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Angelina Jolie in the title role of "Maleficent," the villian from the 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty."

Summer Movies: Shooting, smashing, spooking on tap

Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen in "Neighbors."  | AP Photo

Movie Review: Rude and raunchy gags make for bad ‘Neighbors’

If you can buy the idea of Seth Rogen as an old fogey, or at least an old fogey in training, it might be a little easier to accept the strained comic premise of “Neighbors.”

<p>Macaulay&nbsp;Culkin in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York."&nbsp;</p>

Thrillist names the best fictional Chicagoans of all time

The house in "Home Alone" is in Winnetka, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" was filmed across the North Shore, John Cusack is from Evanston and "Risky Business" was filmed in Highland...

<p>Cownose ray | Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society</p>

Brookfield Zoo animal spotlight: Cownose rays

Cownose rays are a common species of ray and live in the western Atlantic Ocean from New England to Brazil. They are in the same family as sharks and skates.

Lea Michele voices that famous girl from Kansas in “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.”

Movies: ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,’ reviewed and other new, recent films

Race raises romantic issues in “Belle,” diet dictates disaster in “Fed Up,” Dorothy ditches Kansas again in ”Legends of Oz,” Sarah Drew keeps the faith in “Moms’ Night Out” and...

Trouble on the town: The cast of "Moms' Night Out."

Movie Review: Sexism trumps religion in aggravating ‘Mom’s Night’

A lot of effort clearly went into making this wholesome, middle-class suburban-nightmare comedy as appealing as possible for a broad audience despite its religious agenda —...

<p>Inna Faliks</p>

Beethoven piano music by Faliks perfectly paired with words of Schiller, Goethe

Sometimes a concert is so graceful and so unusual that it must be mentioned.

<p>In this 2005 photo, Jim Lichter of Park Ridge drives his restored 1964 Amphicar in Lake Michigan. &nbsp;| &nbsp;Sun-Times Media file photo</p>

Throwback Thursday: Park Ridge Amphicar takes a dip in Lake Michigan

It's #ThrowbackThursday! In this 2005 photo, Jim Lichter of Park Ridge drives his restored 1964 Amphicar in Lake Michigan. The car had two licenses, an automotive license and a...

Ann Whitney plays the matriarch of a dysfunctional household in Northlight Theatre's production of "Lost in Yonkers."

‘Lost in Yonkers’ could easily be set in today’s times

“Lost in Yonkers” is opening in previews May 2 at Skokie’s Northlight Theatre.

Andrew Garfield stars in "The Amazing Spiderman 2."

Movies: ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2’ opens, other new, recent films

On the web: Andrew Garfield has new adventures in “The Amazing Spiderman 2”; Macon Blair is a homeless man seeking revenge in “Blue Ruins,” and more, in theaters this week.

In "Blue Ruin," Macon Blair stars as Dwight, a homeless man who takes up a quest of revenge when his parents' killer is released from prison.

Movie Review: From meek to murderous in ‘Blue Ruin’

You couldn’t ask for a more unlikely avenger than the ill-equipped quasi hero of “Blue Ruin” and that’s precisely why it’s much more suspenseful than the typical violent revenge...

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