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Film Review: ‘Monster Trucks’ May Be One of the Weirdest Films Ever

6 hours ago

Chicago – A four year old walks into a room with a great idea for a movie, and unfortunately his father is president of a “motion picture group.” Millions of dollars and four years later, this child’s idea became “Monster Trucks,” one of the strangest movies ever conceived.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

The father was Adam Goodman, who in 2013 put the green light on the picture (the story may be a bit exaggerated, there are other reports that Goodman merely observed his son playing with trucks, and came up with the concept himself). Filming began and was wrapped in 2014, and then the slow painful slog of the movie Paramount Studios didn’t want to release started its painful journey to the 2017 debut in January (Friday the 13th, appropriately enough). The result is a overworked and strained effort to deliver the descriptive, “trucks are powered by actual monsters.” Aimed toward the kids, but also »

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Film Feature: 10 Worst Films of 2016, by HollywoodChicago.com

14 hours ago

Chicago – Film reviewing can be a blood sport – not everything is a highfalutin art night at the cinema. The three reviewers of HollywoodChicago.com – Patrick McDonald, Spike Walters and Jon Espino – did spend some time wasting energy on some really bad movies in 2016, and lived to tell about it.

There are no rankings, because they are all rank. The ten are listed in descending levels of dread, with stars like Bobby De Niro and George Clooney representing, as well as superheroes and overwrought CGI epics making the “grade.” The persons responsible for the descriptive honors are marked accordingly, Pm for for Patrick, Sw for Spike and Je for Jon. Cover your eyes and gird your loins, these are the 10 Worst Films of 2016, by HollywoodChicago.com.

Dirty Grandpa

Dirty Grandpa

Photo credit: Lionsgate

To this day, even while writing this, I get a stomach ache recalling how prodigiously disgusting “Dirty Grandpa” turned out to be. »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of IMAX Passes to ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ With Vin Diesel

16 January 2017 11:16 PM, PST

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening IMAX movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new film “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” starring Vin Diesel!

“xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” which opens on Jan. 20, 2017 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette, Tony Jaa, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone and Nina Dobrev from director D.J. Caruso and writer F. Scott Frazier based on characters created by Rich Wilkes.

To win your free passes to “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This IMAX screening is on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »

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Photo Gallery: Humorcore Rock Band Psychostick at Bada Brew on Jan. 12, 2017

16 January 2017 10:40 PM, PST

Previous | Image 1 of 7 | NextPsychostick at Bada Brew on Jan. 12, 2017

Crest Hill, Ill. – HollywoodChicago.com photographer Jeff Doles brings you a front-row seat to humorcore rock band Psychostick’s performance at Bada Brew on Jan. 17, 2017. Self-coined a “humorcore” band, Psychostick is an American comedy rock band from Tempe, Ariz. who is known for their silly imagery and usage of humor in their songs and lyrics. Enjoy!

Photographs by: Jeff Doles, 238 Studios

Published by: Adam Fendelman, Publisher, HollywoodChicago.com

Special thanks: Bada Brew

© 2016 HollywoodChicago.com LLC

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Founder’ With Michael Keaton

15 January 2017 10:47 PM, PST

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new true-story film “The Founder” starring Michael Keaton about the creation of McDonald’s!

The Founder,” which opens on Jan. 20, 2017 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Patrick Wilson, Laura Dern, B.J. Novak, Linda Cardellini and Kate Kneeland from director John Lee Hancock and writer Robert D. Siegel.

To win your free passes to “The Founder” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Preferably, use your computer to enter rather than your smartphone. »

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