| Nov 14, 2014
| 10:01 AM
Culturally, physically, scatologically — it's hard to overstate "The Complete Zap Comix."
Let's start with the thing itself: If I threw it at your head, and landed a solid strike, I might end you. It weighs 20 pounds, stands more than a foot...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 11:43 AM
At a recent downtown Chicago screening of "The Theory of Everything," several younger women attempted, one by one, to turn the post-screening question-and-answer session into a post-show swoon-and-rave, never mind the questions part. Variations on "I...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 11:29 AM
I was listening the other day to humorist Jean Shepherd reading the story that inspired the movie classic, “A Christmas Story.”
He was taped on Christmas Eve 1974, when he presented New York's WOR Radio listeners with an abridged...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Suppose what some call the "Christmas story" is true -- all of it, from the angels, to the shepherds, to the virgin birth, to God taking on human flesh. By this, I don't mean to suggest it is true only for those who believe it to be true, but what if it...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 10:20 AM
Near the end of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," as this vast science fiction blockbuster-to-be neared its third hour, the floodgates burst: My chin quivered (check), tear ducts filled (check), cheeks grew warmer (check). And yup, I cried. Sneaking a...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 7:56 AM
The AFI Fest's opening night gala might be the award season's equivalent of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx.
Consider the quartet of movies that have christened the Hollywood film festival the last four years -- "Love & Other Drugs," "J. Edgar,"...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 12:04 PM
As far as musicals go, "Eureka and the Biomass Man" revolves around a pretty unusual topic: a love story between a custodian named Eureka and a large blob of synthetic biological materials known as Biomass Man. There is singing and music and a 7-foot blob...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 5:10 PM
Memorable science fiction thinks the unthinkable so we don't have to.
If earlier generations fretted about nuclear radiation or alien invasion, what powers Christopher Nolan's altogether remarkable "Interstellar" is an up-to-date concern about the...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 1:30 PM
Surrounded by more Christmas decorations than they've ever seen, Bryan and Brandon Montayne are inside their new home trying to re-enact the lesson and the logo of Boys Town.
On the logo is a picture of a boy carrying a younger boy on his back with the...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 11:47 AM
Now we're cooking. Finally, the fruits of the international film festival circuit are being delivered all over the place, just in time for awards season, formerly known as "winter."
Now is the time we learn if the rapturous reception for Bennett Miller'...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 7:30 AM
Not many moviegoers know the play, but the 1948 Moss Hart comedy "Light Up the Sky" concerns the painful birth of a Broadway-bound post-apocalyptic allegory called "The Time Is Now." It may well be a work of genius. It may also be a pretentious stiff...