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Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush talk “The Giver”

Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush talk “The Giver”

By Managing Editor

August 14, 2014

Despite taking 20-years to make, “The Giver,” a film based off Lois Lowry’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, will open in theatres Friday, Aug. 15.“The Giver” follows a community ...

“The Giver” defies dystopian trends

By Managing Editor

August 14, 2014

A world defined by strict rules and no emotion is created in director Phillip Noyce’s latest film “The Giver,” which premiered Aug. 15.Based on Lois Lowry’s lauded 1993 novel by the same name, “The Giver” is the most recent novel-to-film adaptation that explores life in a dystopian society. While lacking the action-packed scenes and adrenaline-fueled plots of “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games,” “The Giver...

“Planet of the Apes” is the dawn of a great franchise

By Josh R. Weitzel

August 12, 2014

The “Planet of the Apes” franchise has been a staple of the science-fiction genre since 1968. Although no sequel was as critically acclaimed as the original, the series has enjoyed success with a reboot in 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which employed revolutionary visual technology and a thrilling origin story set in modern day. The latest sequel, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” is not only one o...

‘Spider-Man 2’ swings short of legacy

‘Spider-Man 2’ swings short of legacy

May 12, 2014

Marvel’s monopoly on spinning superhero stories continues to grow with every new release, and these films have to go big or go home. Director Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is the first ...

‘Mansions’ sinks like a brick

‘Mansions’ sinks like a brick

By Joh Weitzel

May 5, 2014

IN MODERN HOLLYWOOD, remakes are an ever-present occurrence and, for the most part, mind-numbingly terrible. The worst remakes are completely devoid of what made the orig- inal notable. This is true of “Dis...

Good Southern cooking gets ultra-urban twist

Good Southern cooking gets ultra-urban twist

May 5, 2014

At the far end of a cobblestone alleyway surrounded by brick walls with chipping paint, the smell of Texas-style barbecue lingers in the West Loop. The source of the smell is Green Street Smoked Meats, ...

Dramatic, gritty ‘Joe’ anything but average

Dramatic, gritty ‘Joe’ anything but average

By Josh Weitzel

April 21, 2014

It is about time moviegoers saw Nicolas Cage in peak form again. For years, he has been the butt of numerous jokes because of his stilted acting in films such as “National Treasure” and “Ghost R...

‘Captain America’ ends brutal winter with summer blockbuster action

‘Captain America’ ends brutal winter with summer blockbuster action

By Josh Weitzel

April 14, 2014

Marvel Comics’ ever-expanding movieverse has been impressive since its arrival on the big screen six years ago and what makes “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” successful is its contribution t...

‘The Jewels’ a lackluster attempt to shine

‘The Jewels’ a lackluster attempt to shine

April 14, 2014

In its world premiere, “The Jewels,” from TUTA Theatre Chicago at the DCA Storefront Theatre, 66 E. Randolph St., shows that Paris, the city of light and romance, is not always perfect in springtim...

Dopey DeMarco shows depth

Dopey DeMarco shows depth

By Brandon Howard

April 7, 2014

The last time Mac DeMarco played at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave, was in July 2013. At the time, the young Canadian lo-fi indie rocker was just finishing recording his new album Salad Days, releas...

Bottlefork a smokin’ success

Bottlefork a smokin’ success

April 7, 2014

In what looks like a cross between a tavern and a cooking show, business-casual twenty and thirty-somethings sit at crowded tables and giant booths divided between two bars—one for the drinks and the other for ...

‘Noah’ rocks the boat, nearly capsizes

‘Noah’ rocks the boat, nearly capsizes

April 7, 2014

Director Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan," Requiem for a Dream") has taken on a subject rife with controversy for his first big-budget blockbuster "Noah." A biblical epic is a risky project, and religion...

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