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'Arabian Nights' opens at the Siskel this week

Portuguese director Miguel Gomes's three-film series is a major cinematic event

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Hail, Caesar!

The Coens return to making elaborate yuks in a backstage Hollywood comedy that's fast and funny

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Anomalisa

Charlie Kaufman delivers another downbeat masterpiece with this stop-motion animated tale about a lonely motivational speaker

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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45 Years

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay play a couple dealing with the past in this powerful British drama

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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The Hateful Eight

America’s most gab-happy director rewrites the wild frontier in a one-room Western

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The latest chapter lives up to our wildest new hopes

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Creed

A new Rocky movie that deserves awards consideration? Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, his rising young star Michael B. Jordan and a surprisingly subtle Sylvester Stallone punch out of their league.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Hail, Caesar!

The Coens return to making elaborate yuks in a backstage Hollywood comedy that's fast and funny

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

A good-looking, well-acted but totally unhorrifying and unfunny adaptation of the popular genre mash-up novel

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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The Finest Hours

The true story of a 1952 Cape Cod blizzard and subsequent sea rescue gets solid if square treatment

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Ride Along 2

Shoddy and exhausted from the start, this painfully unfunny buddy-cop comedy lands with a plop in the January sewer of failed Hollywood castoffs. Tim Story’s 2014 original seemed better plugged into the tensions between exuberant motormouth Ben (Kevin Hart) and his girlfriend’s brother, the perpetually scowling James (Ice Cube), an ice-cold Atlanta cop he hopes to impress. We return to their story with Ben now a rookie on the force, one week away from his wedding. Once again, crime looms—this time in the form of a silky voiced Miami drug lord (Benjamin Bratt)—and even before the bickering duo heads south, you can accurately predict every bikini-babe-adorned plot twist. Jokes range from fashion faux pas (Ben dresses like he’s ready for his cameo on Miami Vice) to Asian bashing (The Hangover’s Ken Jeong is never given the chance to cut loose with his wicked tongue) or ogling female detective Maya (Olivia Munn, introduced in a sports bra). On purely technical grounds, a couple of action scenes transcend the mundanity and there’s one surreal sight: an Apocalypse Now gag with the determined Hart rising out of the water in slo-mo to the strains of Wagner. But mostly, this is the definition of a waste of time, aggressively derivative yet barely digestible. Eddie Murphy, please come back and show these clowns how it’s done. Follow Joshua Rothkopf on Twitter: @joshrothkopf

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Dirty Grandpa

So it's come to this. The title says all you need to know about this embarrassing Robert De Niro comedy

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The Revenant

After the playful, urban and contemporary vibe of Birdman, this bleak 1820s-set Western sees Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu return to the darker worldview of his earlier films like Babel and 21 Grams. Based on a 2002 Michael Punke novel about real-life folk hero Hugh Glass, The Revenant stars Leonardo DiCaprio (gruff, committed, unreadable) as a fur trapper and frontiersman left for dead by his colleagues in a wintry American landscape after being shredded by a bear. Glass survives, and he hauls his damaged body through snow, across rivers, up rocks and over plains in pursuit of John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy, savage with a dash of much-needed black humor), the man responsible for abandoning him and forcing him to watch his young son of mixed-race parentage being murdered. So, it’s not a happy tale. But what survives from Birdman is a compelling, forward-moving, simple approach to storytelling that grips us through stretches of silence and misery. There are times when the film feels like one long and unforgiving act of sadism, mostly directed at its lead character, but occasionally at us. (A warning: The film is long, the dialogue is minimal and the violence is sharp.) There are moments, too, that feel like parodies of awards-hungry acting, such as when we see DiCaprio chomping on raw animal meat or climbing into the steaming carcass of a dead horse. But what makes this more than just a punishing, fearful, expertly crafted thriller focused on one man’s endurance i

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Movie-going in Chicago

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The best movie theaters in Chicago

The top spots for classic films, indie gems and the latest blockbusters

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Film events: Chicago's best movies and fests

Check out the best movie screenings, fests, Q&As and other film events happening in Chicago

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Movie lists you love

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The 100 best movies of all time

The best movies ever made, from great comedies and classic romances to blockbusters and foreign gems

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Best sex scenes in film

Outside of porn flicks, these are the lustiest lovemaking scenes on film

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23 things we learned about Chicago from the movies

The landscape and lifestyle of Chicago is a little suspect in the eyes of Hollywood

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The 100 best action movies ever made

They get a bad rap from snobs, but don’t mess with action movies

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The 43 best fictional Chicagoans

We consult our favorite Chicago-set fiction to find the greatest fake people to ever hail from our city

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The 100 best animated movies

World-famous animators pick the best animated movies ever

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