| Mar 15, 2012
*** (out of four)
Part action movie spoof, part coming-of-age comedy and mostly hilarious, “21 Jump Street” gives the genre of “unexpected remakes of not especially significant ’80s TV shows” a good name.
The cop drama that...
| Mar 20, 2012
The guy looks more like an Abercrombie model than an actor, probably because he used to be an Abercrombie model.
In interviews, his laugh frequently turns into a giggle, like he’s unconcerned about possessing the protective coating of his more...
| Mar 22, 2012
| 10:48 AM
Residents of a River North condo building on N. Franklin Street and W. Institute Place were warned Tuesday that an NBC pilot will be filming on the corner Saturday-Monday.
"DO NOT BE ALARMED,” the condo association notice said in bold letters....
| Sep 21, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Director Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” is the perfect sports movie for these cash-strapped times of efficiency maximization. It's also the best sports movie in a long time, period, as well as honestly inspirational — even though...
| Dec 8, 2011
Mildly funny adventures in extreme baby-sitting, director David Gordon Green's "The Sitter" finds its emblematic moment in the scene of Sam Rockwell, playing a Brooklyn drug dealer, joking around and then suddenly blasting one of his minions in the foot...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 5:44 PM
If any of us wondered if celebrities would still visit Chicago after “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended in May, we now have our answer.
Chicago is still a popular destination for film projects — which this year included “Man of...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 4:08 PM
John Osborne wrote the key post-World War II British drama "Look Back in Anger," later filmed in 1959. By contrast there’s very little anger in all the look-backs among this year’s Academy Award nominations. Oscar's unofficial slogan in...
| Jul 26, 2012
** (out of four)
A movie called “The Watch” couldn't have worse timing.
Just because 20th Century Fox changed the film's title from “Neighborhood Watch” to “The Watch” doesn't mean the comedy about an (eventually)...
| Jul 26, 2012
| 7:12 AM
Timing is everything in comedy. When a neighborhood-watch volunteer was charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martinearlier this year — in real life, that is — 20th Century Fox changed the title of its forthcoming comedy from...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 6:53 AM
It's time to rate the Cirques, now that I've seen "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," which played at the O-rena last week. What? We have to call it by that mundane name? Oh, all right, I'm gritting my teeth … Amway Center.
Of the Cirque du...
| Mar 12, 2012
“I’m too old for this [bleep],” says Jonah Hill.
“Welcome to Earth, mother[bleep]er!,” says Channing Tatum.
The “21 Jump Street” stars aren’t being aggressive; they’re just spouting classic action...