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  • Review: 'Unbroken'

    Review: 'Unbroken'
    Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 nonfiction account "Unbroken" introduced millions to Louis Zamperini, the Italian-American who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and, in World War II, became an Army Air Corps bombardier flying missions over the South Pacific....
  • Review: 'Into the Woods'

    Review: 'Into the Woods'
    In the generation since "Into the Woods" opened on Broadway, the entertainment world has recycled a forest's worth of enchantress-based, princess-dependent and fairy tale-steeped mythology for mass consumption, from Disney's "Frozen" and "Maleficent" to...
  • 'The Gambler' is electric and addictive

    'The Gambler' is electric and addictive
    3.5 stars (out of four) Mark Wahlberg is the leading man you don’t think of when listing leading men. He’s the underdog you root for no matter how many times he plays one. Somewhat quietly, he’s built a hell of a career. The actor&...
  • For Chicago jazz lovers, it was a very good year

    For Chicago jazz lovers, it was a very good year
    Chicago jazz listeners heard great sounds in 2014, including: Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Nov. 14, Auditorium Theatre: A little more than a decade ago, the CJP was but a dream of Chicago trumpeter-composer Davis and colleague Mark Ingram....
  • 'Big Eyes' shows its colors too early

    'Big Eyes' shows its colors too early
    2 stars (out of four) It’s not easy to re-create an era onscreen. I didn’t live through the 1950s; I know that it was not a high point for attitudes toward women, but not the many ways in which that attitude infected society. There’s...
  • Bella Voce delivers glad tidings of the season

    Bella Voce delivers glad tidings of the season
    Area churches and concert halls have come alive all month with the seasonal sounds of comfort, joy and rejoicing. This year's abundance of Christmas concerts seems to speak directly to the zeitgeist: Audience members may well feel the need for the...
  • REVIEW: 'H.M.S. Pinafore' by Hypocrites at the Den Theatre

     REVIEW: 'H.M.S. Pinafore' by Hypocrites at the Den Theatre
    When it comes to cheating the gray skies of winter, only Santa has a bigger bag of tricks than Sean Graney and The Hypocrites, the theater company Graney founded in 1997. In 2010, his production of "Pirates of Penzance" transported audiences to what...
  • 'Ask Me Anything' answers teen questions deftly

     'Ask Me Anything' answers teen questions deftly
    The edgy coming-of-age tale "Ask Me Anything" begins with a snarky, bubble-gum vibe that gives way to something far deeper and meaningful. Writer-director Allison Burnett, who based the script on his 2009 novel, "Undiscovered Gyrl," masterfully immerses...
  • Three art shows in San Diego recall abstraction's prominence

    Abstract paintings and sculptures were once the gold standard of Modern art. They spoke of adventurous aesthetic expeditions into hitherto unexplored visual realms. Since the 1950s the figurative banner was held high by marvelous painters such as...
  • Flat. Stagnant. Well, 'Goodbye to All That'

    A charming supporting cast fails to invigorate "Goodbye to All That," a relentlessly flat seriocomic take on contemporary relationships marking the directorial debut of "Junebug" scribe Angus MacLachlan. Although completely blindsided by his wife's...
  • 'Mr. Turner' is a vivid grumble

    'Mr. Turner' is a vivid grumble
    3 stars (out of four) Hordes of people won’t flock to “Mr. Turner,” which, sorry to say, is not the long-awaited story of what happened to Shawn Hunter’s “Boy Meets World” teacher and mentor. The ultra-slow, 150-minute...