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‘Divergent’: Big fun in a grim Chicago

Much has been made about “Divergent” and the new franchise it is launching, with plenty of comparisons to the “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” films. That is no surprise given their common theme of beautiful young people fighting varying forces of evil and — at least …

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‘Son of God’: The Good Shepherd in a not-so-good movie

You feel worse about ripping some films than others. If it’s exploitative dreck or cynical torture porn or a brainless sequel, you just fire away, grateful for the opportunity to vent and to warn movie-lovers to stay away. This is not the case with “Son …

‘300: Rise of an Empire’: More brilliant battles and gorgeous gore

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RICHARD ROEPER: In this sort-of sequel, the performances are uniformly good, especially Eva Green as a complex, colorful villain.

Sarah Jessica Parker launches shoe line worthy of Carrie Bradshaw

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“Sex and the City” star comes to Chicago to tout her footwear partnership with the CEO of Manolo Blahnik.

‘12 Years a Slave’ wins top Academy Award

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The trophy for Steve McQueen’s brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” marks the first best picture Oscar-winning film directed by a black filmmaker.

‘Non-Stop’: Liam Neeson earns his wings

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RICHARD ROEPER: Liam the Great continues his late, middle-age run as the baddest action hero on the plane as a federal air marshal trying to prevent midflight murders.

‘The Lego Movie’: Comedy and visuals connect in spectacular fashion

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BILL ZWECKER: The fun-packed film promises a great time both for kids and the adults taking them to see it.

Crowd Pleasers for March 7, 2014

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Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Suggestions include the ticket on-sale for Linkin Park’s August concert at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

‘The Monuments Men’: Entertaining war adventure with a retro feel

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RICHARD ROEPER: Director and star George Clooney turns the story of curators recovering stolen art from the Nazis into an “Ocean’s Eleven”-style caper.

‘RoboCop’ remake lacks intent, insight of original

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RICHARD ROEPER: The update’s steely exterior is tarnished by a wooden leading man and a weak point of view.

‘About Last Night’: Smart, sexy and a long way from Mamet

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RICHARD ROEPER: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant are easy to like in a remake that nicely captures the rhythms of a relationship.

A film artist unveils her ‘visual manifesto’ on Chicago

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Sarah Morris, known for her cinematic studies of cities including Miami and Beijing, depicts Chicago with images of systems, signs and surfaces.

‘Winter’s Tale’: An old-fashioned train wreck of a film

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RICHARD ROEPER: A beloved book and a skilled cast led by Colin Farrell can’t stop the tide of the overwhelmingly cheesy story.

Richard Roeper: It’s down to three for top Oscar

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Most of the nine nominees for Best Picture don’t stand a chance, and the movie likely to win has been the favorite for a while

‘Labor Day’: Great acting, graceful storytelling, plus pie

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RICHARD ROEPER: The often implausible tale of a depressed single mom (Kate Winslet) falling for a man on the lam (Josh Brolin) is executed with edgy skill.

Aaron Eckhart’s ‘Frankenstein’ creature feels ‘unloved and unworthy’

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No bolts on the “reanimated” beast in “I, Frankenstein” — just self-doubt.