YEAR-END LISTS

Retrospective: The 10 Best Films of 1997  (December 10, 2017)

Retrospective: The best of the rest of 1997  (December 12, 2017)

Retrospective: The 10 Best Films of 1998 (December 30, 2018)

Retrospective: The best of the rest of 1998 (December 31, 2018)

The Best of 2011 (so far)  (July 2, 2011)

The Best of 2012 (so far)  (June 25, 2012)

The Best of 2013 (so far)  (June 26, 2013)

The Best of 2014 (so far)  (June 19, 2014)

The Best of 2015 (so far)  (June 30, 2015)

The Best of 2016 (so far)  (June 30, 2016)

The Best of 2017 (so far)  (June 30, 2017)

The Best of 2018 (so far)  (July 2, 2018)

16 Hidden Gems for 2016  (January 17, 2017)

17 Hidden Gems for 2017  (March 1, 2018)

The 10 Best Films of 2011  (December 31, 2011)

The 10 Best Films of 2012  (January 6, 2013)

The 10 Best Films of 2013  (December 31, 2013)

The 10 Best Films of 2014  (January 1, 2015)

The 10 Best Films of 2015  (December 29, 2015)

The 10 Best Films of 2016  (January 14, 2017)

The 10 Best Films of 2017  (January 1, 2018) 

The 10 Best Films of 2018 (January 21, 2019)

The Worst Films of 2011  (January 1, 2012)

The Worst Films of 2012  (December 30, 2012)

The Worst Films of 2013  (January 2, 2014)

The Worst Films of 2014  (December 30, 2014)

"MOVIE CLASSROOM" VIDEO REVIEWS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

The Amazing Spider-Man 2  (July 20, 2014)

Atomic Blonde  (August 1, 2017)

Baywatch  (May 26, 2017)

The Big Sick  (August 1, 2017)

Birdman  (October 27, 2014)

Boyhood  (July 25, 2014)

Calvary  (August, 8, 2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier  (July 20, 2014)

Cars 3  (June 15, 2017)

Chef  (July 20, 2014)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  (July 20, 2014)

Detroit  (August 1, 2017)

Draft Day  (July 20, 2014)

Edge of Tomorrow  (July 20, 2014) 

The Equalizer  (September 27, 2014)

A Ghost Story  (August 1, 2017)

Godzilla  (July 20, 2014)

Gone Girl  (October 26, 2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel  (July 20, 2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy  (August 3, 2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  (May 17, 2017)

Happy Christmas  (July 25, 2014)

It Comes at Night  (June 10, 2017)

Magic in the Moonlight  (July 25, 2014)

A Most Wanted Man  (September 12, 2014)

Neighbors  (July 20, 2014)

The One I Love  (September 12, 2014)

Sex Tape  (July 26, 2014)

The Skeleton Twins  (October 2, 2014)

Snowpiercer  (July 20, 2014)

St. Vincent  (October 27, 2014)

They Came Together  (July 20, 2014)

22 Jump Street  (July 20, 2014)

Whiplash  (October 27, 2014)

Wonder Woman  (June 1, 2017)

X-Men: Days of Future Past  (July 20, 2014)

The Zero Theorem  (September 27, 2014)

COLUMNS AND EDITORIALS

BAG Movies: New review platform for "Every Movie Has a Lesson"  (January 4, 2016)

BAG Movies: Newly updated site platform  (June 4, 2016)

Best Casino Movies of the 21st Century (September 5, 2018)

The Best Movie Beards  (November 20, 2012)

The Best Movie Firefighters and Fire Scenes  (April 6, 2012)

The Best Movie Fridays  (January 13, 2012)

The Best Movie Mustaches  (November 16, 2012)

The Best Movie Redheads  (June 19, 2012)

The Best Movies Filmed and Set in Chicago  (July 6, 2013)

The Best Movies Filmed and Set in Hawaii  (May 29, 2015)

Best Non-Horror Halloween Movie Scenes  (October 24, 2011)

Clarifying “Subjective” Versus “Objective” in Film Criticism (November 29, 2018)

Cold Movies to Beat the Summer Heat  (July 27, 2012)

Daily Themes for Social Media Pages  (January 4, 2016)

The Elusive "Guy-Cry" Movies  (February 15, 2011)

Everyone Has a Roger Ebert Story and Here's Mine  (April 4, 2013)

Five films to see before "La La Land"  (December 19, 2016)

Five of the best movies inspired by video games (August 13, 2018)

Four modern movies begging for the MST3K treatment (October 1, 2018)

Five things that might hurt Avengers: Endgame box office (February 15, 2019)

The growing Video On Demand movie market  (August 3, 2013)

An Honor Roll of the Best Movies About College  (August 16, 2012)

How Online Casinos Draw Inspiration from the Big Screen  (July 29, 2018)

Improving on the "Mozart Effect" with Movie Music  (July 4, 2014)

Know Your Numbers: Lessons from Movies (September 27, 2018)

Lesser-Known Sports and Betting Movies Worth Checking Out (August 8, 2018)

A Look at Movies Based of Folklore  (June 21, 2012)

Make Yourself a Better Oscar Predictor (January 31, 2019)

The Most Desired and Long-Awaited Sequels  (April 3, 2012)

The Most Overlooked Films of 2011  (January 10, 2012)

Movies and the 9/11 Impact  (September 11, 2018)

Movies for Doomsday Preparations  (April 12, 2012)

Movies That Epitomize the American Dream: Parts 1 and 2  (September 22, 2011)

Movies That Epitomize the American Dream: Parts 3 and 4  (September 25, 2011)

Movies That Epitomize the American Dream: Part 5  (September 25, 2011)

Movies That Epitomize the American Dream: Part 6  (September 29, 2011)

Movies That Epitomize the American Dream: Part 7  (September 29, 2011)

Movies That Epitomize the American Dream: Part 8  (September 30, 2011)

Movies that Like Casinos and Love Roulette  (July 29, 2018)

Movies that Will Help Make Good Students (September 3, 2018)

Movies To Warm Your Cold Winter  (January 5, 2012)

Movies with Collectors and Hoarders  (January 12, 2012)

My Picks for the Greatest Movie Scores  (November 14, 2014)

New Year's Resolutions for the Movie Industry for 2012  (January 3, 2012)

New Year's Resolutions for the Movie Industry for 2013  (January 1, 2013)

New Year's Resolutions for the Movie Industry for 2014  (January 3, 2014)

New Year's Resolutions for the Movie Industry for 2015  (January 6, 2015)

New Year's Resolutions for the Movie Industry for 2016  (January 1, 2016)

New Year's Resolutions for the Movie Industry for 2017  (December 31, 2016)

New Year's Resolutions for the Movie Industry for 2018  (January 2, 2018)

New Year’s Resolutions for the Movie Industry for 2019 (December 31, 2018)

Post-Super Bowl Challenge for 2018  (February 5, 2018)

Preview Project: Ingenious  (September 9, 2012)

The Required Movies on a Man's Pinterest Page  (April 18, 2012)

Romantic Movie Escapes for Every State  (February 6, 2012)

Romantic Movie Escapes for the World  (February 9, 2012)

The Sarcastic "Guy-Cry" Movies  (February 21, 2011)

Sofy.tv emerges as an amazing new platform for short films  (April 10, 2018)

A Teacher's Reaction to Waiting for "Superman"  (November 13, 2010)

3rd Annual Irish American Movie Hooley Preview  (September 25, 2017)

The 10 Best Irish-themed Films  (March 16, 2017)

The 10 Best Italian-themed Films  (March 18, 2017)

The 10 Best Movie Adaptations of TV Shows  (March 16, 2012)

The 10 Best Movies Based on Folklore  (June 21, 2012)

The 10 Best Movie Presidents  (February 15, 2012)

The 10 Best Movie Volunteers  (April 17, 2012)

The 10 Best Sports Betting Films  (December 25, 2017)

The 10 Best Time Travel Movies  (October 1, 2012)

Top 5 Underrated Movies Which Teach Us How to Love (November 29, 2018)

Top 10 Baseball Movies and their Lessons  (April 5, 2012)

Top 10 Football Movies and their Lessons  (September 13, 2011)

Top 10 Movie Fathers and their Lessons  (June 19, 2011)

Top 10 Movie Father-Figures and their Lessons  (June 19, 2011)

Top 10 Movie Mothers and their Lessons  (May 11, 2012)

Top 10 Movie Robots and their Lessons  (July 1, 2011)

Top 10 Movie Teachers  (June 21, 2011)

Two Brave First-Timers  (June 21, 2010)

2018 March Madness Movie Bracket Challenges  (March 30, 2018)

The Ultimate Movie Character Football Team  (January 28, 2013)

The Ultimate Movie Character Summer Olympic Team  (July 14, 2012)

The Ultimate Playlist of Movie Music Lullabies  (July 8, 2014)

Upcoming David Fincher book  (July 10, 2014)

Vampire Movies and Underworld: Blood Wars  (January 10, 2017)

What Current 2018 Stories Would Make Good Films?  (May 29, 2018)

What Does a Video Producer Do? (March 26, 2019)

What Happened to the "High School" Movie?  (September 5, 2013)

What Makes Marvel Movies Better than DC Movies? (February 14, 2019)

HOSTED GUEST EDITORIALS

The Top Martial Arts Movies of All-Time by Henry Veno (March

Unusual Stories of Actors Before They Became Famous by Joshua Sheridan (March 25, 2019)

INFOGRAPHIC SPECIALS

America and Canada’s Favorite Disney Classics (August 8, 2018)

Best Films About Finance  (December 12, 2017)

Best Movie Rooftop Confrontations  (November 6, 2017)

The Biggest Movie Star Missteps (December 15, 2018)

Box Office Magic and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter  (July 30, 2018)

Criminally Good Movie Heists  (November 8, 2017) 

The Disney/Fox Merger  (March 7, 2018)

Fictional Vaping Devices  (February 20, 2018)

15 Ways to Get Around in Harry Potter  (March 7, 2018)

The Films of Nicolas Cage (September 20, 2018)

The Greatest Bets on Screen  (March 20, 2018)

Guess by Murder Weapon  (November 7, 2017)

Hidden Iconic Movie Cars Quiz (February 7, 2019)

Hollywood Hounds Quiz  (November 7, 2017)

How Much Would Movie Cars Cost to Insure? (February 14, 2019)

How to Make a Blockbuster on a Budget  (January 25, 2018)

Iconic Movie Sleepwear for Your Favorite Characters  (July 30, 2018)

The Importance of Fog in Film  (November 7, 2017)

Most Destructive House Parties on Film (August 31, 2018)

Movie Math of Sci-Fi Movie Cars  (March 8, 2018)

Movie Nightmares  (December 12, 2017)

Movies that Make You Feel Claustrophobic  (November 7, 2017)

99 Insanely Interesting Gambling Movie Facts  (April 11, 2018)

Ranking the Most Iconic Movie Falls  (July 11, 2018)

Stephen King in Film  (November 6, 2017)

10 Most Expensive Jewelry Pieces Worn at the Academy Awards (February 7, 2019)

10 of the Most Memorable Cars from the Movies  (April 13, 2018)

Updated Cinematic Rights to Marvel Comic Characters  (December 17, 2017)

Vaping on Screen  (January 25, 2018)

When will we see the futuristic cars from our favorite entertainment? (December 15, 2018)

SEASONAL PREVIEWS

My 13 Most Anticipated Films of 2013  (January 8, 2013)

My 14 Most Anticipated Films of 2014  (January 2, 2014)

My 15 Most Anticipated Films of 2015  (December 31, 2014)

My 16 Most Anticipated Films of 2016  (January 1, 2016)

2014 Early Summer Preview  (April 29, 2014)

2014 Fall Movie Preview  (September 7, 2014)

2014 Holiday Movie Preview  (November 6, 2014)

2014 Late Summer Preview  (June  25, 2014)

2014 Spring Movie Preview  (March 3, 2014)

2014 Winter Movie Preview  (January 7, 2014)

2015 Early Summer Movie Preview (April 26, 2015)

2015 Holiday Movie Preview  (October 1, 2015)

2015 Fall Movie Preview  (August 28, 2015)

2015 Late Summer Preview  (June 23, 2015)

2015 Spring Movie Preview  (March 1, 2015)

2015 Winter Movie Preview  (December 31, 2014)

2016 Winter Movie Preview  (December 29, 2016)

2016 Spring Movie Preview  (March 2, 2016)

2018 Box Office Predictions  (March 13, 2018)

2018 Late Summer Box Office Forecast  (July 13, 2018)

"GUEST CRITICS" REVIEW SERIES

Bad Moms by Thanh Shanahan, Manda Torres, Kelly Johnson, and Donna Ferretti  (July 31, 2016)

A Bad Moms Christmas by Thanh Shanahan, Manda Torres, Kelly Johnson and Donna Ferretti  (November 19, 2017)

Book Club by Kathy Shanahan  (May 17, 2018)

Charlie's Angels by "Becca" and Natalie Dybala (September 30, 2014)

Cinderella by Natalie Dybala  (April 1, 2015)

Dumb and Dumber To by Tina and Kerrick Wolf  (November 9, 2014)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Blaine Grimes  (November 20, 2016)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Kelly Meents  (November 20, 2016)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Shane Bowen  (November 28, 2016)

The Fate of the Furious by Emmanuel Noisette  (April 19, 2017)

Fifty Shades Darker by Sharon Mulyk  (February 17, 2017)

Fifty Shades of Grey by Kristin Wensler  (February 17, 2015)

Fifty Shades of Grey by Sharon Mulyk  (February 17, 2015)

It by Emmanuel Noisette  (September 9, 2017)

John Wick: Chapter 2 by Emmanuel Noisette  (February 10, 2017)

The Judge by Tammy Englund  (September 30, 2014)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword by Steve Clifton (May 15, 2017)

Leon: The Professional by Farnaz Nazari (December 26, 2018)

Lights Out by Emmanuel Noisette  (July 22, 2016)

The Maze Runner by Heather Williams  (September 18, 2014)

Murder on the Orient Express by Jeff York  (November 9, 2017)

Office Christmas Party by Jake and Kimberly Narens  (December 25, 2016)

The Peanuts Movie with the Stark family  (November 7, 2015)

The Prince and Me: 10th Anniversary by "Becca" and Natalie Dybala  (September 10, 2014)

Rosewater and Maps to the Stars from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival by Heather Hagan-McVeigh  (October 6, 2014)

Shaun the Sheep by Patrick and Nathan Finnegan  (August 27, 2015)

Snatched by Steve Pulaski  (May 13, 2017)

Think Like a Man Too by Hodges Smith, Jr.  (June 23, 2014)

Transformers: Age of Extinction by Jason Williams and Danielle Simonetti  (July 15, 2014)

COLLECTED CAPSULE REVIEWS

2017 Oscar Nominees for Best Animated Short  (February 11, 2017)

2018 Oscar Nominees for Best Animated Short  (February 7, 2018)

2019 Oscar Nominees for Best Animated Short (February 9, 2019)

December 2017 Award Contenders  (December 27, 2017)

4th Chicago Critics Film Festival capsule reviews  (May 22, 2016)

5th Chicago Critics Film Festival: Feature film capsule reviews  (May 21, 2017)

5th Chicago Critics Film Festival: Short film capsule reviews  (May 21, 2017) 

6th Chicago Critics Film Festival: Feature film capsule reviews  (May 4, 2018)

50th Chicago International Film Festival capsule reviews  (October 24, 2014)

52nd Chicago International Film Festival capsule reviews  (October 20, 2016)

53rd Chicago International Film Festival capsule reviews  (October 24, 2017)

54th Chicago International Film Festival capsule reviews (October 11, 2018)

2nd Annual Irish American Movie Hooley: Capsule Reviews  (September 29, 2016)

3rd Annual Irish American Movie Hooley: Capsule Reviews (September 26, 2017)

4th Annual Irish American Movie Hooley: Capsule Reviews (September 26, 2018)

13th Beloit International Film Festival: Capsule Reviews  (March 3, 2018)

FESTIVAL COVERAGE

Facts and History of the Cannes Film Festival  (May 12, 2015)

50th Chicago International Film Festival must-see films  (October 10, 2014)

50th Chicago International Film Festival special events  (October 10, 2014)

51st Chicago International Film Festival must-see films  (October 15, 2015)

SOCIAL MEDIA OR PRESS SPECIALS

Highlights for the upcoming 22nd Fantasia International Film Festival  (July 8, 2018)

LodgeCon 2017 Panel Host Announcement  (February 8, 2017)

The Wilmette Theatre hosts "Science on Screen" series  (January 23, 2017)

See Roma in 70mm this week at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre (January 5, 2019)

CIFCC SPECIALS

2016 CIFCC Awards Announcement  (January 9, 2017) 

2016 CIFCC Nominations Announcement  (December 29, 2016)

2017 CIFCC Awards Announcement  (January 5, 2018)

2017 CIFCC Awards Fan Ballot  (December 24, 2017)

2017 CIFCC Nominations Announcement  (December 23, 2017)

2018 CIFCC Nominations Announcement (January 27, 2019)

2018 CIFCC Awards Announcement (February 4, 2019)

CIFCC coverage of the Chicago premiere of The American Side  (June 18, 2016)

AWARDS SEASON COLUMNS

OSCARS

14 Films to Watch for the 2014 Oscars  (February 25, 2013)

15 Films to Watch for the 2015 Oscars  (March 3, 2014)

16 Films to Watch for the 2016 Oscars  (February 23, 2015)

17 Films to Watch for the 2017 Oscars  (February 29, 2016)

18 Films to Watch for the 2018 Oscars  (February 27, 2017)

19 Films to Watch for the 2019 Oscars  (March 5, 2018)

20 Films to Watch for the 2020 Oscars (February 25, 2019)

Final 2011 Awards Tracker and 2012 Oscar Reactions  (February 27, 2012)

Final 2012 Awards Tracker and 2013 Oscar Reactions  (February 25, 2013)

Final 2013 Awards Tracker and 2014 Oscar Reactions  (March 3, 2014)

Final 2014 Awards Tracker and 2015 Oscar Reactions  (February 23, 2015)

Final 2016 Awards Tracker and 2016 Oscar Reactions  (February 28, 2016)

Final 2017 Awards Tracker and 2017 Oscar Reactions  (February 27, 2017)

Final 2018 Awards Tracker and 2019 Oscar Reactions (February 24, 2019)

My Full and Official 2012 Oscar Predictions (February 13, 2012)

My Full and Official 2013 Oscar Predictions  (February 22, 2013)

My Full and Official 2014 Oscar Predictions  (February 28, 2014)

My Full and Official 2015 Oscar Predictions (February 18, 2015)

My Full and Official 2016 Oscar Predictions  (February 24, 2016)

My Full and Official 2017 Oscar Predictions  (February 23, 2017)

My Full and Official 2018 Oscar Predictions  (February 28, 2018)

My Full and Official 2019 Oscar Predictions (February 21, 2019)

Oscar Fun: 2018 Betting Odds, Prop Bets, and Party Ideas  (March 1, 2018)

Oscar Predictions 2014: The female acting awards (February 28, 2014)

Oscar Predictions 2014: The male acting awards (February 28, 2014)

Oscar Predictions 2014: The minor film categories (February 26, 2014)

Oscar Predictions 2014: The music and sound categories  (February 26, 2014)

Oscar Predictions 2014: The race for Best Picture (February 28, 2014)

Oscar Predictions 2014: The visual and artistic categories  (February 26, 2014)

Oscar Predictions 2014: The writing and directing awards  (February 28, 2014)

Oscar Predictions 2015: The female acting awards (February 18, 2015)

Oscar Predictions 2015: The male acting awards (February 18, 2015

Oscar Predictions 2015: The minor film categories (February 17, 2015)

Oscar Predictions 2015: The musical and sound categories  (February 16, 2015)

Oscar Predictions 2015: The race for Best Picture (February 18, 2015)

Oscar Predictions 2015: The visual and artistic categories  (February 16, 2015)

Oscar Predictions 2015: The writing and directing categories  (February 18, 2015)

Oscar Predictions 2016: The female acting awards  (February 23, 2016)

Oscar Predictions 2016: The male acting awards  (February 23, 2016)

Oscar Predictions 2016: The minor film categories  (February 22, 2016)

Oscar Predictions 2016: The music and sound categories  (February 22, 2016)

Oscar Predictions 2016: The race for Best Picture  (February 24, 2016)

Oscar Predictions 2016: The visual and artistic categories  (February 22, 2016)

Oscar Predictions 2016: The writing and directing awards  (February 23, 2016)

Oscar Predictions 2017: The female acting awards  (February 22, 2017)

Oscar Predictions 2017: The male acting awards  (February 22, 2017)

Oscar Predictions 2017: The minor film categories  (February 21, 2017)

Oscar Predictions 2017: The music and sound categories  (February 20, 2017)

Oscar Predictions 2017: The race for Best Picture  (February 23, 2017)

Oscar Predictions 2017: The visual and artistic categories  (February 21, 2017)

Oscar Predictions 2017: The writing and directing awards  (February 22, 2017)

Oscar Predictions 2018: The female acting awards  (February 28, 2018)

Oscar Predictions 2018: The male acting awards  (February 28, 2018)

Oscar Predictions 2018: The minor film categories  (February 25, 2018)

Oscar Predictions 2018: The music and sound categories  (February 25, 2018)

Oscar Predictions 2018: The race for Best Picture  (February 28, 2018)

Oscar Predictions 2018: The visual and artistic categories  (February 25, 2018)

Oscar Predictions 2018: The writing and directing awards   (February 27, 2018)

Oscar Predictions 2019: The female acting awards (February 20, 2019)

Oscar Predictions 2019: The male acting awards (February 20, 2019)

Oscar Predictions 2019: The minor film categories (February 20, 2019)

Oscar Predictions 2019: The music and sound categories (February 20, 2019)

Oscar Predictions 2019: The race for Best Picture (February 21, 2019)

Oscar Predictions 2019: The visual and artistics categories (February 20, 2019)

Oscar Predictions 2019: The writing and directing awards (February 20, 2019)

Predicting the 86th Academy Award Nominations (January 21, 2014)

Predicting the 87th Academy Award Nominations  (January 14, 2015)

Predicting the 88th Academy Award Nominations  (January 13, 2016)

Predicting the 89th Academy Award Nominations  (January 23, 2017)

Reactions and Results of the 86th Academy Award Nominations  (January 21, 2014)

Reactions and Results of the 87th Academy Award Nominations  (January 15, 2015)

Reactions and Results of the 88th Academy Award Nominations  (January 14, 2016)

Reactions and Results of the 89th Academy Award Nominations  (January 24, 2017)

Reactions and Results of the 90th Academy Award Nominations  (January 23, 2018)

Reactions and Results of the 91st Academy Award Nominations (January 22, 2019)

GOLDEN GLOBES

Lessons and reactions to the 2019 Golden Globe film nominations (December 6, 2018)

Who Will Win/Should Win the 2014 Golden Globes  (January 9, 2014)

Who Will Win/Should Win the 2015 Golden Globes  (January 11, 2015)

Who Will Win/Should Win the 2016 Golden Globes  (January 8, 2016)

Who Will Win/Should win the 2017 Golden Globes  (January 7, 2016)

Who Will Win/Should Win the 2019 Golden Globes (January 4, 2019)

 

 


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