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What to see this weekend in the LV

What to see this weekend in the LV

Staring down the prospect of a three-day weekend with way too many film choices? Never fear, I’ll narrow it down for you! Below are my personal picks of what’s playing in Lakeview: At Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark): “Carnage”: four neurotic parents pick apart a playground fight. All star cast (Kate Winslet, Christoph…

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Rules for picking your seat

Rules for picking your seat

Last weekend I went to the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and enjoyed some excellent giggles. I could, however, have done without The Seat Drama. See, Sketch Fest is at Stage 773 with performances running simultaneously in four different theatres. To encourage audience members to pick and choose which comedy groups strike their fancy, seating is not…

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Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage 773

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage 773

What with the unexpected almost-spring that is January thus far, the winter blues have yet to set in. Stave them off a little longer with the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, which continues tomorrow night through Sunday at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont). The 11th annual Sketch Fest, which opened last Friday, features more funny than…

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'The Artist': Things that make you go 'aww'

‘The Artist’: Things that make you go ‘aww’

The term “feel-good movie” gets thrown around a lot and misused even more. For instance, I wouldn’t consider “Slumdog Millionaire” a feel-good movie. I don’t care if it ends with a dance scene. It begins with the protagonist getting tortured! That said, “The Artist” is a true feel-good movie. From the delightful canine antics to the…

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Midnight at Music Box: Party time! Excellent!

Midnight at Music Box: Party time! Excellent!

If you haven’t already guessed this weekend’s Music Box Midnight Movie…I’ll tell you. “Wayne’s World” will go from suburban cable access to midnight movie January 6-7 at Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport). In honor of the lovable duo from Aurora, I’ll give you a Top 5 Reasons to See “Wayne’s World” List. (If only…

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Need a cab? Just tweet it.

Need a cab? Just tweet it.

A local Chicago cab driver is taking his business to a new level. Operating under the Twitter handle @ChicagoCabbie, Rashid Temuri reaches his customers through social media, according to a recent article on Ars Technica. Here’s how it works: Instead of operating through a dispatching service like most cab drivers do, Temuri will tweet his…

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'The Descendants': De-pressing

‘The Descendants’: De-pressing

I tried to like “The Descendants.” I really did. The trailer was heartwarming: a truly sad story of letting go broken up by gentle hijinks. George Clooney is befuddled and doesn’t understand his daughter! The grandpa punches the daughter’s doofy guy friend! Pretty scenery contrasted with ugly death! Also, the film made a lot of top…

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My favorite posts of 2011

My favorite posts of 2011

2011 was a cool year. I tried Okcupid. I got a new job. And best of all, I translated my movie obsession into a gig that keeps me in Starbucks. As an added bonus, I get to say, “oh yeah, so that supplement of the Tribune? I blog for it! Take THAT, relatives!” (I didn’t…

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S.S. Poseidon at Music Box New Year's Eve

S.S. Poseidon at Music Box New Year’s Eve

There’s got to be a morning after…if you can hold on to Dec. 31. If bar-hopping and candlelight yoga aren’t your bags, the ever-splendiferous Music Box Theatre has a fun alternaplan for New Year’s Eve: a screening of the classic disaster flick “The Poseidon Adventure.” The evening sets sail at 11 p.m. at Music Box…

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What are you doing New Year's Eve?

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Call me lame, but I’m not a huge fan of going out on New Year’s Eve. Paying a ridiculous cover charge so some inebriated stranger can slobber on me at midnight? Nah. The only thing I like less is the trailer for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” Annoying over-enunciating kidbot. Emotional manipulation as subtle as…

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