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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...
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 06:03 pm
The antecedents to Luke Scott’s “Morgan” are many – Frankenstein, A.I., Lucy, Ex Machina – so much so that we should simply regard this movie as yet another variation on the ...
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 05:50 pm
Where The Light Between Oceans is concerned, you have to give director Derek Cianfrance and his cast credit – they’re fully committed to making the audience weep and will go to any length to mak...
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 12:31 am
Poignantly told and beautifully rendered, Travis Knight’s Kubo and the Two Strings may be the most striking film in a landmark year for movie animation.  Containing elements from Japanese fol...
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 08:54 am
In next week's installment of Dyspepsiana, I argue that a nice way to mark the State of Illinois' 200th anniversary in 2018 would be to restore the memorial it built to celebrate the commonweal...

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