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  • Local "Skirt" Tale Left Out Of "Titanic"

    They called him ``Skirts'' behind his back and he had to build a high fence around his Kensington home to ward off curiosity seekers.     The local legend of William T. Sloper has prompted unabashed giggles and piqued the curiosity of area residents ever...
  • How my media diet is killing me

    How my media diet is killing me
    The first step in addressing a problem is recognizing there is a problem, and because I recognized I had a problem I went to see Sue Becker. I drove out to her home in Downers Grove and she met me at the front door. She was polite and formal and...
  • A lifetime love affair with Golden Age movie posters

    A lifetime love affair with Golden Age movie posters
    Think of them as snapshots of dreams, intense jolts of visual stimulation that convey the focused essence of a cinematic experience. I'm talking about movie posters, and I am almost as passionate about this art form as I am about film itself, which is...
  • 'Storied Streets' a family project, with Susan Sarandon guiding the way

    'Storied Streets' a family project, with Susan Sarandon guiding the way
    Just a few weeks after college graduation, Jack Henry Robbins accepted the invitation of a homeless man and rode a city bus with him from Santa Monica to skid row. It was the first stop on Robbins' nine-city cross-country tour as director of "Storied...
  • For Russell Crowe, directing 'Water Diviner' is risky; reward is 'freedom'

    For Russell Crowe, directing 'Water Diviner' is risky; reward is 'freedom'
    A movie star whose films have taken in nearly $4 billion globally at the box office can travel around any way they please — limousine, private helicopter, jewel-encrusted rickshaw — but Russell Crowe gets a special charge out of pedaling...
  • Cannes film festival slate offers occasion for parsing

    Cannes film festival slate offers occasion for parsing
    Whether you call it "the Olympics of cinema" (for more bloodsporting types) or "the world's most prestigious movie gathering" (for the more genteel among us), the Cannes Film Festival is the most scrutinized of cinema confabs. Long before the films...
  • With critic-driven film festivals in spotlight, let's pause to focus on big picture

    With critic-driven film festivals in spotlight, let's pause to focus on big picture
    Should film critics run their own film festivals? I'm conflicted on this one. The practicalities feel a little gummy, a little sticky, but many say the results are worth it. It's the right time to ask the question, whichever side of the rapidly...
  • 'Song From the Forest' stirringly bridges seemingly incongruent worlds

    'Song From the Forest' stirringly bridges seemingly incongruent worlds
    Captivated by the songs of the Bayaka pygmies, New Jersey-born ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno followed the exotic melodies to their Congo River basin source more than two decades ago and ended up canceling his return ticket. But Sarno's new life among...
  • 'Dior and I' a stitch-in-time peek at haute couture creation

    They don't call it haute couture for nothing. As the involving new documentary "Dior and I" demonstrates, the "high" in high fashion indicates the complete and total seriousness, the almost religious fervor, with which the creators of serious fashion go...
  • 'The Squeeze' golf-and-gambling caper tees off into a sand trap

    'The Squeeze' golf-and-gambling caper tees off into a sand trap
    The modest golf-and-gambling caper "The Squeeze" tees itself up for B-movie pleasures, only to replace charm with cookie-cutter. Writer-director Terry Jastrow introduces his small-town hero Augie (Jeremy Sumpter) — a young Southern golf prodigy...
  • 'Child 44' a passable thriller set in 1953 USSR

    'Child 44' a passable thriller set in 1953 USSR
    "Child 44" is involving despite itself. At times awkward and self-conscious, this despairing police tale starring Tom Hardy and set in the USSR during the last days of dictator Josef Stalin manages to muster enough punch to hold our interest. As readers...