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Patti Cake$

The sense of place and uniformly superb performances make it worth seeing, and maybe ultimately singing along with.

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The Hitman's Bodyguard

While no one is going to mistake The Hitman’s Bodyguard for high art, it will please those in the mood for late-summer fun.

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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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Roger Ebert became film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967. He is the only film critic with a star on Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame and was named honorary life member of the Directors' Guild of America. He won the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Screenwriters' Guild, and honorary degrees from the American Film Institute and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 1989 he has hosted Ebertfest, a film festival at the Virginia Theater in Champaign-Urbana. From 1975 until 2006 he, Gene Siskel and Richard Roeper co-hosted a weekly movie review program on national TV. He was Lecturer on Film for the University of Chicago extension program from 1970 until 2006, and recorded shot-by-shot commentaries for the DVDs of "Citizen Kane," "Casablanca," "Floating Weeds" and "Dark City," and has written over 20 books.

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The Woman in Black

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Coriolanus

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Chronicle

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Smiles of a Summer Night Great Movie

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Tomboy

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Man on a Ledge

(2012)

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Amador

(2012)

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A Separation

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

(2012)

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The Grey

(2012)

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Albert Nobbs

(2012)

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Ivan the Terrible, Parts I & II Great Movie

(1958)

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The King of Devil's Island

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Norwegian Wood

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

(2012)

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Mulberry Child

(2012)

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Pina

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Flowers of War

(2012)

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Red Tails

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Haywire

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The Wages of Fear

(1955)

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Carnage

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Contraband

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Newlyweds

(2012)

A shooting in Harsh Park

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When I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago, I must have driven past the little park a few times. Hyde Park, where the University is located, is a neighborhood including fraternity houses, foundation headquarters, school department offices, even President Obama's family home. Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House can be found there, and Henry Moore's chilling death's-sculpture marking the place where scientists first split the atom.

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