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...

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...

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...

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