| Mar 8, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Foodies who feasted on "Big Night," "Babette's Feast" and "Eat Drink Man Woman" may flock to "Chef," a lightweight but high-calorie confection in which the actors often run the risk of being upstaged by all manner of scrumptious-looking cuisine. Written...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 12:54 PM
With its multidisciplinary mix of movies, music and technology, the South by Southwest festival has a reputation as a hip, forward-looking affair. But one of the unofficial themes to emerge at this year's SXSW Film Festival, which kicked off Friday, is...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Since "Jersey Boys," the rags-to-riches-to-rags musical about Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, was first staged on Broadway in 2005, there have been thousands of performances across North America. In the room at some of these cities sat a certain...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 3:00 PM
The inside-Hollywood dramedy "Trust Me" contains so much terrific writing, acting and observation that it becomes a bit easier to forgive writer-director-star Clark Gregg when his ambitions best him during the movie's convoluted last third.
Gregg is a...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 12:26 PM
By the time "Parlour Car" reaches the end of its epic, three-hour anniversary show at Bar Deville in the Ukrainian Village last Thursday, nearly 20 of Chicago's best comics have taken turns slinging their finest jokes to a packed house, bite-size pieces...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Strenuous spoiler avoidance has been maintained in most stories about "The Signal" since its premiere to ecstatic praise at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Even descriptions of the movie's genre and tone are less than straightforward.
| May 27, 2014
| 5:30 AM
At a small community park in Santa Monica, a group of Los Angeles-area musicians wearing dark blue and orange T-shirts with the slogan "Listen Up!" gathered around a flatbed truck as union leaders, a minister and a local city councilman fired up the...
| May 15, 2014
| 7:45 AM
Jon Favreau's "Chef" has one goal: to make you want to eat Cuban sandwiches twice a day for the rest of your life. Meat-eating moviegoers of all palates will have a difficult time controlling their drool, thanks to writer-director-star Favreau's close-ups...
| May 20, 2014
| 2:10 PM
Hollywood loves all things baseball. Disney continues the tradition with a light-hearted look at a true-life sideshow of the national pastime. The studio serves up a big fat 3-and-0 pitch down the middle of the plate in "Million Dollar Arm."
| Jan 29, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Stan Lee is ready for his closeup. And if trends continue the way they are, there are going to be plenty more of them. At 91, the mastermind behind Marvel Comics -- and co-creator of properties like the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and the Avengers,...
| May 6, 2014
| 12:30 PM
If there is one thing everyone can agree on about Ryan Kavanaugh, it's that he does things differently.
Both supporters and detractors will tell you that the founder and chief executive officer of Relativity Media, which is celebrating its 10th...