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  • 'The Expendables 3' has more bones, less muscle

    'The Expendables 3' has more bones, less muscle
    ** (out of four) Why aren’t the “Expendables” movies being released directly to gyms? They’re testosterone-fueled time-passers requiring only a vague interest in seeing countless enemies shot and buildings/trucks/helicopters...
  • 'Visionary Man' at Hudson Mainstage turns into a long sermon

    'Visionary Man' at Hudson Mainstage turns into a long sermon
    J.B. Murray, the outsider artist and subject of the musical hagiography “Visionary Man” at the Hudson Mainstage, was an illiterate Georgia farmer who at age 70, after receiving a message from the Holy Spirit, began painting pictures of...
  • 'Dinosaur 13' richly details how huge find devolved into grief

     'Dinosaur 13' richly details how huge find devolved into grief
    The fate of some very old bones may not sound like compelling cinema, but when they compose the 65-million-year-old skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex that was 41 feet long and 18 feet high back in the day, all bets are off. "Dinosaur 13," the story of a...
  • 'Coldwater' fails to tap into drama of youth reform centers

    'Coldwater' fails to tap into drama of youth reform centers
    There's a compelling, perhaps important thriller to be made about dark doings at for-profit juvenile detention camps, but "Coldwater" misses the mark. The abuses and injustices on display at the film's remote outpost known as Coldwater are said to be...
  • 'After' could have used a lot more work before

    'After' could have used a lot more work before
    "After" catalogs so many clichés in the dysfunctional family at its center that the film could be taught in a screenwriting class as a lesson in what not to do. There’s the oppressive, disapproving dad, Mitch (John Doman). The in-denial, potential...
  • Review: An imperfect premiere from Bolcom at Grant Park

    Review: An imperfect premiere from Bolcom at Grant Park
    The final pair of concerts of the Grant Park Music Festival's 80th season this weekend features a world premiere of a commission from this year's composer in residence that could not have been what anybody expected. It's in the category of Concerto...
  • Richard House's 'The Kills' challenges what a thriller can be

    Richard House's 'The Kills' challenges what a thriller can be
    Released last year in England and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Richard House's "The Kills" is a sprawling, 1,000-page epic that forgoes the formulaic machinations of the lowbrow thriller and aspires to high art. "The Kills" is divided into...
  • Review: Hamilton's Kitchen in Winter Park

    Review: Hamilton's Kitchen in Winter Park
    I rarely review a restaurant twice within a year of its opening. But I sometimes make an exception when a new chef takes the helm at a prominent location. Hamilton's Kitchen opened in 2013 at Winter Park's Alfond Inn. In May the boutique hotel...
  • REVIEW: Aloft Circus Arts 'Dinner of Our Discontent' ★★½

     REVIEW: Aloft Circus Arts 'Dinner of Our Discontent' ★★½
    "Discontented" doesn't begin to describe the fraught relationships and violent discord of the family in Aloft Circus Arts' restaging of a 2008 show. Despite — or perhaps because of — being tailored to the talents of its entirely new cast, this...
  • Concert review: Tony Bennett at Ravinia

    Concert review: Tony Bennett at Ravinia
    Why does Tony Bennett sound so young – yes, young – at 88? Because he never gets too comfortable in the way he sings a song. He plays with rhythm, toys with lyrics, throws out old melody notes and tosses in new ones. He surprises us and,...
  • REVIEW: 'Reefer Madness' at the Mayne Stage ★★

    REVIEW: 'Reefer Madness' at the Mayne Stage ★★
    The time is ripe, you'd think, for a revival of "Reefer Madness," the silly musical spoof of the 1936 exploitation-morality movie that spun the yarn that Mary Jane was lying in wait for all the clean-cut young people of America, ready to turn each and...