| Jan 16, 2015
| 1:00 PM
The movies just love, love, love history. But history does not love the movies back. Not even one little bit.
Movies based on or re-creating the past have been a cinematic staple since the earliest days of silent film, with stage great Sarah Bernhardt,...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 7:35 AM
Originally announced for a summer 2014 release, Andy and Lana Wachowski's science fiction epic "Jupiter Ascending" opens Feb. 6, following a few reshoots and several months of postproduction effects work. So it won't be long before moviegoers learn the...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 5:30 PM
That Jane Austen failed to write a murder-mystery sequel to "Pride and Prejudice" was an oversight remedied in 2011 by P.D. James with her novel "Death Comes to Pemberley." Like "P&P" and many other Austens before it — and many of James' own works,...
| Nov 27, 2014
Your friends and loved ones deserve a souvenir from your theme-park exploits. A folded-up guide map isn't going to cut it. Instead, you could upgrade your gift-giving experience with one of these park purchases.
•The year's hot new magical item is,...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 1:41 PM
Orlando Repertory Theatre specializes in theater for children but "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is equally likely — perhaps more likely — to please young theatergoers' parents.
Adults of a certain age will be filled with nostalgia for the...
| Nov 27, 2014
Universal Orlando has warmed up to hot butterbeer. The beverage, part of the Harry Potter lore, is now a year-round fixture at both of its theme parks.
Two cooler versions — one frosty, one frozen like an Slurpee — debuted alongside the...