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Take your pick — It’s not too early to check out nearby apple orchards

As August gets underway, it’s a great time to plan a family outing to gather up and enjoy freshly-picked apples.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: A giddy space oddity makes the summer sunnier


RICHARD ROEPER: The mostly lighthearted comic-book movie boasts whiz-bang action, some laugh-out-loud moments and a wisecracking raccoon you’ll come to care about.

Movie’s no whitewash, producer Jagger promises


Mick Jagger copped plenty of moves from James Brown, and the similarities don’t end there. “James was definitely one of those guys with super drive and energy,” Jagger, 71, says of the late Godfather of Soul. “He never left the audience bored. He gave his …

‘Get On Up’: As James Brown, Chadwick Boseman makes it funky


RICHARD ROEPER: The ‘42’ star inhabits the persona of a larger-than-life icon without ever delving into caricature or mere impersonation.



Beginning Friday, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents recent features and shorts, dramas and documentaries, all “celebrating the stories, images, heritage and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world.” Vintage titles in the 20th annual Black Harvest Film Festival include …

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


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

Pro Wrestling: Chris Hero returns to Chicago Ridge


It’s been more than 2 1/2 years since “Knockout Artist” Chris Hero has wrestled in Chicago Ridge, but he’ll be back there with Ring of Honor Wrestling on March 8.

“Raising the Bar Night 2” marks Hero’s first Southland appearance since leaving ROH for WWE’s …

On new CD, solo tour, Jennifer Nettles is finding a new, empowering voice


“This is my new chapter of rebirth,” says the Sugarland singer.

Crowd Pleasers for March 7, 2014


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.

‘Ring of Fire’ lacks soul of Johnny Cash’s life


Revue at Theater at the Center sounds terrific but falters whenever the music stops and the attempts at dialogue begin.

‘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 …

Local Buzz for March 7, 2014


Here is a look at music events. Suggestions include gigs at Blue Chip Casino’s Rocks Lounge in Michigan City, the Venue at Horseshoe Hammond, Majestic Star Casino & Hotel’s Lakeshore Lounge in Gary, and Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.

Sarah Jessica Parker launches shoe line worthy of Carrie Bradshaw


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

‘Jeopardy’ champ stands up for Chu


Local “Jeopardy” champ says Arthur Chu is definitely not “an evil genius.”

‘12 Years a Slave’ wins top Academy Award


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.

FYI on FMBA: Jimmy Buffett in Tinley Park


Jimmy Buffett’s This One’s for You Tour 2014 is set for June in Tinley Park. Find out more and watch videos from the musical artist on FYI on FMBA at blogs.southtownstar.com/fmba.