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Focus

Like Ficarra and Requa’s 2011 comedy Crazy Stupid Love, Focus begins promisingly and bops along enjoyably for a while, only to run out of steam…

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Farewell to Hollywood

Much about Farewell to Hollywood ends up being more opaque than it should be, including Corra himself.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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All the Wilderness
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Wild Tales
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Columbia/Urban League Reviews: Table of Contents

A 2015 table of contents for reviews written by students in the Columbia Links journalism program of film including "Afraid of Dark" by May B. and "The N Word" by Todd Williams.

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Video Interview: Julianne Moore on "Maps to the Stars"

A video interview with the Oscar-winning star of "Still Alice," Julianne Moore.

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Oscar's idling empathy machine; "Modern Family" episode filmed on smartphones; Madonna is superhuman; The trailer is not the movie; The works of Tyrus Wong.

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Demanders

When You Can See the Oscar Winners on Blu-ray

"Birdman," "Whiplash," "The Theory of Everything," and "Big Hero 6" hit Blu-ray just in time to capitalize on their Oscar wins, along with a complete list of how and when to see all of the 2015 Oscar nominees.

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Dissecting Craft: Going Into the Darkness with Colm Feore

An interview with star of stage, film, and TV, Colm Feore.

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Balder and Dash

Legendary Jazz Trumpeter Clark Terry Passes Away at 94

An obituary for jazz musician Clark Terry, the subject of "Keep On Keepin' On."

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"Smile": A Review by Matthew Reilly

A review of Marquis Daisy's "Smile" by Chicago Urban League student Matthew Reilly.

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Festivals & Awards

Observations of an Awards Season Skeptic, Part 4: Green Card Blues

Glenn Kenny comments on awards season, Sean Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, and the actual Oscars.

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Oscars saved by the music; Julie Andrews glows in "Sound of Music"; Films of Michael Mann reassessed; Rise of the reactress; Let's get out of here.

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"Birdman," "Budapest," Lady Gaga Win Big at Oscars 2015

A recap of the winners at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony.

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A Very Particular Set of Skills: A Look at the "Taken" Saga

An FFC looks at the "Taken" saga.

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"Smile": A Review by Brandon Towns

A review of Marquis Daisy's "Smile" by Chicago Urban League student Brandon Towns.