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  • 'Annie' is stuck in the middle

    'Annie' is stuck in the middle
    2 stars (out of four) In the 1982 big-screen version of the 1977 Broadway musical “Annie,” the titular orphaned redhead was an annoying little sprite. I get that she’s meant to be a beacon of Depression-era optimism, but at what point...
  • Theater Review: Playful panto at the Playhouse

    Theater Review: Playful panto at the Playhouse
    Take a familiar, happily-ever-after fairy tale, throw in slapstick, topical humor, pop songs, ample buffoonery, audience participation throughout and a guy in a dress and you’ve got “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight,” a dandy...
  • Review: 'The Nutcracker' from Orlando Ballet

     Review: 'The Nutcracker' from Orlando Ballet
    Orlando Ballet's annual production of "The Nutcracker" has moved to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In its new home, it hasn't lost any of the visual qualities that make the production such a treat: eye-catching costumes, a handsome set,...
  • 'The Circle' a richly absorbing docudrama about Swiss gay couple

    'The Circle' a richly absorbing docudrama about Swiss gay couple
    "The Circle," Switzerland's official foreign-language film submission for the Academy Awards, is a richly absorbing historical docudrama revolving around Ernst Ostertag and Robi Rapp, who in 2003 became the first same-sex couple to enjoy legal recognition...
  • DVD Review: Allen film conjures up some 'Magic'

    DVD Review: Allen film conjures up some 'Magic'
    “Magic in the Moonlight” is somewhere between the 43rd and 45th movie Woody Allen has directed (depending on how you count “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” and “New York Stories”) — almost certainly the most of...
  • On 'The Late Late Show,' Craig Ferguson became best host on TV

    On 'The Late Late Show,' Craig Ferguson became best host on TV
    Craig Ferguson, the host for 10 years of CBS' "The Late Late Show," taped his last episode Thursday, a day before it was set to air — by which time, he pointed out, he would already be back in Scotland, where he's from. I almost wrote "back home...
  • Oh, what a struggle is 'Life of an Actress: The Musical'

    Oh, what a struggle is 'Life of an Actress: The Musical'
    You probably can guess not just the premise but the tone from the title of "Life of an Actress: The Musical." It's that obvious and embarrassingly earnest. Based on producer-writer-director-songwriter Paul Chau's 2009 documentary, the musical version...
  • Film Review: Terrific 'King and the Mockingbird' mixes old and new animation

    Film Review: Terrific 'King and the Mockingbird' mixes old and new animation
    Animator Paul Grimault is most famous for his one feature, “The King and the Mockingbird,” arriving in American theaters for the first time this weekend. The film’s reputation is all the more remarkable when you realize that it was...
  • Review: 'Fields of Blood' by Karen Armstrong

    Review: 'Fields of Blood' by Karen Armstrong
    People commit atrocities for a complex range of reasons," writes Karen Armstrong. "Yet so indelible is the aggressive image of religious faith in our secular consciousness that we routinely load the violent sins of the twentieth century onto the back of...
  • Soloist Cynthia Yeh, CSO end year literally with a bang

     Soloist Cynthia Yeh, CSO end year literally with a bang
    While some orchestras offer musical sugarplums at holiday time, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is giving its public a clear choice this year. The 20th and final annual edition of "Welcome Yule!" focuses on popular Christmas fare while the weekend...
  • 'The Barefoot Artist' poignant look at transformative artist Lily Yeh

    'The Barefoot Artist' poignant look at transformative artist Lily Yeh
    "Dreaming doesn't cost anything," contends Lily Yeh, the passionate subject of "The Barefoot Artist," a poignant documentary about the transformative power of art. The strikingly photographed film, co-directed by Glenn Holsten and Yeh's son, Daniel...