Category Archives: TV & Movies

The Ten Best Films of 2017

As the world grew more divisive in everyday life than it has in generations, people went to the movies in 2017 to escape, and found different ways to do so throughout the year. From all types of filmmaking, there were stories worth celebrating. The arthouse circuit delivered the kind of movies that set social media buzzing while…

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Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name Win Big For the Chicago Film Critics Association

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig’s delightful semi-autobiographical look at the relationship between an equally headstrong mother and daughter set over the course of the latter’s senior year in high school, was named the winner of the Chicago Film Critics Association’s award for the Best Picture of 2017 in a ceremony held tonight. The film, which went…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Writer/director Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a sprawling, incident- and character-packed extravaganza that picks up at the end of “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” and guides the series into unfamiliar territory. It’s everything a fan could want from a “Star Wars” film and then some. Even the sorts of viewers who…

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Bright Wall/Dark Room: "Home is Where the Hurt Is" by Asher Gelzer-Govatos

We are pleased to offer an except from the latest by online magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room, which now publishes content weekly but with a monthly theme. Their theme for December is “Home.” In addition to this essay on “Little Women,” they also have essays on “Moonstruck,” “Beginners,” “A Ghost Story,” “The Ice Storm,” “Home Alone 2,” “Grave Decisions,” “Thelma,” “Risky Business,” “The Other Side of…

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A Composer For All Seasons: On the Range of John Williams

Now that we’re thick into the holiday shopping season, we know for sure that we’ll soon be getting that greatest of gifts, a new score by John Williams. On December 15th, the behemoth release that is “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens, and with Williams’ predictably great work on “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”…

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