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A FORK IN THE ROAD TRIP

You know all those movies where the trailer gives away most of the good jokes or stunts or action-hero one liners, and the film itself isn’t nearly as entertaining because it turns out they crammed most of the good stuff into a one-minute spot? “Tammy” …

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‘Son of God’: The Good Shepherd in a not-so-good movie

You feel worse about ripping some films than others. If it’s exploitative dreck or cynical torture porn or a brainless sequel, you just fire away, grateful for the opportunity to vent and to warn movie-lovers to stay away. This is not the case with “Son …

The Sitdown: Feminist filmmaker Jennifer Reeder tackles the tough teenage years

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Jennifer Reeder is about to make her 44th film. And this one’s her most ambitious, she says. “Blood Below the Skin,” a short film about three high school girls who bond over an unanticipated incident, is Reeder’s most expensive and dialogue-heavy project. The Hammond resident …

The 3 implausible faces of Halle

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Well, this one took a while to get a wide release. How long? When filming on “Frankie & Alice” commenced, Barack Obama had just been elected president. For the first time. Shot in Vancouver in late 2008 and early 2009, the Halle Berry vehicle “Frankie …

Not just for the devotees

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Those who find the films of Wes Anderson off-puttingly mannered and artificial aren’t likely to be converted by “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which plays out, even more than usual, in a peculiar world of its own. If you admire Anderson at his best, though (“Rushmore,” …

‘300: Rise of an Empire’: More brilliant battles and gorgeous gore

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RICHARD ROEPER: In this sort-of sequel, the performances are uniformly good, especially Eva Green as a complex, colorful villain.

Sarah Jessica Parker launches shoe line worthy of Carrie Bradshaw

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“Sex and the City” star comes to Chicago to tout her footwear partnership with the CEO of Manolo Blahnik.

‘12 Years a Slave’ wins top Academy Award

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The trophy for Steve McQueen’s brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” marks the first best picture Oscar-winning film directed by a black filmmaker.

‘Non-Stop’: Liam Neeson earns his wings

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RICHARD ROEPER: Liam the Great continues his late, middle-age run as the baddest action hero on the plane as a federal air marshal trying to prevent midflight murders.

‘The Lego Movie’: Comedy and visuals connect in spectacular fashion

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BILL ZWECKER: The fun-packed film promises a great time both for kids and the adults taking them to see it.

‘The Monuments Men’: Entertaining war adventure with a retro feel

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RICHARD ROEPER: Director and star George Clooney turns the story of curators recovering stolen art from the Nazis into an “Ocean’s Eleven”-style caper.

‘RoboCop’ remake lacks intent, insight of original

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RICHARD ROEPER: The update’s steely exterior is tarnished by a wooden leading man and a weak point of view.

‘About Last Night’: Smart, sexy and a long way from Mamet

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RICHARD ROEPER: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant are easy to like in a remake that nicely captures the rhythms of a relationship.

A film artist unveils her ‘visual manifesto’ on Chicago

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Sarah Morris, known for her cinematic studies of cities including Miami and Beijing, depicts Chicago with images of systems, signs and surfaces.

‘Winter’s Tale’: An old-fashioned train wreck of a film

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RICHARD ROEPER: A beloved book and a skilled cast led by Colin Farrell can’t stop the tide of the overwhelmingly cheesy story.

Gary film fest presents ‘positive’ black cinema

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Gary’s third annual Film Festival is designed to highlight black cinema that is uplifting and inspirational.

Vernon G. Smith, one of the festival’s organizers, does not want young people ensnared in films that lean “towards gangsters and negative kinds of things.”

The festival is set …