Ever since the release date of Marvel’s Black Panther, people worldwide have been giving the movie nothing but amazing reviews. From the cast themselves, to the soundtrack made by Kendrick Lamar, Marvel fans say this is the best MCU movie to date, while others who may not be Marvel, or comic book fans, are even going to see this movie for cultural purposes, and have said themselves that watching this movie has been an amazing experience. Personally I thought this was an amazing movie from the beginning. I’m already a comic book and MCU fan. I also came to see this movie from a cultural aspect. Since I always wanted to go to Africa, and see were I can connect with my ancestors, and how they all use to live their day to day lives in such a beautiful place. Black Panther is out in movie theaters right now!
- Get A Scare At Fright Flicks At Navy Pier
Its time to be a kid again! Navy Pier’s Fright Flicks events taking place October 21st and October 28th are going to may your night scary for your Halloween traditions this year. With movies after movies each day, Friends and family halloweekend of fun by munch on some popcorn, and get ready to scream. Movies include: Monsters, Inc., Ghostbusters (2016), Monster House, and Beetlejuice.
- Chicago Marathon
Cheer on or Run for the thousands of runners who will participate in the 26.2 mile run through several city neighborhoods on Sunday. Runners from all 50 states and many countries will compete in the Midwest’s largest running event of the year.
- Do the Monster Mash
October is the perfect month to go and see your favorite bands and do the monster mash. There are many great concerts going on this fall in Chicago. In example, Skrillex is a very popular and well-known electronic dance music producer, DJ, singer, and songwriter. Skrillex is coming to Chicago on Saturday, October 18th. He will be playing at the Navy Pier alongside A$AP Ferg.
- Take a Bike Tour Bobby’s Bike Tour
RIDING IN FEAR! It is a great way to stay active while staying in the Halloween spirit and having a scary experience. The tour starts by riding through an old cemetery, then the tour will pass the Chicago River site where a bizarre occurrence took place when 844 people drowned in mid-daylight. Chicago’s infamous ghost, Resurrection Mary, will be discussed as well as many other haunted local places including the Levee District, the Columbian Exposition, and the exploits of one H. H. Holmes.
- Alder After Dark
Exclusively for adults 21+, this evening offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6:00–10:00 pm (Summer hours, May-August: 6:30–10:30 pm.) Get SPOOK’D
By Joshua Winchester
This week marked a monumental occasion for the superhero movie genre. After 75 years, two of the great titans of superhero lore, Batman and Superman, have finally appeared on the big screen together in a loud, noisy, character and plot crowded film that almost clocks in at 3 hours in length. And the movie is nothing short of glorious.
The film adds a whole new level to the fledgling DC Cinematic Universe, especially with the various casting decisions for the film that are propelling the series towards the inevitable Justice League (slated for release in 2017)
Two of the strongest elements in the film are the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman (aka Bruce Wayne) and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince).
Affleck’s performance as a older, more embittered Batman is superb. He steps into the role with all the dedication of any actor who has taken up the mantle of Batman and yet also adds something by playing a Batman who has (according to the dialogue setting up the character) spent 20 years fighting crime in his native Gotham City which explains his reactionary approach to dealing with the apparent threat that is Superman to the balance of the world. All in all, Affleck certainly lives up the hype that was surrounding his portrayal of Batman, and the same can be said for Gal Gadot in her role as Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman, the ultimate female warrior, blessed by the gods of Greek mythology and raised on an island of warrior Amazons, tasked with coming to man’s world to help make it right. This is a super-heroine who has been a strong example of the ultimate woman, and Gal Gadot steps into the role with clear conviction about how to play the character. Incidentally, this is Wonder Woman’s big screen debut. Wonder Woman is only seen in costume (and out of costume) in brief parts of the movie, but she steals these scenes and left me and the audience wanting more. Thankfully, her own movie is also slated to come out in 2017.
All in all, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice delivered big on the promise of a drag’em out, no holds barred superhero action film. The cast was amazing, stellar special effects and the start of the DC Cinematic Universe. This is a must-see movie for anyone, both fans of the comic books and average movie-goers alike.
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