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Taxi drivers protest UberX

Taxi drivers protest UberX

February 23, 2015

Taxi drivers honked their horns to protest the unregulated ridesharing industry, swarming Daley Plaza continuously, circling the block for hours until a press conference later that morning on Feb. 17 by...

Director goes all in with new film ‘The Gambler’

Director goes all in with new film ‘The Gambler’

December 8, 2014

Director Rupert Wyatt is still new to the Hollywood landscape. Having only directed three feature films—“The Escapist,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Gambler”—he is still le...

City Council demands cure for mental health clinics

City Council demands cure for mental health clinics

April 7, 2014

In the ongoing aftermath of closing six of the 12 city-operated mental health clinics in 2012, the Chicago Department of Public Health is facing accusations of failing to provide citizens with adequate acces...

Columbia helps Bob’s move trees

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

December 10, 2012

The bicycles and garden boxes that sit in the Columbia-owned lot at the corner of South Wabash Avenue and East Eighth Street have a new roommate, and his name is Bob.Bob’s Christmas Trees has set up shop in Columbia Papermakers’ Garden and bike lot and will be open until Dec. 24. After being forced to relocate from the lot on the corner of Dearborn and Polk streets, co-owner Bob Levy was desperate to find a new home i...

‘Flight’ soars on strength of character

By Sam Flancher

October 29, 2012

After a hiatus from live-action filmmaking, Robert Zemeckis, acclaimed director of “Forrest Gump,” has returned with “Flight.” An engrossing, often thrilling portrait of a conflicted hero, “Flight” is proof of Zemeckis’ maturity asa filmmaker.The film chronicles the story of Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington), an airline pilot who saves hundreds of lives by executing a miraculous crash landing. A toxicology repo...

Affleck’s political thriller falls flat

By Trevor Ballanger

October 8, 2012

“Argo,” the latest directorial effort from Ben Affleck, fails to engage its own exciting subject matter. Taking very few risks, Affleck has molded a predictable, clichéd rendering of a fascinating piece of American history. The incredible source material is handled with little tact, and the resulting film is mired in its own conventionality.Chronicling a true story from the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, “Argo” revolves around the CIA’s attemp...

Director’s tribute to early cinema

By Drew Hunt

November 22, 2011

Set in Hollywood at the end of the 1920s and stylized like an old silent picture, “The Artist” emerged as something of a surprise on this year’s festival circuit. As a whimsical and nostalgic homage to early years of cinema, critics and filmgoers alike have taken a shine to the film’s fanciful depiction of an era that, despite its assumed antiquity, is as full of life as any other time in movie history.“The Artis...

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