Rian Johnson executes an epic with Looper

Jonathan Rainey, Staff Writer

October 16, 2012

With the outstanding cast of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, as well as a fresh and inventive story from director and writer Rian Johnson, “Looper” delivers everything. The film’s title comes from a career in killing...

Story of a rancid romance

Susan Altman, Staff Writer

October 3, 2012

In his first published work, “Warm Bodies,” up-and-coming novelist Isaac Marion expands upon the world of literary romance in a rather shocking fashion: by throwing zombies into the mix. However, the zombies of this work...

The verdict of Dredd 3D

Jonathan Rainey, Staff Writer

October 3, 2012

“Dredd 3D,” starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby, reinstates the Judge in a technically admirable, but not completely enjoyable film. Set in America’s distant future, when all but the Northeastern seaboard has been...

Donnie Yen stars in “Ip Man”

Pratik Patel, Staff Writer

September 18, 2012

“Ip Man” (2008), starring Donnie Yen, uncovers the lives of the residents of Foshan, China during the Sino-Japanese war. The movie focuses on Ip Man, a Wing Chun grandmaster, who has forsaken using his combative skills and...

Thugs, drugs and sociology?

Jonathan Rainey, Staff Writer

September 18, 2012

“Gang Leader for a Day,” by Sudhir Venkatesh, gives a unique glimpse into the closed life of the leader of one of Chicago’s crack-dealing gangs from a sociologist’s perspective.  Venkatesh’s book is non-fiction, which...

The cutthroat banana business

Jonathan Rainey, Staff Writer

August 21, 2012

“The Fish That Ate the Whale:  The Life and Times of America’s Banana King” by Rich Cohen, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux tells the tale of Samuel Zemurray, master of the banana.  The book is historical nonfiction,...

The Dark Knight Rises

Pratik Patel, Staff Writer

August 21, 2012

Christopher Nolan concludes the Batman series, which commenced with “Batman Begins” (2005), followed by “The Dark Knight” (2008), with “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012). Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), the eccentric...

Stark’s Selection: “The Vow” Explores the Power of Love

Veronica Stark, Assistant Editor

February 28, 2012

“The Vow” is a heart-warming story of a married couple who are deeply in love, but their marriage is put to the test when the wife loses her memory due to a terrible accident. This story is based off of the true events...

Rainey’s Review: Denzel enters the CIA in “Safe House”

Jonathan Rainey, Staff Writer

February 28, 2012

CIA intrigue and lies.  You’ve seen it before, and here it is again with “Safe House.” The film, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds and directed by Daniel Espinosa, fails to break any new ground on the tiring...

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