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A love letter to Judy Garland: Renee Zellweger plays title role with honest poise

A love letter to Judy Garland: Renee Zellweger plays title role with honest poise

Rebecca Rogers, Contributing Writer

October 7, 2019

A bottle of pills on the bedside table. Bad relationships that end in heartbreak. The star collapsed on the stage and threw temper tantrums at those who wanted nothing more than to help. None of this is new for the many celebrity biopics we’ve seen in the past year or so, but there was something dif...

Comics icon Alan Moore shares all in rare post-retirement BBC interview

Comics icon Alan Moore shares all in rare post-retirement BBC interview

Brian Pearlman, Nation & World Editor

October 7, 2019

The new “Watchmen” series on HBO is coming out in two weeks, but you won’t hear about it in notoriously reclusive author Alan Moore’s new interview with musician Richard Norris.  Moore swore off giving any more interviews a few years ago, but in a new two-hour special on BBC Radio 6 Music, the...

Here are the top horror flicks showing around Chicago this spooky season

Here are the top horror flicks showing around Chicago this spooky season

Michael Brzezinski, Chief Film Critic

October 7, 2019

Last Tuesday marked Oct. 1, which means we are on the eve of Spooky Season. For film fans, Chicago’s vast array of movie theaters offer up some of the best, scariest and most fun ways to celebrate spooky season through cinema. Ranging from celebrated classics to fresh deep cuts to freaky cult classics...

Ben Platt reimagines his ‘Evan Hansen’ role in Netflix’s ‘The Politician’

Ben Platt reimagines his ‘Evan Hansen’ role in Netflix’s ‘The Politician’

Sam Rahman, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

Broadway saw above-average success in 2017. Just as fans of the stage had begun to recover from the previous year’s “Hamilton fever,” “Dear Evan Hansen” took over the scene and utterly swept the Tony Awards, collecting an impressive six wins, including “Best Musical.” In as short of a synopsis...

‘American Horror Story: 1984’ a perfect ode to 80s slasher films

‘American Horror Story: 1984’ a perfect ode to 80s slasher films

Brian Gilbert, Contributing Writer

October 1, 2019

For those obsessed with the horror genre and the 1980s, season nine of “American Horror Story” (AHS) already perfectly captures the mood, music and atmosphere of the 80s only two episodes in. The last two seasons of “AHS” were both intriguing and bold, commenting on politics and religion, but f...

MGM’s ‘Candyman’ will look at Cabrini-Green, then and now

MGM’s ‘Candyman’ will look at Cabrini-Green, then and now

Joe Roman, Jr., Contributing Writer

September 30, 2019

We continue to live in a world where everything is being remade or, in some cases, “rebooted.” From video games to movies, there seems to be no stopping Hollywood from grinding out another remake no one wanted or saw coming. But that can’t be said about this project. Set to be released next June, MGM i...

Netflix lands global streaming rights to Seinfeld

Netflix lands global streaming rights to Seinfeld

Brian Gilbert, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2019

The show about nothing will have something to say on Netflix beginning in 2021. After losing the streaming rights to two of its most popular series, “Friends” and “The Office,” Netflix reportedly paid over $500 million to acquire the global streaming rights for “Seinfeld” in order to keep...

James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’ explores the nuance of the human psyche

James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’ explores the nuance of the human psyche

Michael Brzezinski, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

Films set in space lend the perfect backdrop to allow filmmakers to explore the deepest desires and most unkempt aspects of the human psyche. Kubrick did it. Speilberg did it. Cuaron did it. Nolan did it. Chazelle did it. And just earlier this year, Claire Denis scared the hell out of all of us when sh...

‘Joker’ faces controversy amidst national gun violence debate

‘Joker’ faces controversy amidst national gun violence debate

Luke Murphy, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2019

It all started with a Twitter post. Heather Antos, a comics editor at Valiant & Image, logged onto the site Sept. 5 and wrote, “Why the Joker movie is problematic. Rachel Miller nails it.” The tweet has already been liked 55.1K times and retweeted 16.6K times. “I don’t want to be shown what a p...

Breaking down the best Seinfeld episode in each season

Breaking down the best Seinfeld episode in each season

Brian Gilbert, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2019

Here is the best episode from each of the nine seasons, according to IMDB ratings and critic reviews: “The Stakeout,” Season 1 In this episode, the second episode of the series and the first featuring Elaine, Elaine drags Jerry to a birthday dinner for one of her friends, where he meets an attract...

Emmys Recap: ‘Fleabag,’ ‘SNL,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ win big

Emmys Recap: ‘Fleabag,’ ‘SNL,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ win big

Nate Burleyson, Assistant Sports Editor

September 23, 2019

The 71st Emmys took place Sunday night as the biggest and brightest stars pulled up to the purple carpet to celebrate television and all it has to offer. This year's ceremony saw a mix of awards given out to a great number of shows. The big winners of the night were “Fleabag,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”...

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Ella Lee, Arts & Life Editor

September 23, 2019

"Unbelievable" When 18-year-old Marie says she was attacked at knifepoint, her friends and family are concerned— until she says she made it up. But as time goes on, evidence of similar attacks begin to surface throughout the region. So far, the 8-episode limited series has been hailed as a feminist triumph i...

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