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  • Inexplicable behavior somehow never trips up 'Bound to Vengeance'

    Inexplicable behavior somehow never trips up 'Bound to Vengeance'
    Much like the protagonist in "Oldboy," twentysomething Eve (Tina Ivlev) escapes an abductor, Phil (Richard Tyson), at the beginning of "Bound to Vengeance." But immediately upon realizing she's stranded in the middle of nowhere, she returns to the...
  • Superb 'Moby Dick' goes hunting for inner demons

    Superb 'Moby Dick' goes hunting for inner demons
    "Be gone, Starbuck," shouts Christopher Donahue's Captain Ahab in the Lookingglass Theatre's fabulous new three-act theatricalization of "Moby Dick," echoing the feelings of many an owner of a neighborhood coffeehouse. For Starbuck, parsed with...
  • 'Manglehorn' review: Pacino as lonely locksmith

     'Manglehorn' review: Pacino as lonely locksmith
    Al Pacino follows up his recent, nicely tuned turn in "Danny Collins" with another sensitively rooted performance, playing a lonely locksmith with a tamper-proof heart in director David Gordon Green's "Manglehorn." In the tenderly observed character...
  • Grant Park Symphony shows off an English masterpiece

    Grant Park Symphony shows off an English masterpiece
    The affection Americans have for English literature and theater rarely has carried over to English painting and music. This is difficult to understand insofar as these arts often share in the national world view of a given moment, but no matter....
  • Movie review: 'Ted 2' is profane, obnoxious � and hilarious

    Prude alert! "Ted 2" is profane, socially incorrect, pro-pot, irreverent, deliberately obnoxious and packed to the end credits with decadent jokes that are not legally quotable in most states. It mocks sacred cows like Robin Williams, 9/11 and Charlie...
  • Movie review: 'Inside Out': Outstanding new Pixar film will dazzle and delight kids of all ages

    Movie review: 'Inside Out': Outstanding new Pixar film will dazzle and delight kids of all ages
    Parents need to know that “Inside Out” is an outstandingly original, heartfelt story from Pixar about growing up and learning to handle your biggest emotions. Told primarily from the perspective of the feelings inside 11-year-old Riley’s...
  • Trouble erupts as men and machines spar in 'Mr. Robot' and 'Humans'

    Trouble erupts as men and machines spar in 'Mr. Robot' and 'Humans'
    Man rails against machine in two new and very promising techno-paranoia tales. USA's "Mr. Robot," which premieres Wednesday, examines the fear of digital domination: Can evil corporations be broken by the same systems that grant them world domination?...
  • With 'California: The Tempest,' Cornerstone makes homespun magic

    After a year on the road, taking its production of "California: The Tempest" from Eureka to Pacoima, Cornerstone Theater Company returned last weekend to downtown Los Angeles, where the tour began, to present the final performances in Grand Park. This...
  • A bubbly mix of Balanchine, Astaire from American Contemporary Ballet

     A bubbly mix of Balanchine, Astaire from American Contemporary Ballet
    Ballet isn't often served with a side of champagne truffles, but Los Angeles-based American Contemporary Ballet invited audiences to enjoy confections, literal and figurative, at weekend performances of George Balanchine's "Valse-Fantaisie" and Fred...
  • 'Flamenco Passion' showcases Spain's love-filled artform

    'Flamenco Passion' showcases Spain's love-filled artform
    Dame Libby Komaiko, who founded Ensemble Espanol at Northeastern Illinois University in 1975, must be proud of the house that love built. Her own profession of love — "Tiempos de Goya" (1990), devoted to the history and culture of Spain —...
  • Robert Glasper returns to his roots in new album 'Covered'

    When keyboardist Robert Glasper released the full-length debut from his project the Experiment in 2012, you could hear the jazz marketplace shifting. Freely drawing from hip-hop and R&B, "Black Radio" — along with its sequel "Black Radio 2" —...