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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...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 08:54 am
 In “Get right or get out” I recalled episodes from Illinois’ recent past in which fearful Illinoisans confronted the Other. I mentioned an incident in Litchfield involving Jehovah’s ...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 01:26 am
It’s a testament to the novel by Lew Wallace that the power of Ben-Hur cannot be completely obscured by shoddy filmmaking.  That was my take away after sitting through the sixth screen versio...
Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 02:27 pm
I'm not sure that everyone loves a parade but I do--as a subject. I wrote two columns about the parade that kicks off the Illinois State Fair each year.  This one appeared in our paper of A...

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