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Home Entertainment Consumer Guide: October 23, 2014

And...we're back. Temperatures are dropping, holiday shopping lists are filling up and your options of streaming, On Demand and Blu-ray entertainment are increasing. There are so many choices out there. How do you make the right one? Use the Guide. Show More Summary

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Revenge of the Green Dragons starts with promise, but soon becomes predictable, filled with clichés that mount as it draws to its frustratingly familiar conclusion. Click To Continue Reading

Chicago Humanities Festival to Premiere New Footage of Roger Ebert in "Life Itself"

The Chicago Humanities Festival is one of Chicago's most valued cultural treasures, and is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year. It is devoted to championing the humanities, providing opportunities for the public to meet and engage with some of the most influential figures in modern culture. Show More Summary


A satisfyingly scary movie could be made from a Ouija board's inspiration. But this one isn't it. Click To Continue Reading

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1. "Death and Mrs. Doubtfire": The Atlantic's James Parker writes a phenomenal essay on how "the secret ingredient of Robin Williams's greatest role" was grief. “Mrs. Doubtfire’s secret, the thing that authenticates her, is grief. The...Show More Summary


A late-blooming coming-of-age story, as well as the latest contemporary comedy to tap into the lighter side of Keira Knightley. For that reason alone, it’s worth seeing.Click To Continue Reading

Are You OK?: Laura Poitras on "Citizenfour"

Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras has trained her cameras on the post 9/11 world with the feature films "My Country, My Country" (2006), which took a look at he war in Iraq, and "The Oath" (2010), which focused on Guantanamo. She has...Show More Summary

The Book of Life

The Book of Life is entertaining, and at times clever. The characters are charming. The message is sweet. But Fox Animation still lacks that something extra.Click To Continue Reading

A Single Consciousness: The Cinema of Terence Davies

Editors' Note: Liverpool-born filmmaker Terence Davies has carved out one the most distinctively personal bodies of work in cinema. Mostly avoiding traditional storytelling structures, he favors tales that are driven by memory, fantasy and free-association, and that don't look or move like any films before or since. Show More Summary

The Best of Me

Even those who enjoy adaptations of Nicholas Sparks’ manipulative, formulaic romance novels will recognize the faults in director Michael Hoffman’s watered-down and barely palatable effort. Click To Continue Reading


Though superlatives can mischaracterize any movie’s qualities, it is not an overstatement, I think, to call “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’ film about Edward Snowden, the movie of the century (to date). That statement is meant, first off, to suggest certain hings about its relation to our collective past, present and future. Show More Summary

Identity Versus Self: Justin Simien on "Dear White People"

"Dear White People" is a film that follows a quartet of African-American college students as they try to negotiate their seemingly different but ultimately intertwined ways through the predominantly white campus of their Ivy League university. Show More Summary

Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson remember L.M. "Kit" Carson

Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson first entered the film scene with 1996's "Bottle Rocket," which began life as a short film shot in Dallas, Texas, three years earlier, when Wilson and Anderson were recent college graduates living in a small apartment not too far from downtown. Show More Summary

Once… twice… three times an icon

Three top stars of the blaxploitation genre team up for Three The Hard Way. Despite some serious flaws, it isn’t hard to find fondness for the end results. Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

A free man: L.M. "Kit" Carson, 1941-2014

Where to begin with Kit? L.M. "Kit" Carson, the filmmaker, screenwriter and actor, died in Dallas, Texas last night at 73, after a long illness. I knew him for twenty-some years. I never quite got a handle on him, and I don't think anyone else did, either. Show More Summary

Hangover Theater: 'Thirteen Ghosts'

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Thirteen Ghosts is a simple story that can be followed by a person the day after they drank enough Wild Turkey to make invincibility seem like a real possibility.

I should have seen this

.   Why haven’t I seen this?. IT EATS A HELICOPTER.      ..      . Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!

Camp X-Ray

There is little to Camp X-Ray outside of the central relationship between a soldier and a prisoner. But when focused on Ali and Blondie, this movie is completely compelling. Click To Continue Reading

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