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Film Review: ‘American Pastoral’ Should Have Been Put to Pasture

CHICAGO – Change can be a frightening part of life and the human experience. It is an unavoidable but often necessary transition for progress. If you fight change or innovation, the stagnation alone will weigh you down and hold you back. “American Pastoral” may deal with the themes of revolution, but that’s about all that is revolutionary or unique about this film.

Interview: Elle Fanning, Nicolas Winding Refn on ‘The Neon Demon’

CHICAGO – The contemplation of beauty gets a little more truth in a new film by Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) entitled “The Neon Demon.” It features Elle Fanning as Jesse, a naive girl who wants to break into the world of modeling, and does so in an unexpected way. The symbolic film has both strange drama and touches of horror.

Film Review: Kevin Kline in Like Flynn For ‘The Last of Robin Hood’

CHICAGO – The term “in like Flynn” still gets used, when delusional dudes think they have the score. The saying is a product of former matinee idol Errol Flynn, whose tastes in young girls inspired the saying. Kevin Kline portrays him, and his tastes, in “The Last of Robin Hood.”

Interview: The Polsky Brothers Activate ‘The Motel Life’

CHICAGO – Alan and Gabe Polsky are brothers, film producers and now directors. The sibling tandem make their debut with “The Motel Life,” featuring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff as disparate brothers trying to make a go in life with no money and no prospects, just a series of random motels and their unbreakable kinship.

Blu-ray Review: Ghibli Hits ‘Howl’s Moving Castle,’ ‘My Neighbor Totoro’

My Neighbor Totoro

CHICAGO – I usually avoid this kind of hyperbole but I adore the best of Studio Ghibli and know their entire catalog well and so I feel I can say it — “My Neighbor Totoro” is one of the best family films of all time. Hayao Miyazaki’s gentle variation on “Alice in Wonderland,” has everything that we identify with Ghibli, including a respect for nature, magical sense of fantasy, and importance of family.

Film Review: ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2’ Takes Final Bloodless Bite

CHICAGO – Even the most hardcore, defiant fans of “The Twilight Saga” must admit that there clearly was not enough material in Stephenie Meyer’s final book to justify two films.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 10 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’

CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 10 pairs of movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the highly anticipated series finale “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”!

Film News: Official Teaser Poster Released For ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1’

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 official teaser poster

CHICAGO – Summit Entertainment on Wednesday released the first official teaser poster for the highly anticipated “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1,” which opens wide on Nov. 18, 2011 with stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

Film News: Brand New Photo From ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’

The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn

CHICAGO – Summit just released a new production still from “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” and we just had to share. The highly anticipated sequel, which opens on Nov. 18, 2011, stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz. The film is directed by Bill Condon from a script by Melissa Rosenberg.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ Delivers For Franchise Fans

CHICAGO – One of the biggest films of 2010, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” comes home to Blu-ray and DVD this weekend and the release is a surprisingly-complete set for the best film yet in the blockbuster franchise.

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  • Bobby Pin Girls

    CHICAGO – The “breeder years” are difficult on everyone, as the biological imperative becomes overwhelming and the couplings that result yield both discovery and misadventure. Nothing Without a Company’s new play “Bobby Pin Girls” highlight two such Millennial women, roommates who are having man trouble, although the argument can be made that it’s eternally “boy trouble.” The show has a Thursday-Sunday run at the Chicago Mosaic School through December 3rd, 2017. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

  • Transformers 5 front

    CHICAGO – Knock me over with a feather kids, but I enjoyed “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Maybe it was in comparison to the others or maybe director Michael Bay has beaten me into submission, but this one had the right story elements and casting to make it work, with exceptions of course. It’s goofiness is its charm, and it was released on Blu-Ray/DVD on September 26th, 2017 (Digital HD already available).

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