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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 own home. Many brand-new films are now premiering on VOD services while still playing in theaters.

  • Fourth fun from home — hot dogs included Jul 4, 2014 6:00 AM
    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 25, 2014 5:30 AM
    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 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    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 grandfather (Rutger Hauer). Now, Sookie’s shacking up with denim-clad werewolf Alcide (Joe Manganiello), Sam (Sam Trammell) the bartender is now mayor of Bon Temps, and vampires are officially allies of the human race again as both must help protect each other from vampires infected with Hepatitis-V.

  • Truly great TV: Tragedy and ‘Thrones’ Jun 13, 2014 5:15 AM
    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 ESPN, and it’s now available for streaming to Netflix subscribers. It chronicles the April 15, 1989, soccer stadium disaster in Sheffield, England, in which 96 people were crushed to death in an overcrowded, standing-room-only spectators’ pen.

  • 'Cosmos' takes its final spectacular trip Jun 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    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 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    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 villains? Well, funny you should ask!

  • 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.

  • Have a totally radical summer movie festival at home May 16, 2014 5:30 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?

  • Happy Mother’s Day, Rosemary! May 9, 2014 5:30 AM
    “Rosemary’s Baby,” the 1968 Satanic chiller about a naive New York City housewife with some seriously disturbed neighbors, has been remade as a two-night miniseries for NBC starring Zoe Saldana. Will it be a bigger departure for the actress, or from the source material? We'll find out on Sunday.

  • ‘Louie’ is back with more great guest stars May 2, 2014 5:30 AM
    "Louie" returns to FX on Monday with more offbeat comedy and more great guest stars. Sean lists his five essential episodes to watch before Season 4 begins.

  • Down the YouTube rabbit hole Apr 23, 2014 6:15 AM
    You come home from work, you boot up the computer, and next thing you know it's 6 a.m. and you've watched 74 YouTube videos. Or maybe this just happens to Sean, who has some video suggestions for you.

  • TV deaths that made us cheer, not cry Apr 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Last Sunday’s episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” did the unthinkable and united the Internet commentariat in joyous jubilation — and did so by killing off a character. The death of a major or recurring character is the ultimate shock tactic in television, and rarely is such a death met with celebration.

  • Football? Nah, Costner’s best on the baseball field Apr 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    It has been almost 30 years since Kevin Costner first appeared on film fans’ radars. But today brings the theatrical release of “Draft Day,” an Ivan Reitman comedy/feature-length NFL commercial that puts Costner back in the genre in which he seems to be most comfortable: the sports movie.

  • See more of your favorite 'Game of Thrones' stars Apr 4, 2014 3:18 AM
    "Game of Thrones" Season 4 begins Sunday on HBO, but hardcore fans want more. Sean will tell you how can meet some "GoT" actors later this month.

  • Want more Ron Burgundy? You got it Mar 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Fans of 2004’s “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” had to wait nearly 10 years for a sequel. Now, just a little more than three months after the Channel 4 Action News Team returned to theaters, fans can bring home three different versions of that sequel.

  • The best TV show you’re (probably) not watching Mar 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    The idea of resurrecting a popular horror movie in the guise of a serialized prequel for television is not one that inspires confidence, but NBC’s “Hannibal,” starring Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen as the titular cannibal, is an elegant, operatic triumph.

  • ‘Grand Budapest’ director’s films shine on Blu-ray Mar 12, 2014 5:45 AM
    "Grand Budapest Hotel" director Wes Anderson's films are known for their wit and color, and premium video distributor Criterion presents them at their very best on Blu-ray.

  • Still the maestro of the movies Mar 7, 2014 6:10 AM
    John Williams, certainly the most popular and arguably the most important film composer of all time, is still going at age 82. Here are five essential (yet unheralded) pieces by the man who just got his 49th Oscar nomination.

  • Liam Neeson the actor, not the action star Feb 28, 2014 5:45 AM
    Liam Neeson, who rose to considerable fame and acclaim in 1993 with Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning “Schindler’s List,” has in recent years found a lucrative niche playing middle-aged action heroes in movies like “Non-Stop,” which opens Friday. His most iconic roles — as opportunistic businessman-turned-savior Oskar Schindler, Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn in “Star Wars: Episode I” and a vengeful father with a “particular set of skills” in “Taken” — have perhaps overshadowed a career full of fine and diverse performances. Here are Sean Stangland's five favorites.

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