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  • Farmworkers ill served by 'Food Chains'

     Farmworkers ill served by 'Food Chains'
    Using Florida farmworkers' six-day hunger strike as its jumping-off point, the advocacy documentary "Food Chains" launches its case for how supermarkets, fast-food restaurants and other food services indirectly exploit laborers. The members of the...
  • 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1' is just a place-holder

    Director Peter Jackson was in the room with New Line Cinema founder Bob Shaye back in 1998, or so the story goes, pitching him on making J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy into a pair of films, when Shaye stopped him with a question: "Why...
  • D.C. Theater Review: 'Little Dancer'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Perhaps it will go down as a fortuitous showbiz coincidence that "Little Dancer Aged 14," the iconic sculpture by Edgar Degas, inspired three musical-theater stalwarts to join hands -- director Susan Stroman and the...
  • 'Food Chains' is a great activist doc

    'Food Chains' is a great activist doc
    ***1/2 (out of four) Numbers can be misleading, but not in the case of the Florida tomato pickers documented in the startling “Food Chains.” They work long days, full-time. They lift about 4,000 pounds of tomatoes per day. For this, their...
  • Right subject, inappropriate approach in 'America the Beautiful 3'

    Right subject, inappropriate approach in 'America the Beautiful 3'
    * (out of four) Early in “America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth,” Chicago documentarian Darryl Roberts notes how perceptions of sex have evolved. He then shows a clip from the Monica Lewinsky era. “If one of my heroes,...
  • '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,...
  • Stage Review: Holiday fare has a family focus

    Stage Review: Holiday fare has a family focus
    Fate, in the persons of one recently departed Jewish grandmother and a loopy delivery man, brings two lonely people together on Christmas Eve in the West Coast premiere of “Handle With Care,” a romantic comedy by Jason Odell Williams at the...
  • Review: Chicago Jazz Philharmonic at Auditorium Theatre

    Review: Chicago Jazz Philharmonic at Auditorium Theatre
    Any musical organization that survives 10 years in these times deserves to celebrate, but no one could have been fully prepared for what happened Friday night at the Auditorium Theatre. For three hours, minus a brief intermission, the Chicago Jazz...
  • 'Hunger Games' soundtrack leaves listeners sated

    'Hunger Games' soundtrack leaves listeners sated
    Recorded as if in a humid forest just after midnight, the soundtrack to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" is an immersive experience, one overwrought enough to darken candlelit teenage bedrooms but deep enough to reward more advanced exploration....
  • 'Force Majeure' depicts a bumpy vacation

    'Force Majeure' depicts a bumpy vacation
    *** (out of four) In a sudden emergency, not everyone reacts the way they’d hope. This is very much the case for Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke), who during a family ski vacation in the French Alps sprints from his wife (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and two kids as...
  • 'Foxcatcher' has some of the right moves

    'Foxcatcher' has some of the right moves
    *** (out of four) “Foxcatcher” opens with Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) practicing wrestling with nobody but a dummy. He’s an Olympic gold medalist, but his lifestyle isn’t glamorous. When he’s not training, he plays video...