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  • ‘Fluffy Movie’ funny, but more like a TV special Jul 25, 2014 3:49 PM
    The rotund Gabriel Iglesias, who calls himself “Fluffy” because it sounds better than “Fatty,” specializes in gentle observational comedy, enlivened by his flair for accents and sound effects. "The Fluffy Movie" walks a careful line between hilarious and heartwarming, and manages to be both. Still, it's not much of a movie.

  • Rock-hard 'Hercules' a likeable take on demigod's tale Jul 25, 2014 12:14 PM
    Say this for Brett Ratner's production of “Hercules:” This movie has a sense of proportion. Running just over 90 minutes, the movie is often clunky, but at least it's fast and unpretentious. And its likable star, Dwayne Johnson, manages to murder legions without ever seeming sadistic.

  • Harmon: ‘Community’ online won’t be too different Jul 25, 2014 10:58 AM
    Just because “Community” is going online to Yahoo doesn’t mean it’s in for a lot of changes. In fact, creator Dan Harmon says he has “no big, highfalutin plans” for its Web version. At a Comic-Con panel Thursday, Harmon revealed he doesn’t want season six to feel radically different, especially to its loyal fans.

  • Tartare: Still rare, but not uncommon Jul 25, 2014 5:45 AM
    Tartare, once a mark of sophistication at the “continental” restaurants of old, fell out of favor after the mad cow and E. coli scares of the 1990s. Now that the best restaurants are more cognizant of the conditions in which their animals are raised, diners who were once wary of eating raw meat might be more willing to let their guard down.

  • O'Hare's Pub serves up Irish fare, friendly service Jul 25, 2014 6:00 AM
    When Peggy O'Hare Vance and her husband, Bill Vance, traveled to Ireland, they were amazed at the friendliness of everyone they met. Now they're bringing that strong sense of hospitality to Bartlett with O'Hare's Pub, which opened in November in the space formerly occupied by Sheep & Fiddle.

  • An A-to-Z guide to enjoying the rest of summer Jul 25, 2014 6:12 AM
    If back-to-school sales and talk of fall have you thinking that summer is slipping away, don't despair. We still have a few weeks left to take in outdoor concerts, al fresco dining and blockbuster movies at the multiplex. So here's a quick A-to-Z primer on enjoying the last weeks of summer in the suburbs.

  • Rockin’ The Blocks continues Saturday in Palatine Jul 25, 2014 11:00 PM
    The Rockin’ The Blocks community block party featuring food, family fun and plenty of live music got underway Friday night and will continue from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Brockway and Slade streets.

  • Dogs, cats steal show at Algonquin Founders’ Day Jul 25, 2014 4:59 PM
    The second day of the Algonquin Founders’ Days Festival began Friday as folks filed in with dogs and cats in tow. Some of the dog owners were dressed to match their pups, while cats were kept calm in pet carriers.

  • Fred Fest concert in Port Barrington Aug. 17 Jul 25, 2014 6:54 PM
    Fred Fest, an annual reunion concert of well-known, Barrington-trained musicians, will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Fox River Forest Preserve on Roberts Road in Port Barrington. Admission is $20. The concert benefits the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves.

  • Rodeo, demo derby still ahead at DuPage fair Jul 25, 2014 10:01 PM
    The DuPage County Fair is swinging into the home stretch Saturday and Sunday with two of its biggest draws: the Latting IPRA Rodeo and the demolition derby. The rodeo takes over the grandstand at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton.

  • Garth Brooks fans snap up tickets to 10 Rosemont shows Jul 25, 2014 6:36 PM
    One tour-launching Garth Brooks Allstate Arena show turned into four Friday. Then five. And then there were 10 — which the country singer was selling out quickly.

  • Audience moved by Mundelein teen’s performance Jul 26, 2014 12:43 AM
    Cast and audience shared an emotional performance of “The Secret Garden” Saturday night at Mundelein High School. Senior Monica Tipperreiter debuted in the role she had been meant to play one of the leads in the high school musical last spring.

  • Sugar Grove honors longtime firefighter as Citizen of the Year Jul 25, 2014 10:21 PM
    It was fitting that Wayne Parson was thinking of others while he was being honored as Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year. Parson said he was reminded of the many previous honorees who wwere present as he received the award during the Sugar Grove Corn Boil 2014 festivities at Volunteer Park Friday.

  • Science, spirituality meet in Mike Cahill's 'I Origins' Jul 24, 2014 6:55 AM
    So, what would really happen if something spiritual and mystical came along that defied scientific explanation? “I Origins” marks the second movie from Mike Cahill, whose first sci-fi feature “Another Earth” marked the debut of a fresh, original voice in the now-CGI-stuffed genre. In “I Origins,” Cahill addresses a smorgasbord of big issues: afterlife, reincarnation, God, predestination, even true love. Or is all this a bunch of coincidental hooey?

  • Reel life: Five years of Blue Whiskey fest Jul 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    The fifth annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival got off to a strong start Sunday night at the Star Cinema Grill in Arlington Heights with the Illinois premiere of James Ward Byrkit's smart and inventive science-fiction thriller “Coherence,” about a group of friends whose dinner gets interrupted by a massive collision of alternate realities. Always a party buzz-kill, I say.Did anyone at Palatine-based Blue Whiskey ever think the fest would make it to five years? “Actually, yes,” managing director J. Spencer Greene told me.

  • Baldwin, LaBeouf share a role — defendant— in NYC Jul 24, 2014 1:40 PM
    Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf never ended up sharing a Broadway stage as planned last year, but real-life dramatics landed both of them Thursday in a distinctly less celebrated venue: Manhattan criminal courts. Both stars appeared in courtrooms a few blocks apart for separate disorderly conduct cases. LaBeouf is charged with disrupting a Broadway performance, while Baldwin was accused of getting belligerent with police who said they stopped him for riding a bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street.

  • Blandly plotted ‘And So’ just a so-so comedy Jul 24, 2014 5:00 AM
    “And So It Goes” goes through its so-so plot motions, blandly directed by Rob Reiner without any of the crispness and dramatic sparks he brought to his earlier movies such as “Stand By Me,” “Princess Bride,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “A Few Good Men.” The characters, played by Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas, feel generic and lifeless, as if stuck in a film like “Daters of the lost AARP.”

  • ‘Sinister Six’ spinoff to come next for Spider-Man Jul 24, 2014 9:31 AM
    The Spider-Man franchise will detour next with a “Sinister Six” spinoff in 2016, pushing “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” to 2018, Sony’s Columbia Pictures said Wednesday in announcing an updated schedule. By ordering “Sinister Six” ahead of the next “Spider-Man” movie, the studio hopes to expand the franchise with the group of Marvel super-villains.

  • Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens Jul 24, 2014 9:25 AM
    Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love — after waiting in line. The lineups began as soon as the San Diego Convention Center opened its doors. Fans with four-day passes to the sold-out pop-culture spectacular gained early admission to the showroom floor Wednesday night, where they were the first to see a 10-foot-tall Transformer, a Lego Spider-Man and a life-sized, road-ready Hot Wheels car inspired by Darth Vader.

  • Hoffman's performance, complex tale make 'Most Wanted' thriller Jul 24, 2014 10:36 AM
    “A Most Wanted Man” exudes the cold, damp and gritty feeling of its port setting, dotted with nothing but dive bars. Although the cast is uniformly fine, Philip Seymour Hoffman shines in a role that demands not showmanship, but a kind of complexity and contradiction that can be rendered only through the kind of dull character details that he excelled in, accumulating them from inside out.

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