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Blade Runner 2 is happening, and we all need to just accept that. Despite absolutely no need to revisit one of the most singularly influential works of neo-noir science-fiction, we’ve now got a director (Denis Villeneuve) and confirmation of Harrison Ford’s involvement. Notice, I said nothing about acting, as all I can tell you give his last decade-plus of work is that Ford will appear and stand around as...


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Despite its title and the fact that Will Smith continually mouth-dumps exposition about how pulling a con requires attention to detail, Focus is hella sloppy. It’s not just that genuinely thrilling “who’s playing who” moments bump up against a holistically unbelievable romantic core, it’s that writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa never decided on the movie’s tone. Lithe and funny until it’s leaden and...


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Alive Inside is both a documentary about a social worker who creates a nonprofit organization called Music & Memory that fights dementia and memory loss through music and also the opposite of how I feel as a Chicago sports fan. On Tuesday, March 2 at 7 pm, Film Streams is partnering with the Douglas County Health Center Foundation to hold a special screening of the film with a panel discussion to follow. I have long...


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Sit down, Sartre, writers/directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne get it a bit more right: Hell isn’t just other people. Hell is asking other people to surrender their bonuses so you can keep your job. Two Days, One Night is a harrowing social allegory, a dramatic minimization of a growing socioeconomic reality. The bosses of the world are greedily devouring an ever-expanding amount of wealth, leaving the...


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Focus

A "who's conning who" movie that tries to con the audience.

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