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What’s Fresh: Rattesnake

What’s Fresh: Rattesnake

Keira Wingate and Ella Lee

October 28, 2019

Netflix’s “Rattlesnake” shows how far someone will go to save a loved one, even if that means taking a life.  Katrina (Carmen Ejogo), a single mom, and her daughter Clara (Apollonia Pratt) head on a road trip through Texas, but when their car breaks down and Clara is bit by a rattlesnake in ...

Looking back at Hollywood’s best monster movies

Looking back at Hollywood’s best monster movies

Joe Roman Jr., Contributing Writer

October 28, 2019

Universal Studios is more than just an amusement park in California and Florida. To this day, it is still a working film studio. They have produced some of Hollywood’s greatest films, including some that are perfect for the spooky season. What better time to kick back with popcorn and a few jump scares...

‘Countdown’ brings back classic horror scares

‘Countdown’ brings back classic horror scares

Rebecca Rogers, Contributing Writer

October 21, 2019

Nervous laughter emanates throughout the theater. Audience members can’t help but cover their eyes, peeking through their fingers at the screen. Gasps can be heard across the rows.  “Countdown,” written and directed by Justin Dec, centers around an app that predicts when you are going to di...

‘Gemini Man’ brings brand new film process to table

‘Gemini Man’ brings brand new film process to table

Gavin Farrow, Contributing Writer

October 21, 2019

“Gemini Man” -- which has been in development for two decades--is indicative of the late-1990s sci-fi action genre. Brimmed with the corny, formulaic plot devices of that era, it simultaneously rips off James Cameron’s “Terminator 2” and Paul Verhoeven’s more self-aware sci-fi films. The...

Some sequels are known to fail, but ‘Zombieland 2’ surpasses expectations

Some sequels are known to fail, but ‘Zombieland 2’ surpasses expectations

Aaron Somo, Contributing Writer

October 21, 2019

Ten years ago, “Zombieland” hit theaters and quickly racked up the box office accolades with its wise cracking, in-your-face comedy and the cast’s dysfunctional family dynamic. A decade later, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and crew remain the simple zombie killing machines that just want to enjoy...

What’s Fresh on Netflix

What’s Fresh on Netflix

Lacey Latch, Managing Editor

October 14, 2019

Schitt’s Creek, Season 5 The fifth season of the Canadian comedy from creators Eugene and Dan Levy has finally landed on Netflix and, luckily for all of us, it’s one whole episode longer than the previous four seasons. The show continues to follow the Rose family as they rebuild their lives in ...

‘Hustlers’ emphasizes power of female friendship

‘Hustlers’ emphasizes power of female friendship

Keira Wingate, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

October 14, 2019

Six-inch platform heels, a top-notch cast that screams sex appeal and an intriguing true-life story, “Hustlers” exceeded expectations on its opening weekend, making $33.2 million across 3,250 theaters. In 2014, a criminal ring of women who drugged men and stole their money came to light, being on t...

Adult cartoons, like Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth,’ examine life from a child-like perspective

Adult cartoons, like Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth,’ examine life from a child-like perspective

Ella Lee, Arts & Life Editor

October 14, 2019

Raging hormones, entirely unrequited crushes and the pressures of 7th grade: As if surviving puberty wasn’t bad enough the first time around, Netflix’s “Big Mouth” invites its audience to relive the nightmare of middle school all over again. The show, created by comedians Nick Kroll, Andrew...

George R. R. Martin gives candid look at what informs his craft during Chicago Humanities Festival

George R. R. Martin gives candid look at what informs his craft during Chicago Humanities Festival

Sam Rahman, Contributing Writer

October 13, 2019

The stage was dark and quiet as both dry ice fog and the iconic “Game of Thrones” opening credits song slowly worked themselves up from a slow churn to powerful waves of nostalgia. The music coming from this Chicago Humanities Festival event at Symphony Center on Friday night was produced by special gu...

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...

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