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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...

“Flight” director visits campus

By Sam Flancher

October 28, 2012

by Sam Flancher, Film CriticCharacterized by his state-of-the-art special effects and visionary techniques, Chicago native Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future,” “Forrest Gump”) has returned to live action with his new release “Flight” after directing motion-capture films, such as “The Polar Express” and “A Christmas Carol”  for more than a decade.Working throughout his career alongside friend Steven Spielber...

‘Holy Motors’’ dizzying narrative will divide audiences

By Sam Flancher

October 21, 2012

The divisiveness of “Holy Motors” was evident at its premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.Met equally with cheers and boos, veteran French director Leos Carax’s film of audacious, polarizing proportions refuses critical consensus. With its grand assemblage of generic elements, “Holy Motors” frustrates as often as it astounds.The film begins with an image of Carax in a dream state as he surveys a movie theate...

Affleck’s political thriller falls flat

By Trevor Ballanger

October 7, 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...

‘Looper’ an aesthetically dazzling disappointment

By Sam Flancher

September 30, 2012

The critical and commercial success of 2010’s “Inception” was a refreshing change of pace for many filmgoers. Love it or hate it, the film was something of an anomaly in modern Hollywood—a gamble on an original screenplay in an era of adaptations, sequels and reboots. Though hampered by expositional and structural faults, “Inception” ushered in something new. “Looper,” the latest film from director Rian Johnson (“Br...

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