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Weekend movies in Lakeview: Bickle, Buck and O'Brien can't stop

Weekend movies in Lakeview: Bickle, Buck and O’Brien can’t stop

Because I am an unabashed nerd, the movies I’m most excited about are documentaries, but this Fourth of July weekend, there’s a little something for everybody in Lakeview: At Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark): Beginners: Cute Ewan McGregor, his cute gay dad, and a cute dog. Read my review here. Buck: Doc about…

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Judgment Day: Road trips, rams and Rocky Horror

Judgment Day: Road trips, rams and Rocky Horror

Welcome to Judgment Day, where I take a completely biased look at what’s opening in Lakeview. This weekend promises to be docu-rific, with a few cross-dressers thrown in for good measure. At Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark): The Trip: British actor/comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon tour the country’s finest restaurants and trade…

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If you must see "The Tree of Life," here's a drinking game

If you must see “The Tree of Life,” here’s a drinking game

In case my review of “The Tree of Life” didn’t deter you, grab your spirit of choice, take a deep breath, and be prepared for 20-minute sequences of dinosaur birds.

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The Tree of Life: Just don't

The Tree of Life: Just don’t

All moviemakers are manipulators. It’s the nature of art: the creator feels a certain emotion and wants to share it with (or inflict it upon) the audience. And the best artists convey the desired emotion with skillful subtlety. In his film The Tree of Life, Terence Malick is not one of those artists. Watching his foray…

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Top 5 reasons I haven't seen "The Tree of Life"

Top 5 reasons I haven’t seen “The Tree of Life”

1. Unless he is playing Harvey Milk, Sean Penn is not the best part of any movie. 2. The Alexandre Desplat score. If I’m deafened by a two-minute preview, that doesn’t bode well for a two-hour film. 3. Creation began with a white Southern family in the 1950′s? Really? 4. “My daddy made me fight…

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Friday Judgments for a long moviegoing weekend

Friday Judgments for a long moviegoing weekend

Welcome to Friday Judgments, where I take a look at what’s playing at Music Box and Landmark this weekend, and share my short and biased opinions.  Let the fun begin! What I recommend: Everything Must Go (Landmark).  Because it’s about time Will Ferrell cast aside second-rate comedy scripts for another dramatic role.  Remember how good he…

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