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Annie

Years in the making, the modern-day adaptation of the classic musical has many enjoyable moments, plus a whiz-bang performance from its young star. Continue reading

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Films with fully developed elderly characters shouldn’t be a rarity, but this charming sequel highlights how scarce, and welcome, they are. Continue reading

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Wild

Despite a few hiccups, this touching portrayal of grief, self-destruction and healing seamlessly blends the introspective and the epic. Continue reading

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If I Stay

This romantic melodrama and YA novel adaptation is geared toward the teenage set but has qualities adults can appreciate. Continue reading

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Jesse Hutch, “Joy Ride 3″

“Joy Ride 3″ star Jesse Hutch chats with Yapper Lauren Whalen about his new film, stunts and action stardom, and getting snapped in half. Continue reading

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

After his last few misfires, Wes Anderson strikes gold with this elegant and enjoyable mix of European darkness and existential light. Continue reading

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Veronica Mars

This labor of love is catnip for fans of the gone-but-not-forgotten cult TV series about a fierce schoolgirl turned PI. Continue reading

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Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Director Wes Anderson, along with cast and crew of “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” discussed the film at a post-screening Q&A at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre. Continue reading

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About Last Night

This reboot is both sitcom-y and superfluous but has some sweet spots. Continue reading

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Romeo and Juliet

The latest film adaptation of Shakespeare’s star-crossed love story is dull as dishwater at best, linguistically offensive at worst. Continue reading

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