| May 23, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Holy Moly, starring Denis Lavant, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it has garnered strong reviews for being weird....
| Oct 11, 2012
| 2:25 PM
In "Gimme the Loot," a loose, disarming bit of larceny — and one of the bright offerings of the 48th Chicago International Film Festival — director Adam Leon's Bronx-bred characters live to tag. Teenage graffiti artists on the run, the friends...
| Nov 8, 2012
***1/2 (out of four)
Making the storyline of “The Master” look like child’s play, French filmmaker Leos Carax’s first film in 13 years features Eva Mendes in arguably her most fascinating role. Uh, it’s not exactly similar...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 8:24 AM
"Holy Motors," an exuberant jape as well as a beautiful ode to the movies, to play-acting and to Paris, comes from the French writer-director Leos Carax, re-teaming here with actor Denis Lavant. Lavant got robbed at the Cannes Film Festival this year,...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 1:50 PM
Broadly speaking, a film festival's programmers can handle news of a new lineup one of two ways: all at once, or nearly; or the drib-drab approach.
The Chicago International Film Festival goes for the dribs and drabs. The 48th edition of founder and...
| 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,...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 8:32 AM
The biggest changes afoot in this year's Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF), the 48th edition, are on the screen, yet they're not part of the programming. As the worldwide cinema industries push actual film — meaning celluloid — into...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 4:29 PM
This week's Oscar nominations brought surprises Chief among them: the snubbing of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow, directors of “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” for director, and the multi-category dominance of upstarts “Beasts...
| Dec 9, 2012
| 3:18 PM
After being snubbed by major critics groups this award season, “The Master” got a boost Sunday from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. The Paul Thomas Anderson-directed film was awarded more prizes than any other film, taking home honors for...
| Dec 14, 2012
| 11:00 AM
It's as if this year filmmakers remembered why God made movies. In a world of nonstop data where most of the static is gossip in 140 soul-destroying words or less, cinema has had a transcendent 12 months — a visual renaissance that has burned past...