| Aug 1, 2012
Actor a favorite of Peckinpah
R.G. Armstrong, 95, a veteran character actor who started his career in the 1950s on Broadway, segued to television, then solidified his standing as a favorite of filmmakers Sam Peckinpah and Warren Beatty,...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 1:51 PM
With its founder Michael Kutza nearing his half-century mark as leader, the Chicago International Film Festival announced its 48th edition slate Thursday. Heavily concentrated, as it has been in recent years, at the downtown AMC River East 21 multiplex,...
| Mar 20, 2013
Founder Yvonne MacCormick Lyons says the Women's International Film Festival combats being "categorized as chick flicks" by screening films in various genres. But for the first time, the WIFF will include a fright night.
Three female-directed horror...
| Oct 6, 2012
| 2:58 AM
Universal Pictures has been celebrating its century-long milestone all year, and as that period nears its end, the studio releases a mammoth collection of many of the top films that mark its history thus far.
The titles range from "All Quiet on the...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 2:55 PM
In the last shot of Ben Affleck's "Argo" — relax, there are no spoilers here — the camera pans slowly along the shelves of toys in a young boy's bedroom. The year is 1980; the film spends most of its time on the true story of how a CIA...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 8:49 AM
"Flight" is exciting — terrific, really — because in addition to the sophisticated storytelling techniques by which it keeps us hooked, it doesn't drag audience sympathies around by the nose, telling us what to think or how to judge the...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 8:23 PM
Take a minute, if you will, to consider the prominence of time travel as a theme in the arts. You don't have to be a brilliant but evil scientist huddled in a secret mountaintop laboratory, rubbing your hands together and cackling with glee as you...
| Jan 4, 2013
JR Linton's painting "What Do You Mean, Another Castle?" depicts an enraged Super Mario, eyes bloodshot, plumber's wrench in hand, cracking that infamous mushroom character Toad across the mouth. Mario's right hook is captured midswing by Linton, whose...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 3:55 AM
Crispin Hellion Glover (films "Back to the Future," "Alice in Wonderland," "Hot Tub Time Machine, "River's Edge") performs his solo work, "Big Slide Show, Parts One and Two" on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. at Hartford's Real Art Ways, 55...
| Feb 9, 2013
| 5:55 AM
Debra Messing, who stars on "Smash" as Broadway lyricist Julia Houston, has listed her showstopper in Bel-Air for $11.995 million.
The traditional-style house, designed by architect Paul R. Williams and built in 1937, features bay windows, updated...
| Feb 21, 2013
Once in a while, a movie slips under your radar. For about, oh, 20 years. In 'Big-screen blind spot,' we sit down with those 'classic' movies everybody but us has seen and give them the nostalgia critic treatment.
Confession: Until this week, I had...