| Aug 16, 2012
***1/2 (out of four)
Eleven-year-old Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) did not ask for the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Why would he? This young horror film fan surely would have seen “The Sixth Sense” and known that Haley...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 6:29 PM
"The Bourne Legacy" (PG-13). The actions of Jason Bourne have consequences for another man with a similar secret background. With Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Albert Finney. TownMall Cinemas (1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 11:14 AM
For its 2013 movie awards, MTV has added two new categories to help measure true excellence in filmmaking: Best Shirtless Performance and Best Musical Moment.
What do you expect from an awards ceremony that honors Best Kiss, Best WTF Moment and Best...
| Jan 14, 2013
Yes, Common has played a criminal before. But “Luv,” which offers the South Side native his largest big-screen leading role to date, isn’t exactly “Smokin’ Aces” or “Street Kings.”
In the Baltimore-set...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:59 PM
It was a notable year for Chicago's film and TV industry, both for projects that came — and those that didn't. First, the good news. The city was home to four television series in 2012. That is an unprecedented number.
TV, however, is a fickle...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 7:03 AM
Writer-director David Ayer knows how to do a gritty police drama, as he proved with his "Training Day" script, and he shows it again with this effective tale that draws one of Jake Gyllenhaal's standout performances to date.
That actor and Michael...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 2:14 PM
Two new movies are out about growing up and finding acceptance — a broad comedy ("Pitch Perfect") and moving drama ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower").
"Pitch Perfect" mixes gleeful musical numbers with raunchy campus antics. Freshman Becca (Anna...
| Oct 7, 2012
| 1:58 PM
"Finding Nemo" (G). Re-release of the animated Disney film in which a fish searches the ocean blue to find his missing son. With Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres and Alexander Gould. TownMall Cinemas (11:50* a.m.)
"Frankenweenie" (PG). In this...
| Oct 13, 2012
| 8:41 PM
"Argo" (R). In 1979, after Iranian revolutionaries storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans trapped. With Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin. TownMall Cinemas (1:00,...
| Oct 24, 2012
| 10:14 AM
The young title character in this stop-motion animation fantasy (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) shares a trait with Haley Joel Osment's alter ego in "The Sixth Sense," summed up by the sentence, "I see dead people."
While that can mean comforting reunions,...
| Sep 4, 2011
All's Faire in Love
A college football star has to make up for his many absences by working at a Renaissance fair, where he falls for an aspiring actress. With Christina Ricci, Owen Benjamin, Cedric the Entertainer and Matthew Lillard. Written...