| Sep 15, 2014
We're heading into Oscar-bait season for Hollywood, when the biggest movies tend to suck up all the oxygen. Just as worthy are the offerings from the local art house scene, which reliably features smaller films — indie features, classic films and...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 9:50 AM
"Riddick" -- the third sci-fi film to star Vin Diesel as the interplanetary antihero of the same name -- arrives nine years after its predecessor, "The Chronicles of Riddick," and 13 years after the original, "Pitch Black." Unfortunately for Diesel and...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Amid a summer in which Earth has been decimated by an alien intelligence, abandoned by humanity, overrun by zombies and beset by demons, "Pacific Rim" introduces yet another threat: kaiju -- giant, city-smashing monsters from the deep. Mankind's only hope...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 8:45 AM
"There's no crying in baseball."
Start there. Start with one of the most famous movie lines ever. Start with Tom Hanks’ character in "A League of Their Own" in that magnificent scene where he's screaming about the Cubs' lousy hitting with...
| Nov 15, 2013
It’s the busiest season of the year for us in Good Eating, as we prepare for two weeks of Thanksgiving coverage. All the recipes have been tested, the photographs shot and the stories edited. Just as we put the sections to bed (look for our coverage...
| Feb 28, 2014
Oscar-nominated or not, a screenplay remains a halfway thing until it goes before the cameras. Similarly, a movie is only a movie until the post-screening discussion, whether that discussion takes place in your head, alone, or with strangers in a room. At...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 8:34 AM
So this has been an ideal week for a film critic: “X-Men: First Class” sharing the Friday Movies section with the new Terrence Malick film “The Tree of Life,” which has to be one of the more daring mainstream pictures of the new...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 10:57 AM
Wondering about how our social media classes & seminars work? Here are the answers to some of our more frequently asked questions.
Q: What is TribU?
A: Classes and seminars for people seeking enrichment all fall under the TribU banner. The classes,...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 12:22 PM
One of the joys of the extra space afforded us in the Tribune’s recent redesign has been the addition of a full page of film recommendations, labeled ON SCREEN.
On that page film critic Michael Phillips (with an occasional assist from other...
| Aug 3, 2011
Two thoughts, as we watch Columbus Drive transform into a wall of portable toilets. One, must be Lollapalooza time. Two, where on Earth did that word come from?
Legend and Encyclopedia Britannica have it that founder and Jane's Addiction leader Perry...
| Aug 5, 2011
When the comedy "Any Wednesday" opened on Broadway in 1964 Walter Kerr reviewed a then-unknown Gene Hackman and noted, memorably, the actor's "wonderfully light-footed habit of stepping off a joke before it begins to complain." Isn't that an exquisite...