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  • Concert review: Chuchito Valdes at Jazz Showcase

    Concert review: Chuchito Valdes at Jazz Showcase
    Cuban pianist Chuchito Valdes has performed often in Chicago through the years, but his opening set Thursday night at the Jazz Showcase stood far apart from his previous work. In past performances, Valdes has turned in thoroughly extroverted, often...
  • An inspiring and insightful 'Underwater Dreams'

     An inspiring and insightful 'Underwater Dreams'
    With the debate over America's unresolved immigration policies at fever pitch these days, the inspiring documentary "Underwater Dreams" makes for quite the timely entry. Writer-producer-director Mary Mazzio neatly recounts how a group of Mexican-born...
  • 'Boyhood' a startling, intimate portrait of a child growing up

    There is a telling scene deep inside "Boyhood" that gets at the essential core of the emotional appeal of Richard Linklater's startling new film. It takes place in a rural church with a pastor sermonizing about doubting Thomas and faith and those who...
  • Syfy's 'Almighty Johnsons' an amiable take on Norse gods

     Syfy's 'Almighty Johnsons' an amiable take on Norse gods
    In the fullness of time, in the country of New Zealand, it occurred to James Griffin and Rachel Lang that what their country needed was a television series in which four brothers and their cousin, who is really their grandfather, were the human...
  • '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...
  • Millennium Park elevates Jazz Fest, but not enough

    Millennium Park elevates Jazz Fest, but not enough
    For years — long before Millennium Park was created — readers wrote to me complaining about the Chicago Jazz Festival's dismal acoustics and environment in Grant Park. And for years, city government (which produces the festival) and the...
  • 'Orange Is the New Black' Emmy nods a win for women

    'Orange Is the New Black' Emmy nods a win for women
    In this year's Emmy race, "Orange Is the New Black" embodies the most important change in television in recent years. No, not Netflix. Women. "Orange," with multiple-nominee "House of Cards," does give Netflix an Atlas-like stance over the...
  • '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...
  • Emmys 2014: Aw jeez, 'Fargo' snags 18 nominations, sets FX record

     Emmys 2014: Aw jeez, 'Fargo' snags 18 nominations, sets FX record
    The name "Fargo" obviously brings good fortune. The quirky 1996 Coen brothers movie was nominated for best picture and picked up two Oscars for actress Frances McDormand and writing. Now FX's acclaimed 10-part miniseries "Fargo" — which has no...
  • HBO's 'Silicon Valley' has start-up luck with Emmy nominations

    It's not easy for a new series to attract‎ attention in the tried-and-true world of Emmy voters. But like one of the upstart wunderkinds it skewers, HBO's "Silicon Valley" walked away with television's equivalent of a successful IPO on Thursday...
  • With this much great TV, snubs are to be expected

    With this much great TV, snubs are to be expected
    The wails began before dawn Thursday, minutes after the Emmy nominations were announced. Left out of all the fun were some of the most acclaimed shows on television, including "The Good Wife" and actors like Michael Sheen ("Masters of Sex") and rising...