Sean Stangland

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Hired as an intern fresh out of Eastern Illinois University in 2001, Sean became a full-time member of the night copy desk in 2002. He also writes a blog, Widescreen, at, and occasionally contributes to the newspaper.

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'Snowpiercer' leads train of on-demand gems

Jul 20 2014 | 3:06 pm - "Snowpiercer” — the buzzworthy science-fiction flick starring “Captain America” himself, Chris Evans — opened in a small number of Chicago-area theaters on July 4, but you can already watch it from the comfort of your...

Fourth fun from home — hot dogs included

Jul 03 2014 | 1:32 pm - If the weather and the crowds keep you away from your town’s Independence Day events this weekend, you can still enjoy the trappings of the holiday from your couch with TV shows that feature both gastronomic and pyrotechnic fireworks.

Robots, roller coasters and nostalgia

Jun 24 2014 | 3:46 pm - Wanna see giant robots? Sean has found a deal for you. How does an $8 coupon to see the new "Transformers" movie sound? Or, wanna relive the fun parks of your youth? Sean has found a TV show for you.

Silly ‘True Blood’ comes back to life

Jun 19 2014 | 1:25 pm - The seventh and final season of "True Blood" begins at 8 p.m. Sunday, resuming a plot that leapt forward six months after heroine Sookie (Anna Paquin) defeated Warlow — the two-faced, vampire-faerie hybrid — with the help of her faerie...

Truly great TV: Tragedy and ‘Thrones’

Jun 12 2014 | 2:17 pm - The best film Sean has seen this year didn’t play in 3,000 theaters, employ big-name movie stars and droves of visual effects artists, or air on a premium cable channel. It’s a documentary “Hillsborough” that first aired on...

'Cosmos' takes its final spectacular trip

Jun 06 2014 | 12:09 pm - One of television's most pleasant surprises, Neil deGrasse Tyson's resurrection of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos," ends on Sunday night on Fox. If you missed the series, you're in luck. It releases Tuesday on beautiful high-definition on Blu-ray.

Who else should play live-action Disney villains?

May 28 2014 | 1:45 pm - Angelina Jolie joins a short, but intriguing, list of actresses who have become the living embodiments of Disney animated villains with today’s theatrical release of “Maleficent.” Who else should be cast as real-life Disney...

Power ranking the X-Men movies on the way to 'Future Past'

May 23 2014 | 12:08 pm - "X-Men: Days of Future Past" hits theaters today and is, incredibly, the seventh movie to feature the mutant heroes since 2000. Where does your favorite in the series rank on Sean's list? Find out in today's column.

The worst call against the Hawks — ever

May 21 2014 | 12:47 pm - That disallowed goal in Game 1 against the Kings on Sunday was bad — but it certainly wasn't the worst decision a referee has made in a Blackhawks game. Let's take a trip down memory lane to Oct. 16, 1993 ...

Have a totally radical summer movie festival at home

May 14 2014 | 9:21 am - The summer movie season is here, and it's packed with remakes, sequels and familiar faces. If "Transformers 4" and "X-Men 576" don't do it for you, how about a homebound summer movie marathon that's also a blast from the past, as in 30 years ago?

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