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Film Review: Kristen Stewart is Hauntingly Captivating in ‘Personal Shopper’

CHICAGO – I’ve had a deep fascination with ghost stories since I was a kid. There is something both interesting and terrifying knowing that there are often unseen forces we could be encountering in our everyday life. Olivier Assayas creates an unexplainable phantasm thriller in “Personal Shopper” that remains completely captivating throughout even if you don’t understand what you just experienced.

Exclusive Portrait: Anna Kendrick in Chicagoland for New Book ‘Scrappy Little Nobody’

Anna Kendrick, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – After conquering the movie business, it makes sense that popular actress Anna Kendrick would take on the best seller list with her new book “Scrappy Little Nobody.” The book is a series of personal essays about her life in moviedom, and she appeared in Chicagoland last month in Naperville, Ill., for an event sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop.

Blu-ray Review: ‘Twilight’ Wannabe ‘The Host’ Hits New YA Low

The Host with Saoirse Ronan

CHICAGO – Perhaps it’s something that every generation thinks but I really feel like the teens of this generation who get sucked into absolute nonsense like the truly horrendous “The Host,” just released on Blu-ray and DVD, are being intellectually damaged. They deserve better than this nonsense, arguably the worst movie of the year. And I’ve seen “Movie 43.”

Slideshow: Exclusive Photos of ‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer, ‘The Host’ Stars

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CHICAGO – Stephenie Meyer is one of the most famous authors in America, because of the phenomenon of her “Twilight” series of books, and their subsequent film versions. She embarks on a new chapter with “The Host,” which was published in 2008, and has just been adapted to the screen. Meyer made a promotional appearance in Chicago recently with co-stars from “The Host,” Max Irons and Jake Abel.

Film Review: Despite Sci-Fi Intrigue, ‘The Host’ Favors Teen Romance

CHICAGO – Author Stephenie Meyer can’t help herself. Despite breaking out from the “Twilight” saga and creating science fiction in her latest novel, it still features angst-ridden teen romance, which becomes less important versus the bizarre other worldly infiltration in the film adaptation of “The Host.”

Blu-ray Review: ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ Dazzles the Eyes, Dulls the Mind

Snow White and the Huntsman Blu-ray

CHICAGO – To say that Rupert Sanders’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” is one of the year’s best-looking films would be entirely accurate, but it’s also one of the least involving. The more sumptuous the visuals became, the more infuriating I found the tedious script, which plods along from A to B to C without any real sense of urgency, before making a tired plea for a franchise. How depressing.

Interview: Youngest U.S. Director Emily Hagins Helms ‘My Sucky Teen Romance’

Emily Hagins interview

CHICAGO – At age 12, Emily Hagins was literally surrounded by cameras. She was in the midst of directing her first feature, a zombie thriller entitled “Pathogen,” while a film crew chronicled her every move for their own documentary, “Zombie Girl: The Movie.” By the time production wrapped, Hagins was considered a budding sensation on the indie film circuit.

Film News: Full Trailer for ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2’

Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn 2 (Pattinson eyes)

CHICAGO – It’s here! The full 79-second trailer for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, has arrived. Don’t miss it and mark your calendars for November 16, 2012.

Film News: Summit Releases ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2’ Teaser Trailer

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2

CHICAGO – Only a movie as big as “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” could possibly have a teaser trailer for the trailer. Yes, kiddies, the full trailer for one of the most anticipated films of 2012 comes out tomorrow but we have ten seconds of it right now for your viewing pleasure.

Film News: ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2’ Teaser Trailer Released

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2

CHICAGO – If you were one of the millions of attendees to a screening of “The Hunger Games” this past weekend, this is probably old news to you, but an official teaser trailer has been released for the fifth and final Twilight Saga movie. The teaser trailer for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 2” premiered before “The Hunger Games” this weekend, and is now available to be seen online.

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  • Bobby Pin Girls

    CHICAGO – The “breeder years” are difficult on everyone, as the biological imperative becomes overwhelming and the couplings that result yield both discovery and misadventure. Nothing Without a Company’s new play “Bobby Pin Girls” highlight two such Millennial women, roommates who are having man trouble, although the argument can be made that it’s eternally “boy trouble.” The show has a Thursday-Sunday run at the Chicago Mosaic School through December 10th, 2017. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

  • Transformers 5 front

    CHICAGO – Knock me over with a feather kids, but I enjoyed “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Maybe it was in comparison to the others or maybe director Michael Bay has beaten me into submission, but this one had the right story elements and casting to make it work, with exceptions of course. It’s goofiness is its charm, and it was released on Blu-Ray/DVD on September 26th, 2017 (Digital HD already available).

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