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Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander star in “Ex Machina,” a film about a programmer who takes part in an experiment with a female robot who takes on human-like qualities.

‘Ex Machina’ a masterful sci-fi film experience

April 27, 2015

“Ex Machina” is the story of an artificial intelligence named Eva played by Alicia Vikander (“A Royal Affair,” “Seventh Son”), who was built by young genius Nathan Bateman, played by Oscar Isaac (...

Triple-Decker Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

Triple-Decker Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

April 20, 2015

Ingredients:3 slices sourdough bread1 poblano pepper1 can pineapple rings1 package applewood-smoked bacon1 packaged Canadian bacon4 ounces Gouda4 ounces Sharp cheddar4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese4 oun...

Exhibit brings University of Chicago out of closet

Closeted/Out in the Quadrandles

By Arts & Culture Editor

April 6, 2015

The LGBTQ community of the University of Chicago—alumni, faculty and staff—collectively came out of the metaphorical closet to share the school’s long association with the struggle, activism and...

Three-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn takes part in the growing trend of aging movie stars playing action hero roles, similar to Bruce Willis and Liam Neeson.

‘The Gunman’ shoots blanks

April 6, 2015

Hollywood’s strategy for the last several years has been to have older actors like Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Mel Gibson become parodies of themselves in recycled action romps. As the big actors ...

SFS aims to educate students on finances

SFS aims to educate students on finances

March 9, 2015

With new leadership, students may see some changes to the Office of Student Financial Services in the near future.Since starting at the college on Feb. 2, Cynthia Grunden, assistant vice president of S...

Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh and one half of the comedy duo “Flight of the Conchords” Jemaine Clement star as vampires learning to deal with the mundane modern world in the vampire film “What We Do in the Shadows,” which was released in the U.S. after a crowdfunding campaign.

‘What We Do in the Shadows’ a bloody good watch

March 2, 2015

The inevitable string of vampire comedies has a long list of failures: Nicolas Cage’s ill-conceived “Vampire’s Kiss,” Eddie Murphy’s hack job “Vampire in Brooklyn,” the “Scary Movie” creat...

Chicago taxi driver Rocky Mmoma protests ridesharing apps, such as Uber, outside City Hall on Feb. 17 as other drivers circled the building from 6–10 a.m. 

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...

“Black or White,” starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, tells the story of a mourning widower (Costner) who is brought into a custody battle over his granddaughter (Jillian Estell) whom he has helped raise for her entire life.

‘Black or White’ leaves no room for gray area

February 16, 2015

In America, conversations about race often take place in a world of gray. The film “Black or White,” a new family drama written and directed by Mike Binder, does not take place in this world, thou...

Yulia Shupenia

Featured Athlete: Yulia Shupenia

February 16, 2015

Yulia Shupenia, a 20-year-old sophomore communications major at DePaul University, was named the BIG EAST Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week on Feb. 9 by the BIG EAST Conference. Shupenia plays on D...

‘Jupiter Ascending’ stuns visually, story stagnates

‘Jupiter Ascending’ stuns visually, story stagnates

February 9, 2015

In the recent sci-fi film “Jupiter Ascending,” Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is a humble housecleaner who turns into space royalty in a “Star Wars”-meets-“Cinderella” story, in which she saves ...

No refuge for degenerates in ‘The Boy Next Door’

No refuge for degenerates in ‘The Boy Next Door’

February 2, 2015

Considering the premise of “The Boy Next Door,” its only hope is that the filmmakers take a deep plunge into the story to make the movie either a calamity of hilarious proportions or another surpris...

Director, writer and star Rob Christopher of

Filmmaker finally finishing film

February 2, 2015

Filmmaking can be a tricky business. From funding to post-production, filmmakers must overcome many hurdles to translate a vision to the silver screen.Rob Christopher, a ‘97 alumnus of Columbia’s ...

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