Browsing all articles from May, 2013.

Now You See Me

* * 1/2 Now You See Me is a movie with very little story or character, but a hell of a lot of plot and pizzazz.  And that’s mostly okay in this piffle of a caper film, the kind of high-concept contemporary movie-movie that operates in a world of its own making—one where logic, continuity […]

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What Maisie Knew

* * * * It’s a very rare movie that presents a character you want, above all costs, to be happy. And What Maisie Knew, the moving new adaptation of Henry James’ 1897 novel of a young girl in peril, is such a film.  In the center of a failing marriage we meet a six-year-old child […]

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Star Trek Into Darkness

* * 1/2 Note: This review contains plot spoilers A mostly disappointing sequel to the gleaming 2009 series reboot, Star Trek Into Darkness is a movie that gives us a recycled villain, by-the-numbers directing and nothing new from the J.J. Abrams canon. It’s serviceable and enlivened by strong performances and an exciting climax, but largely […]

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What Maisie Knew — ChicagoFilm.com screening tickets for Thursday, May 16!

Please be our guest for a special, advance free screening of the upcoming movie WHAT MAISIE KNEW, the new film by the producers of The Kids Are All Right. A contemporary adaptation of Henry James’ celebrated 1898 novel about a young girl caught between two divorcing parents (Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan), both of whom are […]

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The Great Gatsby

* * * 1/2 Say what you will about Baz Luhrmann’s long-awaited (and much-delayed) vision of The Great Gatsby—a lavish, decadence-drunk period fantasia equal parts artifice and genuine emotion—but all that glitters (literally off the screen here in 3D) is all that matters in this surprisingly faithful adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s monumental novel. And a […]

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The Force Within Us

* * * On May 26, 1977—a long time ago in a rural Michigan town pretty far away—I vividly recall seeing something called Star Wars on the first Saturday matinee of its opening weekend. As my mother and I arrived on that early summer afternoon, we were astonished at the wrap-around-the-block line, narrowly managing to […]

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