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  • 'Weekend' a home movie of sorts for Thomas Dolby

    'Weekend' a home movie of sorts for Thomas Dolby
    The world of moneyed Northern California liberals — a specific genus of the 1 percent all its own — is satirized from within in the seriocomic indie "Last Weekend" (at the Siskel Film Center through Oct. 9). It is Labor Day weekend and as...
  • Eric Holder: Mixed legacy at best

    He's not exactly stepping aside quietly. Reaction to Eric Holder's resignation ranged from hagiographic to diabolical. Civil rights leaders praised him as the strongest attorney general since Bobby Kennedy. Fox News derided him as the nation's all-time...
  • Worst Writers Sought

      I announced this last week in my column, but I figured I also should put the word out here about this year’s local version of the Bulwer-Lytton bad writing contest.   Here’s a quick review of what this is about. The international contest,...
  • Review: 'Gone Girl' ★★★ 1/2

    David Fincher's film version of the Gillian Flynn bestseller "Gone Girl" is a stealthy, snake-like achievement. It's everything the book was and more — more, certainly, in its sinister, brackish atmosphere dominated by mustard-yellow fluorescence,...
  • 'Bright Star' wears its old-fashioned heart on its gingham sleeve

    There were times during "Bright Star," the quaint new musical by comedy-legend-turned modern-Renaissance-man Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, when I wondered if my interminable journey on I-5 had led me to the Old Globe Theatre, where the...
  • TV talker Bill O'Reilly brings his spin to South Florida

    TV talker Bill O'Reilly brings his spin to South Florida
    Conservative firebrand Bill O'Reilly is leaving the confines of his TV studio desk and bringing his trademark spin on news and newsmakers to the heart of the most liberal bastion in Florida. Never mind that Friday night's venue is located in territory...
  • 'Gone Girl' author Gillian Flynn makes confident leap into screenwriting

    'Gone Girl' author Gillian Flynn makes confident leap into screenwriting
    Walking across Western Avenue on a muggy September afternoon, Gillian Flynn stepped through the rutted pavement of a construction zone and explained with patience and precision how she would murder me one day. Granted, I had asked. Say you needed to...
  • Author tells story of Chicago's transportation past

    Author tells story of Chicago's transportation past
    When it comes to transportation, the Chicago region has a bad case of terminal neglect. It goes far beyond the shabby condition of Union Station, which if it were an airport would have one of the 10 highest passenger totals in the United States. The...
  • 9 things that I like, autumn edition

    9 things that I like, autumn edition
    Every now and then I make a list of nine things I've liked lately. Here's one for autumn. 1. The forest preserves of Cook County I know lots of people who lament that they don't visit the forest preserves enough. I'm one, and I was reminded of it last...
  • Could you be the Lehigh Valley's best horrible writer?

    "When the dead moose floated into view the famished crew cheered — this had to mean land! — but Captain Walgrove, flinty-eyed and clear headed thanks to the starvation cleanse in progress, gave fateful orders to remain on the original course...
  • The Biblioracle: Favorite fictional places

    The Biblioracle: Favorite fictional places
    When I was young, whenever I'd go into a new house, I'd pretend I needed to go to the bathroom, and instead go searching for a wardrobe that might take me to Narnia. American houses are big on closets, so I often wouldn't find a wardrobe, but any...