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  • 'Happy Valley' has many views of Penn State's Sandusky scandal

    'Happy Valley' has many views of Penn State's Sandusky scandal
    If you think college football is only a game, you might think that "Happy Valley" is no more than a place name that's become attached to the bucolic area around Penn State University. And you would be wrong on all counts. As examined in this thorough,...
  • Review: Kraemer brings stylish verve to CSO's Bach marathon

    Review: Kraemer brings stylish verve to CSO's Bach marathon
    The idea of presenting Bach in bulk is not new but has gained currency in Chicago in recent months. Barely three weeks after the WFMT Bach Organ Project – a 10-concert series devoted to performances of the complete solo organ works of J.S. Bach...
  • 'Delicate Balance' teeters slightly but always fascinates

    The setting for Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance" is "the living room of a large and well-appointed suburban home," and scenic designer Santo Loquasto has conjured the scene so sumptuously at Broadway's Golden Theatre that you can practically hear the...
  • 'All Relative' stretches rom-com framework

    'All Relative' stretches rom-com framework
    What starts off as a light farce takes an atypical turn in "All Relative," an honest if not entirely successful attempt at doing something unexpected within the traditional romantic-comedy framework. Hurting from being dumped by his fiancée, New...
  • Family ties are threatened in the tepid 'Brahmin Bulls'

    Family ties are threatened in the tepid 'Brahmin Bulls'
    When a character's first on-screen act is as heartless as the one in "Brahmin Bulls," it will take a lot to redeem him. The character is a thirtysomething architect dealing badly with career frustration and a dying marriage. The cruel act: dumping a...
  • 'Extraterrestrial' lands with a thud

     'Extraterrestrial' lands with a thud
    A home invasion on your moviegoing sensibilities, the slickly schlocky "Extraterrestrial" takes the well-worn concepts of space-creature marauders and doomed party-hearty cabin weekenders and opts to fling the litany of horror and sci-fi clichés at you in...
  • 'Invisible Front' reveals same fight for freedom 70 years ago

    'Invisible Front' reveals same fight for freedom 70 years ago
    It's impossible not to think of the current conflict in Ukraine watching "The Invisible Front," an absorbing new documentary that delves into the Lithuanian resistance against Soviet aggression and occupation circa 1944. The film's name is drawn from...
  • 'Work Weather Wife' a bargain-basement Bollywood musical

    'Work Weather Wife' a bargain-basement Bollywood musical
    With an opening title that says the film is "based on socioeconomic evolution of Indian community living abroad" and a dedication to victims of honor killing, "Work Weather Wife" promises to expose barbaric traditions. But the disclaimers prove mere red...
  • 'Shadows From My Past' confronts Austria's role in the Holocaust

    'Shadows From My Past' confronts Austria's role in the Holocaust
    Gita Weinrauch Kaufman, co-director of the documentary "Shadows From My Past," looks directly into the camera as she reads her own words and those of long-dead relatives. That straightforward gaze is essential to the impact of a film that honors memory...
  • To 'Reach Me,' sift through the jumble

    To 'Reach Me,' sift through the jumble
    To not know where a movie is headed can be a good thing in this age of rampant predictability. But if that feeling stems from a sense that the movie has no clue what it is, you're in trouble. Writer-director John Herzfeld's "Reach Me" — about...
  • 'National Gallery' a portrait of humanity on canvas and on-screen

    'National Gallery' a portrait of humanity on canvas and on-screen
    It is such a gift that Frederick Wiseman, who is edging toward 85, continues to let his curiosity and his craft fill his days and our theaters. In his new film, "National Gallery," the legendary documentarian takes on London's famed museum in the same...