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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 06:28 pm
There’s no shortage of talent where Greg Mottola’s Keeping Up with the Joneses is concerned, a would-be comedy romp that never really generates enough laughs, or rompiness for that matter. ...
Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 02:20 pm
In this week's Dyspepsiana, I take up the question of election-rigging. Which got me to thinking . . . .The principle—that those subject to the state’s laws ought to be able to shape those laws...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 01:32 pm
For some inexplicable reason, director Adam Wingard has gained the reputation of being some sort of horror craftsman among aficionados of the genre.  Based on his previous work (V/H/S, You’r...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 01:21 pm
As with most of Oliver Stone’s fact-based movies, Snowden is a work that needs to be taken with a grain of salt.  Fascinating and frightening, the film sets out to give the title character’s...
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 01:18 pm
 I graduated from Springfield High School in 1966. My classmates organized a 50th reunion for the same weekend that the Springfield High School building  turned 100. District 186 staged a...
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 01:40 pm
In "Refined, delicate and urban," I talked about the Centennial Building on the statehouse grounds, which was built to honor the first centenary of the founding of the State of Illinois. I, argued, ...
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 03:14 pm
There’s a sucker born every minute, they say, which might explain why state legislatures and city councils count so many of them among their members. As I noted here and here, spending the publi...


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