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“I Am My Own Wife” displays heroism at its most vulnerable

November 21, 2016

A bright white door stood stark against a pitch black theater before a burst of movement interrupted the silence. Dressed in a black petticoat and apron, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a self-described German t...

Marvel’s most recent effort, “Doctor Strange,” released Nov. 4, plays it safe in all categories but the visual effects.

Nothing ‘strange’ about ‘Doctor Strange’

November 14, 2016

“Doctor Strange,” Marvel’s latest attempt to bring another obscure superhero into the mainstream has no surprises: a charismatic hero must stop an ultimate baddie who is trying to summon an even more ...

Alicia Keys, who performed Sept. 24 at Chance the Rapper’s Magnificent Coloring Day Festival at U.S. Cellular Field, released album HERE on Nov. 4. 

Alicia Keys’ ‘HERE’ most genuine work yet

November 7, 2016

The new Alicia Keys is HERE. The R&B singer is standing tall with her sixth studio album release, HERE, which dropped Nov. 4 on RCA Records. During a four-year music hiatus and a spot as a judge o...

REVIEW: Magnificent Coloring Day gives new hues to South Side

Chance's performance Sept. 24 at the U.S. Cellular Field became a story telling experience rather than a concert performance. His connection with audiences and coloring the stage himself with props and lights created a 'Coloring Book.'


September 26, 2016

The talk of the weekend was Chance the Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day, which brought "Blessings" to the South Side. Although Jamila Woods—the singer featured on the hit song—was sadly absent, th...

Avengers and geopolitics won’t cooperate

By Film Critic

June 8, 2016

Maybe in an effort to draw on the ever-expanding electoral fervor currently sweeping over the nation, Marvel’s latest voyage into 21st century heroism throws its hat into debates over security, sovereignty and international accountability. Of course, the fights are elaborate and exciting, but the political undertones are too casually incoherent to be ignored.Instead of a rational approach to the world’s most delicate di...

Best Coast and Wavves make a splash at Thalia Hall

Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino ended the Feb. 25 show at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., by thanking the crowd for “being weird” and giving them a “peace out.”


February 29, 2016

Best Coast and Wavves worked together at the bands’ Feb. 25 show to create an atmosphere where it was OK to go from swaying gently and bobbing your head to the beat to jumping around, headbanging and ...

Martin Courtney played a set to support his solo album Many Moons at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Feb. 9.

Martin Courtney mellows out Schubas with solo set

February 15, 2016

When a musician decides to take on a solo project, the result is not always what fans are hoping for. Usually, the work consists of tracks that were not good enough to make it onto the band’s album ...

“In the Heart of the Sea” hit U.S. theaters Dec. 11 after premiering in London and bringing in more than $18 million for the non-U.S. opening weekend.

Watered-down characters sink ‘In the Heart of the Sea’

December 14, 2015

“In the Heart of the Sea” follows the grueling journey of the Essex, sunk by a whale thousands of miles off the Chilean coast. Director Ron Howard (“Apollo 13”) compels the audience to wallow in...

‘Jurassic World’ finds balance with new, old elements

By Office Assistant

June 17, 2015

No one goes to see a “Jurassic Park” sequel expecting it to outshine the sheer awe and glory of the original—It just doesn’t seem possible.With that being said, if a record-breaking $511.8 million global opening weekend at the box-office is anything to go by, naysayers may find themselves dumbfounded.After a slew of disconcerting trailers, die-hard fans of the series like myself wondered whether “Jurassic World...

Grand Theft Auto V

‘Grand Theft Auto V’ presents new problems for series

April 27, 2015

“Grand Theft Auto V,” the latest in Rockstar Games’ “Grand Theft Auto” series, has been re-released for PC platforms. Arguably the best version of the game for its adjustable graphics setting...

“Cities Skylines” puts SimCity to shame

April 20, 2015

Video games do not exist in a vacuum. The ones that iterate on old formulas and genres will always be compared to their predecessors. Fortunately for “Cities: Skylines,” its closest counterpart is...

‘Furious 7’ a proper sendoff to late star

April 20, 2015

It is hard to believe the “Fast and Furious” franchise has survived 14 years. Since 2001, moviegoers have been treated to fast cars and furious action, usually with mixed results, yet the series has l...

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