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Liam Neeson’s ‘Tombstones’ not a walk to remember

Liam Neeson’s ‘Tombstones’ not a walk to remember

September 29, 2014

After actor Liam Neeson’s formulaic performances in critically panned, but financially successful action flicks such as “Taken” and “Non-Stop,” his new role in “A Walk Among the Tombstones”...

‘Frank’ woos audiences with big heart, big head

‘Frank’ woos audiences with big heart, big head

September 8, 2014

While “Frank,” a new comedy about fame, music and social media by Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, is supremely quirky in the best indie tradition, its performances, humor and deep themes broaden its a...

College campuses prep for NATO summit

By Sophia Coleman

May 16, 2012

With the beginnings of the NATO summit in motion, Columbia, Roosevelt University and other campuses in the South Loop are preparing for four days full of protests and thousands of people coming from around the globe.Columbia’s campus will close May 18 – 21, and security has been heightened in each college building. Security personnel have gone through an eight-hour specialized NATO training program, sponsored by Allied...

Bill Hicks documentary gives legendary comic subpar treatment

By Drew Hunt

April 17, 2011

Largely under-appreciated in his lifetime, comedian Bill Hicks has since become one of the most influential and admired stand-ups in history. His posthumous success led to a myriad of CD releases and live tributes. Now, filmmakers Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas have given him the bio treatment with their documentary “American: The Bill Hicks Story.”Unfortunately, the film frequently resembles something of a toothless cog....

Part-time faculty seeks new leadership

By Drew Hunt

October 31, 2010

While contract negotiations between the college and the Part-Time Faculty Association continue, an election will be held Nov. 19 to appoint new members to the association’s Steering Committee. According to Joseph Laiacona, part-time instructor in the Interactive Arts and Media Department and current vice president of P-Fac, what is normally an intelligible process has been met with contention as he and a group of adjunc...

Stuhlbarg delivers ‘a serious’ performance

By David Orlikoff

October 18, 2009

The Coen brothers have been serious filmmakers since they won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for their debut feature, Blood Simple, 25 years ago. They write, produce and direct most everything they do and because of that, are very recognizable film auteurs. But even among such films as Fargo, The Big Lebowski and No Country For Old Men, their latest, A Serious Man, stands out.The film begins with a Yiddi...

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