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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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'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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'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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'My Week With Marilyn': Jen Lindley forever

‘My Week With Marilyn’: Jen Lindley forever

I always preferred Jen to Joey. “Hmm,” I observed as I watched “Dawson’s Creek” like the angsty 90′s teen I was. “The blonde girl’s way more interesting a character than the brunette who’s always scowling and whining.” I felt vindicated years later when Michelle Williams continues to kick butt and take names in film, while…

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'Melancholia': Depression was never lovelier

‘Melancholia’: Depression was never lovelier

What to say about “Melancholia”? In many ways, there’s not a more accurate portrayal of depression on film. Because it’s directed by Lars von Trier, it’s heavy on imagery, light on dialogue. But unlike “The Tree of Life” – comparisons to which are inevitable – “Melancholia” is coherent. It’s moving. In every sense of the…

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Top 5 reasons to go to the movies over Thanksgiving weekend

Top 5 reasons to go to the movies over Thanksgiving weekend

1. Popcorn beats dry turkey any day of the week. 2. You can’t argue about politics when you’re enjoying the wacky antics of the Muppets, reading subtitles or wondering how to solve a problem like Maria. (You can do the latter at Music Box Theatre, who is bringing back the “Sing-a-long Sound of Music” starting…

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Nookies Tree and thanks giving

Nookies Tree and thanks giving

“Hello?” One year ago, I sat on my bed anticipating the sounds of keys unlocking a door and the voice I’d known for a decade. Then I heard them, and I gave thanks. I still do. In 2007, my best friend left Lakeview for Los Angeles. I’d met him in 2000, rehearsing for an outdoor…

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'Like Crazy': the way we (angst-ily) were

‘Like Crazy’: the way we (angst-ily) were

Back when my parents were dating, they saw “The Way We Were.” As the story goes, my dad stood up to leave halfway through. “They’re married now, so it’s over, right?” he asked my mom. “No! Sit down!” she hissed. Since then, my dad has referred to the classic doomed love story - which resulted in countless pop…

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Weighing my options at Landmark

Weighing my options at Landmark

As November wears on and the weird Chicago weather gets even weirder, I find myself drawn to the movie theatre. (Oh, who am I kidding? I find myself drawn to the movie theatre all year long.) This week looks particularly good for Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark). But a girl only has so…

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