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  • Witty, fast-paced 'Babylon,' set in Britain, hits home in U.S.

    Witty, fast-paced 'Babylon,' set in Britain, hits home in U.S.
    With the Thursday premiere of Danny Boyle's astringent though essentially true-hearted police satire "Babylon," SundanceTV expands its original-series repertoire into comedy. The move proves that the cable network is not afraid to serve British television...
  • 'Predestination' ties itself in knots

    'Predestination' ties itself in knots
    1.5 stars (out of four) A great example of why people are often annoyed by time travel movies, “Predestination” operates as if it’s doing something clever even though every backflip feels like an attempt to distract from decisions that...
  • 'Inherent Vice' is a strange, excellent trip

    'Inherent Vice' is a strange, excellent trip
    3.5 stars (out of four) Hovering dazedly between “Chinatown” and “The Big Lebowski” (with tidbits of “L.A. Confidential”), “Inherent Vice” surely is the most consistently sideways movie Paul Thomas...
  • High-tech 'Blackhat' remains rooted in old-school filmmaking

    It lures us in with the promise of up-to-the-minute villainy, but the satisfactions of "Blackhat" are surprisingly old school. Directed by the veteran Michael Mann, "Blackhat's" story of computer attacks wreaking all kinds of havoc with established...
  • 'Paddington' brings irresistible bear to life

    'Paddington' brings irresistible bear to life
    Where to start with the wondrous whimsy of "Paddington"? Artfully and cleverly, the sweet spirit of that young bear from darkest Peru and his many London misadventures materializes brilliantly on screen in the very good hands of writer-director-conjurer...
  • 'Little Accidents' mines small-town tragedy with Gothic grit

    'Little Accidents' mines small-town tragedy with Gothic grit
    In "Little Accidents," a drama set in a West Virginia coal-mining town, a boy, a woman and a man become inextricably and painfully linked in the aftermath of a mine explosion that left nine men dead. Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook and Jacob Lofland star...
  • Israeli soldiers battle boredom in satiric 'Zero Motivation'

    Satiric, surreal, unexpected and at times wildly funny, "Zero Motivation" is a savage black comedy that eviscerates an unexpected target: the Israeli army, officially known as the IDF. Whatever your image of the Israel Defense Forces is, heroic or...
  • Gidon Kremer shares a performance of a lifetime

    Gidon Kremer shares a performance of a lifetime
    When Herbert von Karajan famously called Gidon Kremer the greatest violinist in the world in 1976, the legendary German conductor didn't know what he was talking about. Kremer was the best. He had taken Moscow by storm six years earlier at Tchaikovsky...
  • Kevin Hart-Josh Gad chemistry highlights 'The Wedding Ringer'

    It's not quite a match made in heaven, but there is considerable comic chemistry between the high-octane Kevin Hart and the energy-conserving Josh Gad. A good thing since theirs is the only relationship worth watching in "The Wedding Ringer." There sure...
  • REVIEW: Young Playwrights Festival by Pegasus Theatre

    REVIEW: Young Playwrights Festival  by Pegasus Theatre
    Much as Bailiwick Repertory was reborn as Bailiwick Chicago a few years ago, Pegasus Players has rebranded itself as Pegasus Theatre Chicago. While the company's flight from its longtime home at Truman College has been uncertain, it has stayed true to its...
  • 'Taken 3's' Liam Neeson fires up action, and unintended laughs

    'Taken 3's' Liam Neeson fires up action, and unintended laughs
    "Taken 3" is so unintentionally hilarious I couldn't help but wonder — do movie contracts carry a humiliation bonus clause these days? The high-octane action thriller once again features Liam Neeson as the former black ops guy with all those...