is the next young adult franchise? One that will line the studio's pockets with gold and children's heads with lurid dreams? Look no further: The Hunger Games is here. This adaptation of Suzanne Collins' smash-hit...

[MOVIE REVIEW]:Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games’ successfully shifts from page to big screen

Britta Hanson

March 26, 2012

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Books, Movies, Reviews

Where, oh where, is the next young adult franchise? One that will line the studio's pockets with gold and children's heads with lurid dreams? Look no further: The Hunger Games is here. This adaptation of Suzanne Collins' smash-hit...