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Movies in the Parks

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. La Follette Park 1333 N Laramie Ave, between Potamac Ave and Hirsch St
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sat Aug 30
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  1. Millennium Park 55 N Michigan Ave, at Washington St
  2. Tue Aug 5 - Tue Aug 26
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  1. Pioneer Court 401 N Michigan Ave, between Tribune Tower and the Chicago River
  2. Fri Aug 1
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New movie reviews: Critics' picks

Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Rated as: 4/5

Taking a break from serious superheroics, the Marvel brain trust gets a little silly, with redemptive results

Get on Up

  • Rated as: 4/5

Leaping into the life story of the Godfather of Soul, up-and-comer Chadwick Boseman turns in a fearless performance, intensely physical and burning with conviction

Magic in the Moonlight

  • Rated as: 4/5

It’s a comfort that Woody Allen’s worldview remains so staunchly his own


  • Rated as: 5/5

Boyhood feels unprecedented in its intimacy; the process is quietly radical, but the unassuming script even more so

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • Rated as: 4/5

This sequel plunges us straight into the postapocalyptic pressure cooker


  • Rated as: 5/5

Hollywood rarely goes quite this nuts, and the foreign-made production gets at a kind of daring, giddy excitement that plays like something our movies have lost


  • Rated as: 4/5

Chef marks a return to Favreau’s home-cooked roots, albeit with the perks of his big-budget finesse.


  • Rated as: 4/5

The film asks if we really know our enemy and it’s an idea that’s hit home with force in the deeply troubling final shot

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New movie releases


  • Rated as: 2/5

Here comes yet another interminable, CGI-drenched mythic mishmash with far more money than brain cells


  • Rated as: 1/5

The action sequences are few and far between, and all of them are heavy on lugubrious slo-mo and winking fetishization

I Origins

  • Rated as: 3/5

Persuasive sci-fi tech talk, soulful romance and an earnest stab at metaphysics are combined in director Mike Cahill’s polished second feature

A Most Wanted Man

  • Rated as: 2/5

The troubled mindset of star Philip Seymour Hoffman is more intriguing than anything onscreen in this disappointing thriller

Sex Tape

  • Rated as: 2/5

This plays more like an ancient Playboy doodle than a full-fledged movie

The Purge: Anarchy

  • Rated as: 2/5

The concept is hard to take seriously, but couldn’t this first sequel at least have had more fun with it?

Wish I Was Here

  • Rated as: 2/5

No matter where Zach Braff gets his money from he still only knows how to make one kind of movie

Planes: Fire & Rescue

  • Rated as: 1/5

This animated effort feels more like a direct-to-video job from the 1990s

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