| Aug 5, 2011
| 11:27 AM
Fox's Animation Domination line-up of Sunday comedies will be dominated by guest stars this fall, the network announced Friday. That's nothing new, but there are a few surprises among the people lending their voices to "The Simpsons," "Family Guy," The...
| 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...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 10:00 PM
*** (out of four)
A raunchy comedy about cancer? What's next, a musical about abandoned puppies?
Actually, “50/50” may be a daring set-up for a movie, but it's very funny, sometimes moving and inspired by real life. Screenwriter Will...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 8:49 AM
The odds given a cancer patient in "50/50" also reflect the balance struck between comedy and drama in a movie that takes on a difficult subject. Much of the comedy feels forced, but its dramatic underpinnings will have you hoping that this patient...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 8:14 PM
A comedy about cancer isn't easy, but writer Will Reiser and co-star/co-producer Seth Rogen draw from personal experience to give "50/50" that rare blend of raw humor and emotion without artifice.
There are no wrong notes in this movie.
| Nov 16, 2011
Michael Fassbender, 'Shame' and 'A Dangerous Method'
You likely first saw Michael Fassbender as the cheeky Lt. Archie Cox in "Inglorious Basterds" or as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto in this summer's "X-Men: First Class." But it's the latter part of this year...
| 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...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 10:14 AM
Sort of the pregnancy version of such recent all-star comedies as "New Year's Eve" and "Valentine's Day," director Kirk Jones' ("Waking Ned Devine") compendium of several couples' birth-awaiting stories - inspired by the Heidi Murkoff best-seller - offers...
| 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 19, 2012
HILLSBORO, Ore. — Movie buffs probably have some idea of what goes into designing a costume for film.
But what about when the star is a 9-inch-tall puppet named Norman?
As I learned a few months ago during a visit to the Laika Studios set of...