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  • Review: 'Actress'

    Review: 'Actress'
    Robert Greene's extraordinary collaboration with actress Brandy Burre is a playful, provocative examination of self-performance. It's an overused line in celebrity journalism that the most challenging role any actor faces in their career is that of him-...
  • Review: 'A La Mala'

    Review: 'A La Mala'
    Maria Laura, the heroine of "A La Mala," is a slinky bombshell of an actress who uses her talents to flirt with other women's beaus to test their loyalty. The acting roles aren't there, but there is no shortage of women who need a professional breaker-...
  • Review: 'Focus'

    Review: 'Focus'
    In August 2016, Will Smith and Margot Robbie will lead the ensemble of the DC Comics adaptation "Suicide Squad," a presumptive superantihero franchise in the making. Meantime, consider the new film "Focus" as a sort of Intro-to-Chemistry test for the same...
  • Review: 'The Lazarus Effect'

    Review: 'The Lazarus Effect'
    "The Lazarus Effect" is what happens when hip, smart actors commit themselves — body and soul — to a horror movie. Mark Duplass, a mainstay of indie cinema's microbudget "mumblecore" movement, and recent convert Olivia Wilde ably play a...
  • Review: 'The Passenger' by Lyric Opera

    Review: 'The Passenger' by Lyric Opera
    Perhaps the most affecting moment among many such moments at the Midwest premiere of composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg's "The Passenger," Tuesday night at Lyric Opera, came after the cast and creative team had taken their bows on stage at the Civic Opera...
  • 'The Business of Disease' is big on propaganda, not facts

    'The Business of Disease' is big on propaganda, not facts
    The healthcare documentary "The Business of Disease" seeks to cast suspicion on Big Pharma, but it proves to be a glorified PowerPoint presentation interspersed with commentary by people of questionable qualifications who aim to incite paranoia with...
  • 'The Widowmaker' says doctors thrive on crisis over health

     'The Widowmaker' says doctors thrive on crisis over health
    Delivering something of a shock to the system, the documentary "The Widowmaker" follows the money in the treatment of heart disease, revealing how the profit factor has adversely affected millions of people. A few dramatic fillips — a model of a...
  • 'The Salvation' a western that gets lost in the genre

    The simplicity of an old-school western with one good loner facing down a relentless outlaw can fool you into thinking these films are easy to make. From classics such as "High Noon" and "Shane" to Sergio Leone's bloody spaghetti westerns, they tend to be...
  • 'My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn' reveals little

    'My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn' reveals little
    The documentary "My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn" tracks the making of Danish filmmaker Refn's 2013 film "Only God Forgives" starring Ryan Gosling. From the six-month shoot in Bangkok to the premiere of "Only God Forgives" at the Cannes Film...
  • Fudged or not, 'Kung Fu Elliot' is amusing take on a big dream

    Fudged or not, 'Kung Fu Elliot' is amusing take on a big dream
    The already murky parameters of contemporary reality filmmaking are further fudged in "Kung Fu Elliot," an entertaining documentary following two years in the life of an idealistic amateur filmmaker intent on becoming Canada's first action hero. With...
  • 'Maps to the Stars' a nightmarish tour of Hollywood narcissism

    In its own disturbing, slithery way, the train-wreck watchable melodrama "Maps to the Stars" is as much a horror show as any that the film's director, David Cronenberg, has helmed over his long and provocative career. This is due, in no small part, to...