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Argo
2012 . Drama, Thriller

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A suspense that falls somewhere between a heist movie and an international CIA thriller. It’s not perfect and some of the depictions are pretty far off from what actually happened, but from a purely entertainment perspective, you can see why it won Best Picture.
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Crazy Rich Asians

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Based on a best selling book, this movie got acclaim for becoming a blockbuster movie featuring an almost entirely Asian/Asian-American cast, and focusing on customs, cultural challenges, and experiences. The acclaim for representation in the white-dominated film industry is well deserved, but it’s not enough to cover up what is just a big-budget cheesy rom-com that will only appeal to fans of the genre.
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Egg Harbor Cafe
Chicago . Breakfast

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The cinnamon roll fresh toast will get your blood sugar spiking and the skillets/omelettes pass the test. Nothing is extraordinary, but everything is pretty reliable. Service is a bit on the slow side. Hard to distinguish it from Kanela or Yolk just a block or two away.
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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
2021 . Action & Adventure, Drama

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Marvel’s take on a Bourne Tom Clancy-esque CIA thriller, blending mindless action with governmental bureaucracy and secret international terrorist cells. It’s a bit ambitious and, at times, bites off more than it can chew (some racial commentary is a bit forced, there is some lazily written politics, and there’s a lot of Marvel backstory that you need to know to fully enjoy it). But at its heart, it’s still chock full of fight scenes and explosions for your inner 10-year-old.
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The Matrix Reloaded
2003 . Adventure, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction

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A fairly solid bridge movie in the middle of the trilogy. Expands on the world a bit, has some memorable action sequences. But definitely loses the novelty a bit and the plot is an unnecessarily complicated fetch quest. A bit messy and doesn’t always make sense, but all the leather, bullets, and ninja fights you could ask for.
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Space Jam: A New Legacy
2021 . Animation, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction

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An awkward two-hour homage to Warner Bros. franchises with enough manic CGI to give you motion sickness. Might be fun for the kiddos, but the nostalgia wears out real quick for anyone hoping to relive the original.
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Watchmen
2009 . Action, Mystery, Science Fiction

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People used to say that you could never make a movie out of the Watchmen story, that it just wouldn’t translate from comic to screen. Zack Snyder proved that to be wrong in undertaking a major project. The cinematography, consumes, tone, and gritty production style are all fantastic. But I think the real question shouldn’t have been whether a movie could have been made out of the comic, but whether a GOOD movie would come out of it. Snyder’s Watchmen does so many things so well. So what makes a large portion of this movie a total snooze? Is it the length? Is the the monochromatic, bleak feel? Is it simply that they should have changed the story more for a movie experience, rather than trying to replicate the comic? I’m not sure what the answer is, but as a pure moviegoing experience, Watchmen just feels like it missed the mark somehow.
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Avicii: True Stories
2017 . Music, Documentary

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I wasn’t a dedicated fan of Avicci (or the genre in general) when I watched this, but I found it captivating nonetheless. It portrays a young man addicted to the pursuit of artistic success and trying to balance the fame and influence that comes with it. It reveals a fine line between endless dedication and self-destruction.
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Black Widow
2021 . Action, Adventure, Thriller, Science Fiction

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It’s not going to be a Marvel classic like Black Panther or Thor: Ragnarok, but it does well to introduce a new gamut of characters and a more nuanced protagonist. Florence Pugh almost steals the show, and the family dynamics are the highlight of the film. Where it suffers is from a somewhat formulaic and forgettable villain, who does not have much backstory or complexity. He’s a bunker-dweller you’ve never heard of that maybe wants world domination? Or world war? Or just power? Maybe? Your guess is as good as mine. Still, the character development for the rest of the cast is well done, and it’s weirdly refreshing to see a movie where the heroes can’t throw fireballs or shoot lasers. Black Widow has plenty of homages to the Avengers saga, but stands alone as an appropriate one-off (and send-off) for Natasha Romanoff.
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Mare of Easttown
2021 . Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A bit sluggish at the onset, but a well-crafted who-dunnit that focuses less on the crime and more on the characters and community surrounding it. PS never visit Easttown.
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Guns Akimbo
2020 . Comedy, Action

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A shoot-em-up video game masquerading as a movie, so don’t expect much of a story here. It’s as shallow as your high school ex. Expect a lot of one-liners, caffeinated action shots, gore and bullets galore.
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The Tomorrow War
2021 . Action, Science Fiction

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How to make a Tomorrow Wartini: Take one part Starship Troopers, One Part Edge of Tomorrow, Shake with mind-numbing absurdity, Strain through plot holes, Garnish with one-liners to taste.
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Paradise Park
Chicago . Brunch, American

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Got to respect a place that made a brunch empire purely based off curing your hangover.
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The Up Room
Chicago . Bar, Roof top bar, Cocktails

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Great patio, gorgeous view of the city, and the bar had a solid blend of the classics and some novelties. Get ready to drop some bills, though.
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Gallucci Pizzeria Napoletana
Chicago . Pizza, Italian

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Authentic pizza and a pleasant surprise.
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