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The best upcoming film events

Movies in the Parks

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. La Follette Park 1333 N Laramie Ave, between Potamac Ave and Hirsch St
  2. Tue Jul 22 - Sat Aug 30
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  1. Millennium Park 55 N Michigan Ave, at Washington St
  2. Tue Jul 22 - Tue Aug 26
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Monty Python Live (mostly)

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Landmark's Century Centre Cinema 2828 N Clark St, between Diversey Pkwy and Orchard St
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Wed Aug 6
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New movie reviews: Critics' picks


  • 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

Life Itself

  • Rated as: 4/5

Steve James's keen profile of the late, great Roger Ebert works both as a compact appreciation of the reviewer's vast public impact, as well as an unflinching peak into a cancer patient's final months

Obvious Child

  • Rated as: 4/5

Despite its controversial topic, it manages to be desperately romantic—maybe the biggest shock of all.

The Fault in Our Stars

  • Rated as: 4/5

Far from the shameless emotional pummeling it might have been, this adaptation of John Green’s cherished YA cancer drama finds a conduit to earned, understated tears.

The Immigrant

  • Rated as: 5/5

This great movie rises before you like a delusion, like a dream


  • Rated as: 4/5

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

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New movie releases

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


  • Rated as: 3/5

For all its failings and flailings, there’s plenty to admire in this oddball star vehicle

Begin Again

  • Rated as: 2/5

The latest aggressively beguiling musical dramedy from Irish director John Carney could be subtitled “Be charmed…or die!”

Transformers: Age of Extinction

  • Rated as: 3/5

Michael Bay returns to his normal beat—big robots, explosions and tush shots—with a vengeance

22 Jump Street

  • Rated as: 3/5

This sequel scores cynical laughs from the idea that it could never match up to the gleeful surprise factor of the original.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

  • Rated as: 3/5

Hats off to Dreamworks for offering some bold surprises in a respectable sequel filled with moments of humor and emotion among its ample noise and movement.

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TV reviews

Married and You're the Worst

  • Rated as: 3/5

FX gets down and dirty with a pair of raunchy couplehood comedies

Masters of Sex, Season 2

  • Rated as: 5/5

With its second season, the sultry Showtime series proves that sexy doesn't have to mean dumb

Ray Donovan, Season 2

  • Rated as: 3/5

In its second year, the Showtime series still has trouble playing to its strengths

The Strain

  • Rated as: 2/5

TV's latest take on vampire horror has little to offer beyond cheap scares and gore

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