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  • 'Siddharth' exposes India's tragic, dark truths

     'Siddharth' exposes India's tragic, dark truths
    Hope is an open wound in "Siddharth," the story of a man's search for his missing son. Taking his inspiration from the firsthand account of a father who was already a year into such a search, writer-director Richie Mehta has made a film of subdued but...
  • For 'Planet of the Apes' ' Matt Reeves, several boyhood connections

    When he was 13, Matt Reeves began directing homemade movies with a friend. The Los Angeles teenagers would collaborate on homages to the 1970s genre cinema all around them, making shorts that for Reeves included such childhood grandiosities as...
  • Summer box office slump

    Summer box office slump
    This week, the movie industry took a look in the mirror and wondered: What's wrong? Am I not pretty? Business over the Fourth of July weekend stumbled nearly 50 percent downward from last year's holiday. Many factors contributed to this. July 4 fell...
  • Nelson Algren Award win caps storybook period for Ben Hoffman

    Nelson Algren Award win caps storybook period for Ben Hoffman
    On a Saturday afternoon that dripped with sticky June heat, author Ben Hoffman and his groomsmen readied for his impending nuptials in the West Loop by basking in his hotel suite's air conditioning and a few moments of tranquility, a respite from the...
  • Tenor master Ari Brown plays homage to John Coltrane

    Tenor master Ari Brown plays homage to John Coltrane
    Chicago tenor saxophone master Ari Brown first heard John Coltrane perform live when Brown was 19 years old, and several times thereafter. He has never forgotten the experience. "It was actually overwhelming," recalls Brown, who will be playing a...
  • Movie stars top 2014 Emmy nominations: TV no longer a vast wasteland

    Movie stars top 2014 Emmy nominations: TV no longer a vast wasteland
    Will the red carpet this August be for the Emmys or the Oscars? It's getting hard to tell. Anyone needing proof that television has usurped much of the movies' cultural relevance need look no further than Thursday's announcement of nominations for the...
  • '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...
  • '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...
  • '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...
  • '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...
  • 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...