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  • 'Mommy' showers audiences with excessive emotion

    'Mommy' showers audiences with excessive emotion
    It's been tempting for admiring film cognoscenti to label 25-year-old French Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan a fully grown talent, given his five features in the last five years. Dolan's character studies revel in excess of feeling, and his new film...
  • 'Goodbye to Language 3D' speaks to a new way of seeing cinema

    'Goodbye to Language 3D' speaks to a new way of seeing cinema
    Disclaimer: Do not let reviews, including this one, discourage you in any way from seeing Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language 3D." Yes, there is an air of forbidding obscurity to it, especially for anyone looking for more conventional storytelling,...
  • 'Manny' takes a lightweight look at Manny Pacquiao's rise

    'Manny' takes a lightweight look at Manny Pacquiao's rise
    The life of wiry, gifted pugilist Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is serious rags-to-the-ring-to-riches fare, a life that's climbed from war-afflicted poverty to sports history — with 10 world championship titles. He's even a congressman in his native...
  • Wine Review: 2013 Cruse Wine Co. Valdiguié 'Rancho Chimiles Vineyard'

    Wine Review: 2013 Cruse Wine Co. Valdiguié 'Rancho Chimiles Vineyard'
    Ever heard of Valdiguié? Watch for it on your next wine trivia test. That's the grape formerly known as Napa Gamay, and it stars in this intriguing bottle from Cruse Wine Co. The vines from Rancho Chimiles Vineyard in Napa Valley are more than 40 years...
  • Review: 'The Humbling'

    Review: 'The Humbling'
    We have forgotten how subtle Al Pacino could be, pre-"Hooah!" Something about his Oscar-winning turn in "Scent of a Woman" unleashed the beast, a performer as big, broad and puffed up as that mountain of hair he keeps teased about his head. So it's a...
  • REVIEW: 'Plastic Revolution' by The New Colony at Den Theatre

     REVIEW: 'Plastic Revolution' by The New Colony at Den Theatre
    Around 1950, a woman named Brownie Wise came to the attention of Earl Tupper, the inventor of a brand of airtight plastic containers designed to keep leftovers fresh. Wise (reportedly to be played by Sandra Bullock in an upcoming movie) told Tupper...
  • 'Song One' doesn't finish the album

    'Song One' doesn't finish the album
    The thing about movies is that they need conflict, and it helps if they go somewhere. The experience of watching something should add more to your life than just reading the premise. “Song One” proves this, to its detriment. Franny (Anne...
  • 'The Boy Next Door' isn't nearly nuts enough

    'The Boy Next Door' isn't nearly nuts enough
    On some level, it didn’t matter how “The Boy Next Door” turned out. The line from the far-too-revealing trailer, in which hunky young Noah (Ryan Guzman) ever-so-slyly tells Kevin (Ian Nelson), “I love your mother’s cookies&...
  • 'Cake' is neither painful nor powerful

    'Cake' is neither painful nor powerful
    Also known as the movie that almost netted the first post-“Friends” Oscar nomination and then didn’t, “Cake” arrives exactly in line with its buzz: This is a good, non-nomination-worthy Jennifer Aniston performance in a...
  • 'Backstrom' a welcome return for 'The Office's' Rainn Wilson

    'Backstrom' a welcome return for 'The Office's' Rainn Wilson
    "Backstrom," which premieres Thursday on Fox, is Rainn Wilson's way back to television, some 16 months after the end of "The Office." It is good to see him, and all in all, good to see him here. In some ways, Wilson hasn't fallen far from the tree where...
  • Chef Kevin Hickey gives a nod to the past at The Duck Inn in Bridgeport

    Chef Kevin Hickey gives a nod to the past at The Duck Inn in Bridgeport
    Downtown-centric nightlife group Rockit Ranch's latest addition is a neighborhood tavern in Bridgeport inspired by chef Kevin Hickey's personal history. Review: The Duck Inn 2701 S. Eleanor St. 312-724-8811 Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start...