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Blu-ray Review: ‘Step Up Revolution’ Sleepwalks Through Recycled Steps

Step Up Revolution Blu-ray

CHICAGO – The kids in “Step Up” are hardly the children of a revolution. They stand up for nothing of consequence besides the right to dance wherever they please, even if it means blocking several lanes of traffic. There’s no brand of narcissism worse than the self-righteous variety, and these shiny-faced brats have it in spades.

Film Review: Dance is the Highlight in Simplistic ‘Step Up Revolution’

CHICAGO – The beauty of the movies is their ability to create weird parallel universes, where young dance crews have the choreography skills of a hip-hop Bob Fosse, the time/funding to create this dance and a law enforcement culture that allows it. Welcome to the “Step Up Revolution.”

Interview: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman of ‘Step Up Revolution’

CHICAGO – The “Step Up” series of films not only have popularized and reflected the modern dance fever, but have also launched careers – Channing Tatum among them. Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman are the latest Romeo-and-Juliet types in the new “Step Up Revolution,” the fourth installment of the movie sensation.

Exclusive Slideshow: Kathryn McCormick’s ‘Step Up Revolution’ Flash Mob at Chicago’s Navy Pier

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CHICAGO – In anticipation of the next installment in the worldwide smash “Step Up” franchise, “Step Up Revolution” star Kathryn McCormick along with some of Chicago’s most talented dancers from BOOM CRACK! Dance Company participated in a flash mob choreographed by the film’s world-renowned choreographers: Jamal Sims, Travis Wall and Christopher Scott.

TV Review: USA Heats Up Summer with ‘White Collar,’ ‘Covert Affairs’

CHICAGO – Two of cable’s sexiest shows return tonight with the season premieres of USA’s “White Collar” and “Covert Affairs,” airing back-to-back at 8pm and 9pm CST, respectively. Whatever one can say critically about these inconsistent programs, it’s impossible to deny the fact that women swoon for Matt Bomer and men drool over Piper Perabo.

DVD Review: Latest Seasons of USA Hits ‘Suits,’ ‘Covert Affairs’

Suits

CHICAGOUSA continues to lead the way in terms of cable ratings. While FX and TNT have their loyal audiences and critics adore HBO and AMC, it’s really USA that can boast the most remarkable claims in terms of breakthrough ratings. Some of their biggest hits regularly clobber network competition. Two of them just hit DVD — “Suits: Season One” and “Covert Affairs: Season Two.” Fans will be happy with both but I have a clear favorite.

TV Review: Piper Perabo Stars in USA’s Improved ‘Covert Affairs’

Covert Affairs

CHICAGO – In the mid-season premiere of “Covert Affairs,” Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) is learning what it’s like to be alone. The fact is that CIA Operatives don’t have many friends. It’s too dangerous for both sides of the relationship. How can you keep your friends and family around when you know they could get killed? And what do you when it’s your very family who you learn you can’t trust?

TV Review: ‘Covert Affairs’ Puts the Team Back in the CIA

CHICAGO – In an era where America’s budget concerns are front and center, a TV series celebrating the awesomeness of the CIA seems a bit ill-timed. Piper Perabo portrays an undercover operative in the second season premiere of USA Network’s “Covert Affairs.”

DVD Review: USA Hit Shows ‘Covert Affairs,’ ‘Royal Pains’ Make Perfect Summer Escapism

Covert Affairs

CHICAGOUSA has a proven formula for success and they show no sign of slowing down in that department, adding new hits like “Covert Affairs” and “Fairly Legal” to a line-up of proven successes like “Burn Notice” and “Psych.” The first season of the very hit-and-miss “Affairs” and the second season of the more-consistent “Royal Pains” recently hit DVD from Universal and they’re both sets designed for fans of the network.

Blu-Ray Review: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell Propel Engaging ‘Conviction’

Conviction, HIlary Swank

CHICAGO – The incredible true story of Betty Anne Waters and her beloved brother Kenny has enough dramatic potential for any pair of talented actors and a competent director to turn it into quality cinema. The fact that director Tony Goldwyn is just barely competent enough to pull it off is off-set by the fact that he was smart enough to perfectly cast the piece, no more so than in the mega-talented leads, Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell.

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