| May 23, 2012
Check back in a few weeks for my full Q&A with Aubrey Plaza about her first starring role--in the funny, surprisingly romantic "Safety Not Guaranteed," opening June 15. For now, here's a sneak preview from today's phone interview, when I asked about the...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 12:58 PM
A big-screen variation on "Glee" in some ways, this frequently musical comedy from filmmaker Whit Stillman ("Metropolitan") centers on several female college students who decide to enliven the lives of their peers in a unique way.
It often entails big...
| Aug 31, 2012
One of the first things you notice during the opening credits of "Sleepwalk with Me" is a producing acknowledgment that reads simply: "In association with WBEZ Chicago's This American Life."
Chicago's largest public radio station is in the movie...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 12:57 PM
A pack of Central Park Zoo animals could tromp on the king of science fiction at the box office this weekend.
The animated 3-D family film "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" is expected to debut with about $55 million, according to those who have...
| Jun 11, 2012
Name five actresses you assume participated in sports and other activities in high school, including being president of the student council. Aubrey Plaza’s not on that list, is she?
Despite the 27-year-old’s remarkably convincing, deadpan...
| Jun 10, 2012
| 1:00 PM
At the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the quirky time travel dramedy "Safety Not Guaranteed" debuted to an enthusiastic audience. The film got a more muted response in theaters five months later, as it opened this weekend with a good-but-not-...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 10:48 PM
Safety might not be guaranteed, but a good time is, if you catch this indie sci-fi comedy.
I’m not the biggest fan of Aubrey Plaza and the snarky characters she always plays. Perhaps I feel that way because I hated the movie Damsels in Distress,...
| Sep 20, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
Talk about people with a past coming together.
The perfectly OK high school reunion drama “10 Years” contains countless onscreen reunions: Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum (“Step Up”). Tatum...
| Sep 20, 2012
The largely engaging class-reunion dramedy "10 Years" allows audiences to pretend they went to high school with the likes of Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie and Kate Mara. But at some point, they are also going to have to...
| Apr 29, 2012
A team of superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor unite to save the world. With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth. Written and directed by Joss Whedon. In Imax 3-D. Walt Disney...
| Feb 14, 2013
Zero stars (out of four)
I don’t know when or how “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” came about, but here’s the phone conversation that may as well have taken place between star Charlie Sheen and writer/director Roman...