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Film Review: Hard to Find a Point to ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

2 hours ago

Chicago – Having not read this best-selling source novel, I had a hard time understanding the point of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.’ Amazingly, it falls short as both a zombie movie and a satire of the original Jane AustinPride and Prejudice” story, which was its only achievement as a final result.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Whether the source novel would unlock anything, I cannot know, because I have no desire to pursue the tale beyond the film. As an admirer of Jane Austin’s novel, it was surprising that the screenplay adaptation played it pretty straight, which had no oomph or reaction beyond, “wow, Elizabeth Bennett sure kicks ass in this version.” The zombies existed to show their oozing faces (both puss and blood, Thanks Obama) and to provide the zombies fighters – which included all of the Bennett sisters, Mr. Darcy and other familiar Austin-nites – with fodder for quality kills. There was »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ is Coen Bros. Excellence for Movie Lovers

15 hours ago

Chicago – Writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen love the movies, and that love is magnificently played out in “Hail, Caesar!” As they riff on religion, geopolitics and 1950s morality, while wonderfully celebrating and spoofing an era in movies that will never be again, the Coens abide and deliver.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

This film is a celebration, couched in references to other studio-era stars, the communist scare of McCarthyism (the Coens do it better than the film “Trumbo,” which was directly about that witch hunt), and the odd personalities that people once had, as celebrity culture was something still being invented. Josh Brolin is in the middle of the madness, as a over-scheduled studio head whose days spent as a “fixer” are hilarious as they are defining. The film works on all levels – as comedy, social commentary and allegory – but it never is pretentious, and prefers a light touch over any other type of narrative. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Deadpool’ With Ryan Reynolds

2 February 2016 1:43 PM, PST

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new Marvel Comics film “Deadpool” starring Ryan Reynolds!

Deadpool,” which opens on Feb. 12, 2016 and is rated “R,” also stars T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, Ed Skrein, Rachel Sheen, Brianna Hildebrand and Stan Lee from director Tim Miller and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Note: You must be 17+ to win this giveaway and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “Deadpool” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 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! »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interview: ‘4th Man Out’ Cast, Including Kate Flannery of ‘The Office’

1 February 2016 10:01 AM, PST

Chicago – The times, they are a-changing, and much of that change comes from a millennial generation who accept all the people and experiences of their time. The new film “4th Man Out” explores what happens when one member of a close-knit male group of longtime friends reveals his orientation, and features Kate Flannery (“The Office”) and a stellar cast.

“4th Man Out” is a comedy, taking on the the confusion and adjustments both for a 25 year-old man from a small town named Adam (Evan Todd) who decides to come out to his lifelong buddies Chris, Nick and Ortu (Parker Young, Chord Overstreet and Jon Gabrus). At the same time he wrestles with how to navigate his new world, and how to come out to his family (including Kate Flannery as his mother Karen). Warm, funny and perfectly natural, “4th Man Out” succeeds by allowing everyone to be themselves.

Left to Right: Chord Overstreet, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

1 February 2016 8:04 AM, PST

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new film “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” starring Lily James based on the novel by Jane Austen!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” which opens on Feb. 5, 2016 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Sam Riley, Lena Headey, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith and Charles Dance from writer and director Burr Steers.

To win your free passes to “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 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!

Note: You can enter »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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