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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Despite the theoretical appeal of seeing these veterans share the screen once more and the colorful costumes and images from the film’s Indian locations, the…

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Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg's film of Bruce Wagner's Hollywood satire-nightmare turns ludicrous situations into operatic tragedy.

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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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Chaz's Blog

Columbia/Urban League Reviews: Table of Contents

A 2015 table of contents for reviews written by students in the Columbia Links journalism program of films including "The Homestretch" by Anne de Mare & Kirsten Kelly, "Smile" by Marquis Daisy, "Afraid of Dark" by May B. and "The…

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Smart People Talking: The 25th Anniversary of "The Hunt For Red October"

An appreciation of John McTiernan's "The Hunt for Red October" on its 25th anniversary.

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No universal "right age" for movies; Rise of Will power; Conversation with Madonna; Waitress anthropologist Candacy Taylor; Errol Morris as prosecutor.

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2015 European Union Film Festival Overview

A preview of the 2015 EU Film Festival at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

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USA’s “Dig” Plays Like Bad Airport Bookstore Fiction

A review of USA's limited thriller series "Dig."

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"Life Itself" Opens in Mexico

An essay on the opening of "Life Itself" in Mexico City.

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Chaz's Blog

Columbia/Urban League "The Homestretch" Reviews: Table of Contents

A 2015 table of contents for reviews written by students in the Columbia Links journalism program of the film "The Homestretch" by Anne de Mare & Kirsten Kelly.

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Short Films in Focus: "Adelaide"

We're proud to present the short film "Adelaide" and an interview with its director.

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The Unloved, Part Fifteen: "The Lone Ranger" & "Heaven's Gate"

This month's Unloved looks at two films deemed disasters: Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate" and Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger"

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Bad Behavior Continues TV Domination with “American Crime,” “CSI:Cyber,” “Broadchurch”

Crime dramas continue to dominate with the premieres of American Crime & CSI: Cyber and the return of Broadchurch.

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Leonard Nimoy's final words of wisdom; Cronenberg on the hardest film he's made; Audiences favor diversity; Reality TV retrospective; What "Amadeus" gets wrong.

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Chaz's Blog

"The Homestretch": A Review by Briana Williams

A review of "The Homestretch" by Chicago Urban League student Briana Williams.