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What If…You’re Not a Cynic After All?

By: Symone Tripodis

July 11, 2014
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After a total of eight Harry Potter movies, we thought it would be impossible to see Daniel Radcliffe as anything other than an awkward teenager with round-framed glasses and a wand (not the most attractive scenario). Although, against all odds, Radcliffe has broken down our pre-c0nceived notions and, well, has become a real stud muffin. We know, it’s hard to believe. So see for yourself in this summer’s famed rom com, What If. Besides Radcliffe’s distracting good looks and accent (did he always have that?), What If is a movie about testing the waters. Radcliffe’s character, Wallace, is a heartbroken med school dropout and finds himself as a romantic cynic before …  Read more

Feel Good Friday: Obvious Child

By: Symone Tripodis

May 30, 2014
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Many of us may know Jenny Slate from her comedic stand-up or her ridiculous role in NBC’s Parks and Recreation, but in Obvious Child, Slate performs like you’ve never seen her before. This short film turned feature film opens with Slate’s character, Donna Stern, a soon-to-be out of work bookstore clerk and unpaid comedian, reciting some pretty uncomfortable stand-up material in a bar setting. After just a few minutes into the movie, you realize this is going to be one of those films and you accept the fact that you may be a little offended by the end of it. Although, the cringe-worthy truth is definitely where the comedy stems and …  Read more

Last Call: Bid Farewell to The Sound of Music

By: Dana Hartung

May 23, 2014
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The hills are alive with The Sound of Music for one more weekend! The timeless Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway musical, The Sound of Music, comes to life at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Join free-spirited Maria as she leaves the convent to embark on a new journey as governess for the seven children of Captain Von Trapp. Enjoy the classic tunes such as Edelweiss, My Favorite Things and Climb Every Mountain that will instantly warm your heart and put a smile on your face. Watch Broadway star Jenn Gambatese and Billy Zane, the actor who played Cal in Titanic, take on the iconic roles of Maria and Captain Von Trapp before the …  Read more