| Jan 11, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Last month after a screening, even as the lights came up in the theater, I could feel "Zero Dark Thirty" fading, its images and impact already softening in my head. No, no, wait: not fading — mingling. If our cultural experiences rub shoulders at...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 6:15 PM
Oscars, smoshkers. With his scenery-chewing performance on the sidelines last weekend, Jim Harbaugh has elevated himself to the top of this year’s list of the world’s greatest dramatic actors.
“Maybe he’s just being himself?&...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 8:02 AM
It's heartening to see area college and university music programs taking up the slack with respect to significant recent American operas Chicago's professional opera companies have ignored.
A little more than a week ago, student singers and orchestra...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 10:38 AM
It's my final column of the year and, for that matter, the new millennium — not to mention of all time.
Unless it isn't.
I'm so confused.
Anyhow, let's look at the highs and lows of 2012 — not that you have much choice if you're going to...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 6:35 AM
The nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday by Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms.
Steven Spielberg's epic on the 16th president, "Lincoln," stood out in the film categories with seven Golden Globe nominations, followed...
| May 16, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Before there was a Game 1 between the Rangers and Bruins in 1973 at Boston Garden, there was a Stanley Cup Final Game 1 between the teams there in 1972.
"The cops come into our dressing room before that game," Emile "The Cat" Francis said Wednesday from...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 9:30 PM
In 1945 Raymond Chandler wrote a screed against Hollywood, and Hollywood screenwriting, for the Atlantic Monthly. "An industry with such vast resources and such magic techniques should not become dull so soon," said the man who later characterized his...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 3:15 PM
My Academy Awards predictions — and honestly, why not start now, a month before the nominations are announced? — carry an odor akin to Paul Rudd's cologne in "Anchorman": 60 percent of the time, they're right every time.
This week the awards...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 7:52 AM
I'm pretty sure we can account for three of the best-male-actor nominees when the Academy Awards lists come out on Jan. 10.
I've just seen a trio of excellent performances: Denzel Washington in "Flight," Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln" and John Hawkes in...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 3:02 PM
John Goodman is everywhere right now. Such has been the case for this popular actor for a long time, but at the multiplexes presently he's a valuable ensemble member in two worthwhile pictures, "Argo" (in which he plays a real-life Hollywood makeup artist...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 4:22 PM
When “The X-Men” debuted 50 years ago, it was part of a wave of Marvel Comics spearheaded by writer/editor Stan […]...