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  • 'Tangerines' a somber parable about war and humanity

    'Tangerines' a somber parable about war and humanity
    The selection of the Estonian film "Tangerines" as one of the five foreign language Oscar nominees for 2014 came as something of a surprise, but now that the movie is in theaters it's easy to see why the academy judges responded so strongly. A somber...
  • 'Adult Beginners' comically eases into family life's darker side

    'Adult Beginners' comically eases into family life's darker side
    "Adult Beginners," starring Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll and Bobby Cannavale, is the kind of comedy that goes down easy even as it looks at the hard stuff. In this case, director Ross Katz is concerned with life's stress fractures and the difficulties of...
  • 'Bass Clef Bliss' doesn't focus enough on inspiring subject

    Terrence Patridge, subject of the documentary "Bass Clef Bliss," is like many on the autism spectrum, someone who overcame an often-debilitating adaptability disorder to find a window to the world through his love of music. A trombone specialist with...
  • 'Felix and Meira' finds small freedom in a repressive landscape

    'Felix and Meira' finds small freedom in a repressive landscape
    Co-writer and director Maxime Giroux's "Felix and Meira" is an unusual love story that, though shrouded in chill and shadow, has moments of true loveliness. Meira (Hadas Yaron) is a repressed Hasidic wife in Montreal who strains against the...
  • 'The Age of Adaline' a stylish affair of the heart and chance

    'The Age of Adaline' a stylish affair of the heart and chance
    "The Age of Adaline," starring a grown-up "Gossip Girl" Blake Lively and Michiel Huisman, one of "Game of Thrones'" resident heartthrobs, is a sweeping romance beautifully wrapped in classy couture and slightly suspect in the way it uses metaphysics to...
  • 'Helicopter Mom' just barges into the room

    Get past the wince-inducing premise of "Helicopter Mom," in which an overbearing mother outs her sexually undeclared son as gay so that he qualifies for a college scholarship, and you're still stuck with a forced comedy that mines uneasy humor from...
  • Documentary 'Revolution' gets somewhat lost at sea

     Documentary 'Revolution' gets somewhat lost at sea
    "Revolution," filmmaker and marine biologist Rob Stewart's follow-up to his myth-busting 2007 documentary, "Sharkwater," starts off with Stewart lost in the middle of the Pacific, swimming against the heavy currents at Darwin Island in the Galapagos....
  • Review: 'Welcome to New York'

    Review: 'Welcome to New York'
    Naked, or wearing boxer shorts that make his belly look like an expansive ode to high and low living, Gerard Depardieu resembles King Ubu, the gutter royal of the late 19th Century French stage in "Welcome to New York." Now at the Gene Siskel Film...
  • The art of tear production is a subtle one

    The art of tear production is a subtle one
    At the movies, we cry for so many different reasons. The other night I cried at the quality of the buttered popcorn at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema: so tasty, so right. The night afterward I cried driving into the parking ramp of the ICON Theatre on...
  • 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...
  • French film festival COLCOA, seeing the small picture, adds TV fare

    French film festival COLCOA, seeing the small picture, adds TV fare
    Since its creation in 1996 by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, the French film festival COLCOA has cultivated a loyal following. "Every year we have people coming from all parts of the country," said Francois Truffart, executive producer and...