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Tribune film critic Michael Phillips says last night’s Academy Awards went down nice and easy and called it the “best Oscars show in several years.”

So why was the 96th running of the bull Sunday such a surprise, even without actual surprises? Here are his five theories.

If you missed any of the movies, you can watch this year’s Oscar-winning films online.

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Warm, breezy weather predicted across Chicago area Monday, Tuesday

High temperatures are expected to reach 67 to 71 Tuesday with partly cloudy skies. Read more here.

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Retired Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster lists Lakeview home for $2.5M

The two-story house has 6 ½ bathrooms, four fireplaces, hardwood floors, high ceilings, custom millwork and cabinetry, a living room with moldings and a marble fireplace, and more. Read more here.

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Chicago baseball report: White Sox pitchers are fine-tuning — while the Cubs are working on positional flexibility

The Chicago Cubs’ first day off of spring training Monday sets up the final two weeks of big-league camp. The big question: Will right-hander Jameson Taillon’s lower back tightness cause him to be sidelined at the start of the season? Read more here.

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Cookbook news: ‘Anything’s Pastable’ by The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman, plus Nancy’s Pizza book in the works

Dan Pashman not only invented a new pasta shape just a few years ago, now he’s coming for your pasta sauce. Read more here.

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Palestinians in Gaza begin Ramadan with hunger worsening and no end in sight to the Israel-Hamas war

Families would ordinarily break the daily fast with holiday feasts, but even where food is available, there is little beyond canned goods and the prices are too high for many. Read more here.

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