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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. Wed Aug 20 - Sat Aug 30
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  1. Millennium Park 55 N Michigan Ave, at Washington St
  2. Tue Aug 26
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Summer Music Film Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Music Box 3733 N Southport Ave, between Grace St and Waveland Ave
  2. Tue Aug 19
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New movie reviews: Critics' picks

A Summer's Tale

  • Rated as: 5/5

In this sublime 1996 love story, nearly ten minutes elapse before a line of dialogue is spoken—a tension-generating exception to the norm

Land Ho!

  • Rated as: 4/5

The premise is an eye-roller but boldness and an indie eye go a long way toward redemption


  • Rated as: 4/5

An explicit take on the same tensions mined in August: Osage County

The Trip to Italy

  • Rated as: 4/5

“Second-album syndrome” is how costar Steve Coogan, in a meta moment of self-critique, describes his impending food tour with also-slightly-fictionalized Rob Brydon

Dinosaur 13

  • Rated as: 4/5

Todd Douglas Miller’s documentary is centrally a legal drama—a gripping one


  • Rated as: 4/5

Playing a gentle, age-weathered priest unfairly targeted for murder, the mighty Brendan Gleeson anchors this extremely dark Irish comedy with soul and sympathy

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

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

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New movie releases

Singham Returns

  • Rated as: 2/5

Honest daredevil cop Singham is back in this schematic sequel to the 2011 Hindi blockbuster

The Expendables 3

  • Rated as: 2/5

This time, Sylvester Stallone and his band of pumped-up ’80s-era mercenaries are taking on the international arms trade

Let's Be Cops

  • Rated as: 1/5

You’d think gun-happy police would have enough PR problems these days—now they must contend with lame  August comedies

The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Rated as: 3/5

This middlebrow culture-clash foodie fable, barely reaches a low simmer. They should have jacked up the heat

What If

  • Rated as: 3/5

Daniel Radcliffe is lovely in this hipsterish rom-com

Into the Storm

  • Rated as: 2/5

A simple tornado just isn’t enough for the modern disaster movie

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • Rated as: 2/5

Utterly inessential, this cheap-looking reboot of the Turtles franchise is too tame even for the kids who make up the target audience

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

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