| Dec 7, 2012
| 12:10 PM
I'm 51 and Bilbo-free. Somehow "The Hobbit" has eluded me my entire reading life. What was I reading in junior high when I first noticed everyone else was reading it? "Big A: The Story of Lew Alcindor," maybe. Or William K. Everson's book on Laurel &...
| Mar 20, 2012
Every few years, a publishing phenomenon that captures the interest of young readers, and older ones, translates into a multiplex phenom as well. We got it with “Harry Potter.” We got it—one more movie to go—with “Twilight.&...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 9:51 AM
Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips on the 2013 Oscar nominations. (Posted: Jan 10, 2013)
| Feb 23, 2013
| 8:23 AM
When Seth MacFarlane takes the stage Sunday as host of the 85thAcademy Awards, chances are a large portion of the viewing audience will look at their TV screens and wonder: Who is this guy? He might just be the least famous Oscar host ever , with a resume...
| Mar 1, 2013
If you're a college basketball fan, March means the NCAA's annual spring basketball tournament. Movie-lovers also think about "Hoosiers," starring Gene Hackman, which we're screening as a Tribune Press Pass event at 7 p.m. on March 18 in the Music Box...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 5:46 PM
Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic whose gladiatorial "thumbs-up, thumbs-down" assessments turned film reviewing into a television sport and whose passion for independent film helped introduce a new generation of filmmakers to...
| Apr 14, 2013
A screenwriter who went by the pseudonyms of R. Hyde and Reinhold Timme died recently in Chicago. Others knew the man as Roger Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Ebert's death got us thinking about interesting facts involving movie critics....
| Apr 11, 2013
It’s fun, that’s why. I’m here for the fun.
The raucous, laugh-filled experience of the Tribune’s “Slap Shot" sparked it, and I’m still getting thanks for co-hosting that event. “Caddyshack" is the “Slap...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Let’s talk about the most famous call at The Masters.
It did not occur this year at the recently completed tournament, although the way Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera played golf’s version of H-O-R-S-E for the last hour certainly lent itself...
| Nov 18, 2011
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1": Just as the "Twilight" series of books and films split fans into two camps (Team Edward and Team Jacob, for the uninitiated) the latest film, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1" is...
| Dec 21, 2011
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" has captivated audiences twice already in recent years and introduced an iconic heroine in hacker Lisbeth Salander. Now David Fincher's new English-language version has the challenge of bringing Salander to life while...