| Sep 16, 2011
Writer-director Rod Lurie's bird-brained remake of "Straw Dogs" doesn't work on its own terms, and it can't hold a candle to the unruly, unstable merits of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 original. It's miscast, barely functional in terms of technique, stupid and...
| Nov 10, 2011
| 12:53 PM
There are many pleasures in editing movies content for the Chicago Tribune, not the least of which is working with talented writers such as our critic, Michael Phillips, columnist Nina Metz, writers Chris Borrelli and Mark Caro and gifted colleagues at...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 6:08 AM
Talk about your undecided voters. The new Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis vehicle "The Campaign" can't make up its mind about dumb versus smart, crass versus crass with a conscience, or cheap caricature versus satire stoked by a sincere call to action....
| Aug 31, 2012
One of the first things you notice during the opening credits of "Sleepwalk with Me" is a producing acknowledgment that reads simply: "In association with WBEZ Chicago's This American Life."
Chicago's largest public radio station is in the movie...
| Jun 7, 2012
Nearly all the bits and pieces in director Ridley Scott's"Prometheus" come from other movies — either one of Scott's or someone else's. More and more, though, I appreciate Scott's fundamental squareness as a filmmaker. "Prometheus" may be the"...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 2:08 PM
Our SUNDAY section story on the election, "Red, white and do: Do you have a campaign plan for Tuesday night?" offers a variety of things to, well, sip (a red-white-and-blue Cast Your Ballots cocktail from Vincent's Briar Brackney) and watch (movies from...
| Nov 21, 2012
Look, I’m as bummed by the NHL lockout as you are. You hockey fans, anyway.
I’m sure we’re all getting tired of watching online highlights of Traktor Chelyabinsk scoring on Bars Astana in the Kontinental Hockey League, and while the...
| Nov 20, 2012
Here’s a glimpse of some upcoming Trib Nation events for December, 2012, and early January, 2013. The full, updated list is online at TribNation.com/Events.
Printers Row: Michael Connelly Pulitzer Prize winner and Printers Row Journal...
| Nov 21, 2012
Here’s the thing about a “Slap Shot’’ night like the Tribune is sponsoring: You can’t stage that kind of evening without a Hanson Brother. Not in my world, anyway.
And so, we’ll be joined by Steve Carlson. If you&...
| Nov 28, 2012
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman locked out the players on Sept. 15. Since then, he has decided to hold his breath until he turns blue. No NHL hockey. No hope, either. This made hockey fans sad, even those in Columbus. Then Stevie Sunshine had an idea: If we...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 7:13 AM
The NHL and the players association are going to federal mediation. Forget them.
We’re going to the Federal League, and you’re invited.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman locked out the players in September. Since then, the house elf for Boston...