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  • The TV we deserve? 'True Detective' season 2 and the age of microcriticism

    "My strong suspicion is … we get the world we deserve." This line from the second season of "True Detective" got a lot of play in the many pieces written in anticipation of its debut, and here's hoping it won't turn out to be self-referential....
  • 'The Overnight' gives a comical twist to 'play date'

    'The Overnight' gives a comical twist to 'play date'
    "The Overnight" is a kind of latter-day "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," but with a bit more envelope-pushing. Yet like that hit 1969 comedy, this engaging, funny and frank new film also proves something of a cop-out, especially given the bullet train of a...
  • '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 —...
  • Review: Mumford & Sons at Montrose Beach, at last

    Review: Mumford & Sons at Montrose Beach, at last
    Streaks of pink still lingered in the darkening sky as the lights of downtown skyscrapers gleamed in the distance and a sweet fiddle solo wafted through the air. It was a lovely and hard-won moment for Mumford & Sons as the band played for tens of...
  • A tepid premiere on a chilly night at Millennium Park

     A tepid premiere on a chilly night at Millennium Park
    Presenting just about any piece of symphonic music outdoors at Millennium Park, where concerts are thrown to the mercy of Chicago's capricious weather gods, can pose a formidable challenge for the Grant Park Orchestra. It's particularly true when that...
  • Review: Riffing on 'Native Son' in troubled times

    Review: Riffing on 'Native Son' in troubled times
    Two nights after nine black men and women were massacred in a church in Charleston, S.C., a leading Chicago jazz musician took on a landmark novel that unflinchingly confronted racism in America: Richard Wright's "Native Son." Even if drummer-composer...
  • Pixar's 'Inside Out' magically brings emotions to life

    Pixar's 'Inside Out' magically brings emotions to life
    Pixar stands alone, and "Inside Out" shows you why. At once sophisticated and simple, made with visual magic and emotional sensitivity, casually probing deeper questions about what matters in life, "Inside Out" typifies the best of that cartoon...
  • Stage Review: A playwright runs from his past

    Stage Review: A playwright runs from his past
    Playwright Charlie is in the first stable relationship of his life with beautiful, loving Shelly. What could possibly go wrong? How about three gorgeous ex-girlfriends — with agendas — who show up while Shelly is out of town? In his new...
  • 'I Believe in Unicorns' is a fanciful teenage romance

    'I Believe in Unicorns' is a fanciful teenage romance
    A coming-of-age story about learning about love the hard way, "I Believe in Unicorns" feels like a teen movie made for an adult audience. It reminisces on a kind of loss of innocence not really seen since the advent of the Internet. Indeed, our budding...
  • 'Charlie, Trevor and a Girl Savannah' a messy head trip

    'Charlie, Trevor and a Girl Savannah' a messy head trip
    "The challenge is you need to identify and separate the layers of your reality, your imagination, your dream state and this nightmare," psychotherapist McMillian (Eric Roberts) advises Trevor Jacobs (Toby Hemingway), whose messy, indecipherable head trips...
  • Lofty ambitions of 'Chagall-Malevich' mired in shallow, broad strokes

     Lofty ambitions of 'Chagall-Malevich' mired in shallow, broad strokes
    Alexander Mitta's big and bold "Chagall-Malevich" is a fictionalized portrait of the creative and political lives of a pair of dramatically different artists, a colorful study in contrast with a prominent weakness for broad strokes. Set primarily...