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  • 'Plato's Reality Machine' spins unsatisfying vignettes

    'Plato's Reality Machine' spins unsatisfying vignettes
    Of the interconnected characters and intersecting stories that form "Plato's Reality Machine," the most captivating actually involve a role-playing video game being piloted by the protagonist, Charles (Doug Roland), as his alter ego tries to shoot his way...
  • With EDM now mainstream, Hollywood club Sound finds niche underground

    With EDM now mainstream, Hollywood club Sound finds niche underground
    Kobi Danan, owner of the nightclub Sound in Hollywood, has a talent for throwing dance music shows in potentially difficult environments. In 1998, when he was an aspiring concert promoter in Jerusalem, he once booked the Iranian American house duo...
  • In 'Amira & Sam,' Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi add charm

    In 'Amira & Sam,' Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi add charm
    For his first feature, writer-director Sean Mullin throws a potentially unwieldy mix of story elements into the rom-com blender: post-military life, immigration, free-market capitalism and showbiz dreams. That "Amira & Sam" manages to be engaging and...
  • Oscar short-film nominees marked by variety in subject and quality

    Oscar short-film nominees marked by variety in subject and quality
    As in previous years, the variety of the Oscar-nominated short films — animation, live action and documentary, presented in theaters as separate programs — keeps each collection interesting, even when the quality varies. A rundown of the...
  • 'Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast' a fun adventure

    'Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast' a fun adventure
    The appearance of a strange green comet upsets the inhabitants of Pixie Hollow in "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast," the latest installment in Disney's popular franchise centered on the "Peter Pan" character and her magical friends. The...
  • Vegas-set 'Wild Card' draws an, oh, so predictable hand

    Vegas-set 'Wild Card' draws an, oh, so predictable hand
    Do you know what happens when you push a bone-breaking jujitsu expert to the, well, breaking point? Action, baby, action, and the bodies they do pile up like presents under the tree in the new action movie "Wild Card." Jason Statham stars as Nick Wild,...
  • Second coming of 'Iceman' and Brian Dennehy is ready

    Second coming of 'Iceman' and Brian Dennehy is ready
    To interview actor Brian Dennehy in Chicago is to be told that Chicago is a great town, to be regaled with memories of O'Rourke's tavern, the hedonistic pleasures of Gibson's Steakhouse, the sticky blues at Kingston Mines. This time there is a variation...
  • 'Fortitude' features polar bears and cold-blooded murder

    Sometimes a polar bear is just a polar bear, especially when it appears in a nature or reality series. The scripted version, on the other hand, is almost always a metaphor, the symbol of opposing forces (cuddly looks, predatory nature) or mystical...
  • One witty animated short rides ahead of the Oscar pack

    One witty animated short rides ahead of the Oscar pack
    I have no idea which of this year's five nominated animated short films will win an Academy Award on Feb. 22. But if I ran the zoo, the prize would go to "Me and My Moulton," 14 minutes of sheer pleasure from writer-director Torill Kove. The "Oscar-...
  • 5 academy contenders span not only globe, but also styles

    5 academy contenders span not only globe, but also styles
    As an oddly shaped, highly stimulating gang of five, this year's Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action slate comprises a couple of hours of cinema more worthwhile than 90 percent of what's out there at the moment. Therefore you should see the program...
  • Another Swanberg makes her mark in film

    Another Swanberg makes her mark in film
    You may note this column does not begin with a Park City, Utah, dateline. While the annual Sundance Film Festival wraps this weekend in Park City, I am here in Chicago, and it's a peculiar thing watching the latest film by a Chicago writer-director here,...