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  • 'Big Brother' Rises, Tops Thursday; OK Start for 'Welcome to Sweden'

    CBS reality veteran "Big Brother" bounced back from its low of last week to rule Thursday night's ratings race, while other shows joined it in improving upon their scores from the pre-holiday night. It was an OK start, meanwhile, for NBC comedy "Welcome...
  • Film Review: Supertrain action flick derails in third act

    Film Review: Supertrain action flick derails in third act
    Of the three Korean directors to have achieved international fame in the past decade, two made their English language debuts last year — Kim Jee-woon with the utterly pedestrian Schwarzenegger vehicle "The Last Stand," and Park Chan-wook with the...
  • Film Review: Layers of meaning line 'Venus in Fur'

    Film Review: Layers of meaning line 'Venus in Fur'
    Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives's play "Venus in Fur" — itself a sort of meta-adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 1870 short novella (whose title is usually translated as "Venus in Furs") — is, among other things, a...
  • Review: 2012 Domaine Louis Michel & Fils Chablis 'Premier Cru ForÍts'

    Review: 2012 Domaine Louis Michel & Fils Chablis 'Premier Cru Forêts'
    There's nothing like a Chablis. In this northern reach of Burgundy, Chardonnay takes on an entirely different character. A good example, such as this premier cru "ForÍts" from Domaine Louis Michel, is characteristically lean and chiseled yet has a...
  • A grave new world awaits in Edan Lepucki's 'California'

    A grave new world awaits in Edan Lepucki's 'California'
    In Edan Lepucki's debut novel, "California," young married couple Frida and Cal must navigate a post-apocalyptic landscape in a broken-down near-future. Lepucki focuses on the complexities of basic human emotions, testing allegiances and letting secrets...
  • Review: 'California' by Edan Lepucki

    Review: 'California' by Edan Lepucki
    Much drama has befallen California this year. And not only in real life — that endless drought — but in fiction, as authors have made the Golden State the site of several ambitious works. At the far edge of the continent, it's a good place for...
  • 'Whitey' documentary indicts more than just James J. Bulger

    'Whitey' documentary indicts more than just James J. Bulger
    The bad guy in "Whitey: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger" is ostensibly Bulger. But Joe Berlinger's densely detailed new documentary about the legendary Boston mobster is disturbing on so many levels it's hard not to wonder why Bulger was...
  • 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' a fun, true underdog tale

    'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' a fun, true underdog tale
    The Portland Mavericks, an independent minor league baseball team that played for five seasons in the 1970s, didn't run with the pack. Owner Bing Russell, a Hollywood B-actor and lifelong baseball devotee, stocked the team's roster through a tryout ad...
  • Review: Masada

    Review: Masada
    Review: Masada 2206 N. California Ave. 773-697-8397 Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up They say good things come to those wait. If that's true, then Shadi Ramli, owner of new Middle Eastern restaurant Masada in Logan Square--which took 10 years to...
  • Elvis Mitchell Replaces David Ansen as Film Independent Curator

    David Ansen has stepped down as artistic director of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Elvis Mitchell will assume his role in the newly created post of Film Independent Curator. Mitchell will be responsible for programming the festival, which recently...
  • 'Land Ho!' embarks on two men's adventures in Iceland

    Calling something a feel-good film always feels like a pejorative, so let's just say that after seeing "Land Ho!" you are very likely to feel a good deal better. This rather unassuming film is a bit like an amiable Iceland travelogue with plentiful...