| Jun 16, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Quality fun, campy teen movies are few and far between, but "Pitch Perfect" looks to be the next heir to the "Mean Girls"/"Bring It On"/"Clueless" throne. Anna Kendrick stars as a rebellious college freshman who joins an all-girl a cappella group....
| Jul 12, 2012
| 2:12 PM
Though known primarily as an author, Ray Bradbury had a fixation with Hollywood. It was inevitable that his skills as a science fiction writer would eventually land him work in the movies.
His first gig was with Universal Pictures in the early 1950s,...
| Sep 15, 2012
| 8:20 PM
"2016 Obama's America" (PG). Documentary based on Dinesh D'Souza's book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage." TownMall Cinemas (1:15, 4:15, 7:15 p.m.)
"The Expendables 2" (R). A group of mercenaries seek vengeance for a murdered comrade. With...
| Sep 20, 2012
*** (out of four)
The cop movie has been done. And done and done. Particularly by David Ayer, who wrote “Training Day,” “Dark Blue,” “S.W.A.T.” and “Harsh Times,” along with directing “Street Kings.&...
| Sep 27, 2012
* (out of four)
“Pitch Perfect” doesn’t deserve its star, Anna Kendrick. For the second time in two weeks (“End of Watch”) the actress’ charm enlivens the screen, but this time it’s in service of a movie that...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 12:40 PM
"Hotel Transylvania" will suck the life out of its rivals at the box office this weekend, as the animated monster flick is set to dominate ticket sales.
The 3-D film should easily claim the No. 1 position with a solid debut of around $35 million,...
| 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...