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  • A face you won't forget, in movies big and small

     A face you won't forget, in movies big and small
    Very little casting is done in Chicago when big studio movies shoot here. Not significant roles, where the camera lingers on a person for more than a moment. It's a strange phenomenon considering the deep bench of acting talent in town, but every so often there are exceptions. I remember watching 2008's "The Dark Knight" and realizing that weaselly guy who Aaron Eckhart was threatening over the ledge of a skyscraper was a Chicago actor. I knew the face. It's a distinctive face, one that belongs to David Dastmalchian. Haven't seen much of it on local stages since.
  • 'Enemy' review: What the what?

    'Enemy' review: What the what?
    *1/2 (out of four) A practical joke posing as a brain teaser, "Enemy" seems like director Denis Villeneuve's "Up yours!" to people who complained about the explanation behind "Prisoners," his other collaboration with Jake Gyllenhaal. "Oh, you thought...

    In the hands of a vengeful dad in 'Prisoners' ★★ ★

    Classy trash, "Prisoners" opens with a scene of holy sacrifice, the first of many violent acts sanctified as virtuous — necessary — by an increasingly grotesque narrative. In the Pennsylvania woods, a carpenter played by Hugh Jackman guides...

    REVIEW: 'Enemy' ★★★

    REVIEW: 'Enemy' ★★&#9733
    Based on "The Double" by novelist Jose Saramago, "Enemy" stars Jake Gyllenhaal in what the old studio publicity departments used to call "a demanding dual role." We're in a city — Toronto, clouded over with haze and a peculiar, sickly light...

    'End of Watch' review: Scary, funny cop drama marks worthy addition to genre

    'End of Watch' review: Scary, funny cop drama marks worthy addition to genre
    *** (out of four) The cop movie has been done. And done and done. Particularly by David Ayer, who wrote “Training Day,” “Dark Blue,” “S.W.A.T.” and “Harsh Times,” along with directing “Street Kings.&...