Arts & Life

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Unremarkable nostalgia exploitation for kids

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Unremarkable nostalgia exploitation for kids
August 11, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Jonathan Liebesman Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fitchner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Johnny Knoxsville, and Jeremy Howard.  It’s possible to produce a satisfying movie about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but that would be too risky. There are two ways ... Read More »

Obvious Child: The anti-Juno

Obvious Child: The anti-Juno
August 11, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Gillian Robespierre Starring: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Polly Draper, Gabby Hoffman, David Cross and Gabe Liedman Written by three women and addressing the issues surrounding women’s health, Obvious Child is the kind of film that answers women’s studies majors’ prayers ... Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy: Marvel’s semi-risky space opera pays off

Guardians of the Galaxy: Marvel’s semi-risky space opera pays off
August 5, 2014 No Comments »

Director: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Salanda, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace.  If Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy got one thing right it was its self-deprecating marketing campaign. With trailers identifying its heroes as “a bunch ... Read More »

Chef: Favreau makes a delicious film

Chef: Favreau makes a delicious film
August 4, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. Mainstream success in arts often necessitates creative sacrifice. The highest incarnation of a dish, film, or t-shirt imposes demands on the patron — including patience, courage, and a ... Read More »

Life Itself: A Powerful Obituary to Roger Ebert

Life Itself: A Powerful Obituary to Roger Ebert
July 30, 2014 No Comments »

Rating: Two Thumbs Up Director: Steve James EBERT, Roger Joseph — of Urbana, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, in his 71st year. Dear husband of Chaz. Survived by loving ... Read More »

Fading Gigolo: Woody Allen’s still got it

Fading Gigolo: Woody Allen’s still got it
July 30, 2014 No Comments »

  Director: Woody Allen Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber  In the year of our Lord 2014 Woody Allen has made a bold leap into new territory. Just kidding. Allen makes a rare ... Read More »

Lucy: Not as smart as it thinks it is

Lucy: Not as smart as it thinks it is
July 30, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Luc Besson Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik For a film that is about humans unlocking 100 per cent of their brain capacity, Luc Besson has clearly used zero per cent of his brain to write ... Read More »

London comic con rises

June 6, 2014 No Comments »

Batman is coming to London. The caped crusader will be one of countless colorful characters brimming Centennial Hall June 14 and 15 for the Forest City’s inaugural Comic Con. The comic convention will offer entertainment for the whole family and ... Read More »

Uncovering talented London musicians

June 6, 2014 No Comments »

It may not be officially called “London’s Got Talent,” but that’s exactly what the “London Covers” contest displayed this past Saturday: excellent musical prowess. Five finalists, ranging in age from 18 to 23, performed live at the London Music Hall ... Read More »

The Railway Man: Great performances keep film from derailing

The Railway Man: Great performances keep film from derailing
June 5, 2014 No Comments »

The Railway Man Director: Jonathan Teplitzky Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine, and Hiroyuki Sanada.  The Railway Man will be playing at the Hyland Cinema until June 12th.  When Patti Wallace (Nicole Kidman) meets Eric Lomax (Colin ... Read More »

Maleficent: A coma-inducing retelling of Sleeping Beauty

Maleficent: A coma-inducing retelling of Sleeping Beauty
June 2, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Robert Stromberg Starring: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley and Elle Fanning When Sleeping Beauty graced cinemas in 1959 Walt Disney’s heart was no longer in animation. Disneyland had taken hold. The resultant movie was extravagant and hollow but stylistically innovative. Maleficent, which reimagines the ... Read More »

Joe: Nicholas Cage finds redemption

Joe: Nicholas Cage finds redemption
May 28, 2014 No Comments »

Joe Director: David Gordon Green Starring: Nicolas Cage, Gary Poulter, Tye Sheridan Joe will be playing at the Hyland until Thursday, June 6th.  Thwack. Thwack. Your hatchet strikes the Longleaf Pine tree. Thwack. The hatchet’s dripping in poison supplied from ... Read More »