| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:30 PM
In "Jaws," Steven Spielberg realized it was more frightening to withhold the shark than to show it. With "History of Fear," budding Argentine helmer Benjamin Naishtat takes that tactic one step further, delivering a tense sociological thriller in which he...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 12:02 PM
We've all had that moment: Scrolling through streaming options on Netflix, you see a movie featuring familiar faces that you've never heard of and can't help but blurt out, "What is that?" (In reality, this may or may not contain profanity.) In "Netflix,...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 11:59 AM
Originally published in the Chicago Tribune July 29, 1980
This latest "Son of Animal House" is set on a country club golf course. But the setting makes no difference; it's the proper mix of dirty jokes, slapstick, and juvenile humor that writer-director...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Twentieth Century Fox honored the late Richard D. Zanuck with a building dedication ceremony on Tuesday.
"For those of us that work at Fox -- he was family," said Fox topper Jim Gianopulos. "He was an integral part of our legacy, he was like a pater...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 8:35 PM
Probably more than any other instrument in an orchestra, the tuba has the sound of authority — big, brassy, deep and imposing.
For the young, struggling John Van Houten, that sound inspired the discipline he needed. The tuba instructor, who...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Wes Anderson came to Chicago at the beginning of the month to promote his new film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel." He arrived by train, stopping on his way from Los Angeles to New York, where he lives. He even had his own private train car. Now, you might...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 8:30 AM
When a movie has little dialogue and even fewer sound effects, what keeps the audience tethered emotionally to the story? And how can a film seamlessly blend the idea of death and a child's wide-eyed wonderment? Through its music, of course. Here are four...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Scott Cooper is an actor's director.
That term may be thrown around a lot, but the actor-turned-writer-director-producer truly fits the bill. After an "unremarkable career as an actor" ("I wasn't going to have Matt's career, Ben's or Jude's or all...
| Nov 15, 2013
Re "A rapid-fire surge in PG-13 violence," Nov. 12
Many film and television producers are wrong to think that the content of a film or a TV program has no effect on the viewers.
Violence does not satirize the media culture; it succumbs to it, idolizes...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The first thing you notice about the short film is that you never hear dialogue, only the dreamy, Daniel Lanois-type score. Instead, it's subtitled — even though the actors appear to be speaking in English.
In the opening scenes, a young woman...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 5:00 AM
By 1980, John Landis had a string of successes under his belt — including "The Kentucky Fried Movie," "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers" — but the writer-director had long been unable to get his script for "An American Werewolf in London"...