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  • Patt Morrison Asks: Inside guy, Buck Henry

    Patt Morrison Asks: Inside guy, Buck Henry
    Buck Henry arguably made his showbiz debut at the age of 2, when his mother, the silent film star Ruth Taylor, took him to the Paramount lot to show him off. She denied then that she wanted him to go into movies. Sorry, Mom. Henry has become a polymath of directing, acting, and for my money, especially writing -- "The Graduate"; "Catch-22"; that fine dark comedy of manners, "To Die For"; TV's "Get Smart," with Mel Brooks; and a generation later, the seminal "Saturday Night Live" -- which he hosted for a then-record-setting 10 times. He beavers away on screenplays, plays and sundry prose; I pestered him into a lunch interview in West Hollywood. It was engagingly packed, with talk of the pleasures of "Hamlet" in German and a Hollywood/not Hollywood commentary on passing paraders, delivered with spare humor as dry as the natron used to stuff mummies. Hey -- isn't there a script in there somewhere?
  • Indecision reigns on Oscar circuit

    Indecision reigns on Oscar circuit
    Uncertainty is in the air as the race of all races heats up to the boiling point. Candidates are not leaving anything to chance, some still running frantically from one public forum to another, trying to reach voters with that personal touch, even as the...

    'Argo' review: Deserves Oscar nominations, not wins

    'Argo' review: Deserves Oscar nominations, not wins
    *** (out of four) It’s not easy to make a reality-based, political, action-comedy that stretches from Tinseltown to Tehran and covers everything from Hollywood satire to public hangings. In his first directorial effort not set in Boston, Ben...

    Ben Affleck's mission accomplished in 'Argo' ★★★ 1/2

    Ben Affleck's mission accomplished in 'Argo' ★★★ 1/2
    The propulsive hostage thriller "Argo," the third feature directed by Ben Affleck, just plain works. It's heartening to encounter a film, based on fact but happy to include all sorts of exciting fictions to amp up the suspense, whose entertainment...

    For film fest, is 'good enough' good enough?

    For film fest, is 'good enough' good enough?
    Is the Chicago International Film Festival good, good enough or not quite that? This is the question. This is the question to be asked of any festival, every perennial cultural mainstay in every city. It's the way to keep us all honest, whatever dog we...