| Feb 22, 2012
| 12:50 AM
The Oscars are serious — important people making important, relevant, thought-provoking movies about race, marital relations, horses and Owen Wilson seeing dead Parisians. The dresses and jewelry are beyond fancy. The tuxes are bespoke. Sidney...
| Feb 26, 2012
| 8:58 PM
Hollywood got it right on Sunday, as Adam Sandler picked up a record 11 Razzie nominations. Congratulations, Adam, you deserve it!
Oh, right, the Oscars. As expected, "The Artist," the best picture nominated for best picture, took home the top prize at...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 4:07 PM
Well, we all got blindsided by Meryl Streep.
That was my one consolation as my dream of being Orange County's greatest Oscar handicapper crumbled steadily throughout the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday.
Earlier this year, I challenged Independent...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 12:27 PM
When Wendi McLendon-Covey was hired to play Liz, the annoying neighbor on CBS' "Rules of Engagement," the improv-ready actress didn't have to look far for inspiration.
"I actually know someone who has a lot of these traits, except that she is not a tap-...
| Dec 14, 2011
This week, we asked about your top gift picks for the holidays. Here's what you had to say.
•••• The Lombardi Trophy in Baltimore. --lilasc via Twitter
•••• Peace! --TC Galltin via Facebook
| Sep 6, 2012
***1/2 (out of four)
Pretend for a moment that “Bridesmaids” never existed. You’d totally go for a hilarious comedy about bridesmaids, right?
OK, now remember that “Bridesmaids” existed. Guess what: “Bachelorette&...
| Aug 31, 2012
One of the first things you notice during the opening credits of "Sleepwalk with Me" is a producing acknowledgment that reads simply: "In association with WBEZ Chicago's This American Life."
Chicago's largest public radio station is in the movie...
| Sep 6, 2012
You could, if you wanted, sit in a dark theater and simply check off the similarities between the blockbuster "Bridesmaids" and this fall's "Bridesmaids" knockoff, titled "Bachelorette."
Female bodily function jokes? Check. Inappropriate come-ons on an...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 8:53 AM
"The Sapphires," which opens Friday, is the crowd-pleasing, based-on-actual-people story of four young Aboriginal women who team up with a male Irish manager and perform for American troops in Vietnam, so it's covering its bases internationally.
| Mar 28, 2013
| 7:47 AM
Some diversions invite comparison more readily than others. Take "The Sapphires," the most chipper film ever set in Vietnam.
Already, many have seen it and liked it. If you enjoyed "Strictly Ballroom" or "The Commitments," which is to say if you fell...
| 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...