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  • With critic-driven film festivals in spotlight, let's pause to focus on big picture

    With critic-driven film festivals in spotlight, let's pause to focus on big picture
    Should film critics run their own film festivals? I'm conflicted on this one. The practicalities feel a little gummy, a little sticky, but many say the results are worth it.
  • Review: 'The Maze Runner' ★★★

    Review: 'The Maze Runner' ★★★
    Forever indebted to H.G. Wells, William Golding and other cranky visionaries, the hardy, cockroach-like "Hunger Games"/"Divergent" genre has a nickname: "dyslit," after the dystopian best-sellers in which young adult protagonists must prove their physical...

    Review: 'The Last of Robin Hood' ★★

    Review: 'The Last of Robin Hood' ★★
    "The Last of Robin Hood" is the latest film starring the dashing Kevin Kline. It's also the latest of Kline's period pictures that wastes no time in dashing your expectations. Now 66, the actor has always had that delicious old-school panache, even back...

    A Hard Day's Night' comes to Park Ridge with Beatles expert

    A Hard Day's Night' comes to Park Ridge with Beatles expert
    Capturing Beatlemania at its height, 1964’s “A Hard Day’s Night” comes to the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge next Thursday (March 19), with an introduction by Chicago-based writer Robert Rodriquez, author of “Revolver: How...

    'Grand Budapest Hotel' special among Oscar-nominated screenplays

    'Grand Budapest Hotel' special among Oscar-nominated screenplays
    This year's Academy Award-nominated screenplays in the "adapted" category include a trio of variously effective and affecting whitewash jobs based on real people ("American Sniper," "The Imitation Game," "The Theory of Everything"); a ripping melodrama...