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  • Movie review: 'The Purge: Anarchy'

    "The Purge: Anarchy" is a good deal bloodier, but also — gulp — a good deal better than its predecessor. Make no mistake, a good "Purge" does not equal a good movie, but the post-apocalyptic thriller is slightly more interesting because it...
  • 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' soars amid blazing-hot visuals

    "Planes: Fire & Rescue" sounds more like a category on Craigslist than the name of a new animated film. But what this Disney feature lacks in the title department it makes up for with fluid visuals and fast-moving action of the, yes, firefighting variety....
  • Review: Smoke.Oil.Salt brings back a paella master

    Review: Smoke.Oil.Salt brings back a paella master
    Have you ever tasted real paella? And by "real," I should specify that I mean not the stuff you eat with sangria down by the beach or even the lovely yellow rice with seafood that you have to order a day in advance at Cuban restaurants, but the real...
  • Two independent films set to begin shooting in Chicago

     Two independent films set to begin shooting in Chicago
    Ten years after making it to the finals of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's "Project Greenlight," Chicago filmmaker Duane Edwards has lined up his first feature film project, slated to begin shooting locally this fall. The script, by Frederick Mensch, is...
  • 'Affluenza' tries for 'Great Gatsby,' comes up shortchanged

     'Affluenza' tries for 'Great Gatsby,' comes up shortchanged
    It might be true that the very rich, as F. Scott Fitzgerald put it, "are different from you and me," but movies about their profligate kids tend toward dime-a-dozen sameness. "Affluenza," director Kevin Asch's look at excess in Great Neck, N.Y., abounds...
  • Review: Well-told 'Aftermath' unfolds as yet another apocalypse

     Review: Well-told 'Aftermath' unfolds as yet another apocalypse
    At the start of "Aftermath," a series of nuclear explosions hits across the globe and once again, moviegoers, it's the end of the world as we know it. Though they won't win any prizes for originality, writer Christian McDonald and director Peter...
  • Dreary 'Among Ravens' has little to crow about

    Dreary 'Among Ravens' has little to crow about
    Here's one: An arrogant novelist, a failed marriage and a childlike nature photographer walk into a lakehouse ... and so do a narrating moppet, a pot-smoking life coach and his free-spirited girlfriend. But there are no punch lines to "Among Ravens,"...
  • Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89

    Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including "Elaine Stritch at Liberty" and "Show Boat," who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has died. She was 89. Stritch, an atypical star of stage and screen known...
  • Ghosts soar in William Vollmann's hefty 'Last Stories'

    Ghosts soar in William Vollmann's hefty 'Last Stories'
    It has been a season of giants in the arts. In New York, Jeff Koons' "Split-Rocker," a 37-foot-tall foliage sculpture of a rocking horse made up of 50,000 flowering plants, has given Kara Walker's sphinx, a 35-foot-tall sculpture made of an estimated 40...
  • Review: 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' ★★

    Review: 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' ★&#9733
    "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is roughly twice as good as its predecessor, "Planes," which was so story- and laugh-starved it would have given "direct-to-video" a bad name. Yes, there was nowhere to go but up. The sequel's story is about something —...
  • Concert review: Susanna Malkki conducts the CSO at Ravinia

    Concert review: Susanna Malkki conducts the CSO at Ravinia
    Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki is so greatly gifted that her presence on major podiums around the world proves the utter irrelevance of questions concerning gender. Malkki, who scored an impressive Ravinia debut at the helm of the Chicago Symphony...