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  • Will Smith and Margot Robbie sizzle in the irresistible 'Focus'

    "Focus," the new rom-com-con — as in romantic comedy-con artist caper — is an irresistible reminder of all the reasons we first fell for the Fresh Prince so many years ago. Will Smith comes back from the "After Earth" sci-fi fiasco of 2013...
  • Tragic 'Twenty-Seventh Man' brings power of the pen to bear

    Nathan Englander's short story, "The Twenty-Seventh Man," from his debut collection, "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges," is so impeccably pulled off, so beautifully composed in the spirit of the great Yiddish writers it depicts that the notion of...
  • Review: 'What We Do in the Shadows'

    Review: 'What We Do in the Shadows'
    Eighty-five minutes of really funny, the New Zealand vampire mockumentary "What We Do in the Shadows" comes from the "Flight of the Conchords" folks and their pals. Let me restate: This is a comedy that works. It knows how to sustain a premise and...
  • Tesla scores, Buick soars in new Consumer Reports auto ratings

    Tesla scores, Buick soars in new Consumer Reports auto ratings
    Three U.S. models cracked Consumer Reports’ list of its top picks in 10 automobile categories this year, and Buick became the first domestic brand to land in the magazine’s annual ranking of the best auto manufacturers. Tesla Motors’...
  • Review: 'The Property' by Lyric Unlimited

    Review: 'The Property' by Lyric Unlimited
    How strong is Lyric Opera's belief in "The Passenger" as an artistic and historical document? So strong that the company is surrounding its splendid performances of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's Holocaust-themed opera with a host of related discussions,...
  • 'Dead Man' is wrenching music drama in first full area staging

     'Dead Man' is wrenching music drama in first full area staging
    Until Northwestern University did the honors last weekend, Chicago was virtually the last major American city not to have seen a fully staged production of Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking." A grievous oversight, considering the work's proven popular...
  • Restaurant review: Intro

    Restaurant review: Intro
    Intro is a concept like no other: Part high-end restaurant, part restaurateur grad school. Richard Melman's brainchild offers hand-picked chefs a two- to three-month opportunity to engage with the nimblest minds in the Lettuce Entertain You empire,...
  • Theater review: 'Henry V' from Orlando Shakespeare Theater

    Theater review: 'Henry V' from Orlando Shakespeare Theater
    The text of "Henry V" gives theater directors ideas on how to stage the William Shakespeare drama. In the play, probably written at the end of the 1590s, a narrator of sorts exhorts audience members to use their imaginations to picture the great battles...
  • Aging protagonists in 'Roxie' slowed by dated premise

     Aging protagonists in 'Roxie' slowed by dated premise
    It's so rare for an American film to boast a pair of 60-year-old protagonists, you wish "Roxie" had been much better than the squirm-inducing, aging-white-male fantasy that emerges. With a dated premise that could have been a Jack Lemmon-Walter...
  • 'Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead' breathes life into zombie genre

    'Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead' breathes life into zombie genre
    Has every zombie story been told? Probably. Die-rise-chomp doesn't offer much variation. But there will always be a committed few who approach this popular horror subset with the enthusiasm and insouciance of successful used-car sales folk. Such is...
  • 'Out of the Dark' brilliantly shot, poorly executed

     'Out of the Dark' brilliantly shot, poorly executed
    At almost every juncture in "Out of the Dark," a ghost thriller set in Colombia, something textured and evocative — a poor village, a dark old house, a menacing jungle — is beautifully photographed. Nearly everything else (story, direction,...