| Feb 5, 2014
| 6:00 AM
When Stuart Murdoch, the frontman for the indie pop group Belle & Sebastian, was shooting his directorial debut "God Help the Girl," he decided to offer a cautionary word to the crew.
"I told them, 'You know this movie won't open, because Belle &...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Los Angeles-based actress Tracey Heggins knows how fortunate she is. Besides appearing in Common's indie film "LUV," the statuesque actress also plays Senna -- one of the Amazonian vampires -- in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2." "It was so...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:33 PM
Melissa McCarthy has finally responded to a scathing review of her acting and body image from New York Observer film critic Rex Reed.
The film critic trashed the "Identity Thief" star in April in his review of the zany comedy that costars Jason...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 10:28 AM
"The Heat" has all the elements you'd expect from a buddy cop movie — the oil-and-water partnership, the car chases, the wisecracks — and a few you wouldn't — for instance, a scene involving Spanx.
Faithfully conforming to the macho...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 4:26 PM
"The Heat," starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, is the latest entry in a long-running and much-loved movie joke: the buddy-cop comedy. In this case, a bosom-buddy cop comedy.
The movie follows a well-beaten path. They're cops, they're enemies,...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 7:16 AM
Baking as an act of redemption and reinvention has cropped up rather frequently in the American cultural landscape recently — think Keri Russell as an abused wife who finds her purpose in pies in "Waitress" or Kristen Wiig's thwarted bakery owner in...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 1:24 PM
It's time to play one of our favorite yearly games at Times Community News: Can You Outguess the Features Editor? And no, that's not a rhetorical question. You probably can.
Last year, incurable Oscar junkie that I am, I challenged readers to beat my...
| Jan 27, 2013
| 10:33 AM
We know "Divergent" — the futuristic sci-fi flick starring Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants") and directed by Neil Burger ("Limitless") — will begin filming entirely on location in Chicago and at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on the West...
| Feb 10, 2013
| 9:07 AM
Melissa McCarthy stole the show at the box office this weekend, proving she has the star power to attract moviegoers to theaters even during a blizzard.
"Identity Thief," her comedy co-starring Jason Bateman, easily ran away with the weekend's No. 1...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 3:07 PM
In my final years in the public defender's office, identity theft became a factor for many clients wrongly accused of crimes. Someone would be arrested for a crime while possessing false identification in the client's name. After making bail, the...
| 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.