| Oct 25, 2012
| 3:26 PM
Late October brings many strange creatures to the library, just in time for Halloween. Popular culture is once again infatuated — smitten, even — with dark characters suffering from vampiric curses, terribly monstrous afflictions and other...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 11:24 AM
Unfortunately linked to one of the year's most tragic news stories, director Christopher Nolan's conclusion to his Batman trilogy is as stylistically stunning as expected, with returnee Christian Bale's moody portrayal of Gotham City's main protector...
| Aug 26, 2012
| 8:13 AM
"The Bourne Legacy" (PG-13). The actions of Jason Bourne have consequences for another man with a similar secret background. With Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Albert Finney. TownMall Cinemas (1:00, 4:00, 7:00 p.m.)...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 7:29 AM
Bootlegging dramas come with a built-in sympathy clause in their contracts with the audience. C'mon! they plead. All these folks want is to get the government off their backs, follow their American dream and provide liquor to the masses. And by the way,...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 4:28 PM
The big hook for "The Possession" is that it is based on true events.
Inspired by an Los Angeles Times article "A jinx in a Box?" several years ago, this is a movie for those who like movies to make them slink down in the seats and cover their eyes....
| Jan 28, 2012
As Japan's preeminent graphic designer and art director in the 1970s and early '80s, Eiko Ishioka helped build her reputation by heading media campaigns for Parco, a major boutique shopping complex chain.
But instead of focusing on fashion or other...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 7:31 AM
Lady Gaga has ordered fried chicken at Table Fifty-Two and deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s during past visits to Chicago, but the “Born This Way” singer opted for vegetarian-friendly restaurants during last week’s stay in the...
| Dec 8, 2011
Alberto Iglesias | "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
For a spy movie that isn't really a spy movie, the key to unlocking the musical mystery behind "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" came from a conversation between director Tomas Alfredson and composer Alberto...
| May 13, 2011
| 7:31 AM
In novels and songs, in movies and plays and TV shows, addiction to drugs and alcohol is a frequent theme. Steve Earle's new novel "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is the latest, but here are some previous standouts...
| Feb 26, 2012
| 11:00 AM
Is silence truly golden? Can George Clooney's tears bring Oscar happiness? Will Billy Crystal's yuks play as well as they did eight years ago? And could the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the first time bestow acting statuettes on two...
| Dec 18, 2011
Clothes and carefully cultivated facial hair are helping to make the man — and the movie — in a big way at the multiplex this season.
Consider the tuxedo-wearing, thinly mustachioed men of 1920s' Hollywood in "The Artist"; the dapper denizens...