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Box Office Report: “The Gambler”

Box Office Report: “The Gambler”

By Jack Heyden

December 30, 2014


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When “The Gambler” was at its best, it was a decent film, but when it struggled it wasn’t much more than a sports film with an affinity for Blackjack. Structurally, the movie was sound, and I had the pleasure of explaining how everything pieced together very well to a fellow moviegoer who didn’...

Mac DeMarco creates intimate solo act at Foellinger

October 30, 2014


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Mac DeMarco’s strong vocals were in full throttle last night as he performed a rare solo show at the Foellinger Auditorium. Without any additional instrumental backing, DeMarco held together a beautiful, raw set for the couple hundred audience members that spread out through the main floor and balcony...

Box Office Report: “John Wick”

Box Office Report: “John Wick”

October 30, 2014


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My thought process walking out (or escaping) the theater was to label “John Wick” as either bad or really bad depending on how pissed off traffic made me on the ride home. And I will say that I hit more red lights than I intended to.  The film concerns a retired hit man played by Keanu Reeves, who bre...

Dopapod brings chill light, music show Sunday night

Dopapod brings chill light, music show Sunday night

October 6, 2014


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Smoke curls to the ceiling, green lights blink and people sway to the sounds of chill Reggae music. The laid-back atmosphere didn’t entirely foreshadow the planned performance at The Canopy Club on Sunday night, with the only signs of a show being the lonely instruments on stage. Suddenly, the lights di...

“Good Boys and True” offers critique of privileged lifestyle, material culture

“Good Boys and True” offers critique of privileged lifestyle, material culture

By Matt Ru

January 27, 2014


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The Station Theatre in Urbana has a reputation for selecting performances that challenge the comfort and emotions of its actors and audience. “Good Boys and True,” an avant-garde, socially critical work by emerging playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, does just that. Premiering in 2008 at the Steppe...