| Jul 30, 2013
| 5:21 PM
Right down to the brute functionality of its title, "The Smurfs 2" may be the platonic ideal of a major studio sequel — no markedly better or worse than the first and with just enough difference to lay claim to being something new. Just as with...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 7:14 AM
After the coffee. Before remembering to smile. Well, it's worth a shot!
The Skinny: Are the Dodgers ever going to lose? Serves me right for turning the game off when the Mets were up 4-0 and watching "Scarface" on AMC. Thursday's headlines include a...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 3:39 PM
French filmmaker Luc Besson has long been among the world's finest purveyors of classy trash, making movies that are a combination of glossy style and gritty action. From his own films as director such as "La Femme Nikita" and "The Professional" to more...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 6:30 AM
There's a new way to get movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks for free on the Internet. And no, it's not piracy -- it's through public libraries.
Hoopla Digital, a Netflix-like service for library card holders, on Wednesday announced agreements with ...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Howard Hawks never met a movie genre he couldn't adapt to splendidly.
In a career that spanned the silent era to 1970, Hawks directed gangster melodrama (1932's "Scarface") screwball comedies (1938's "Bringing Up Baby"), westerns (1948's "Red River"),...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 10:00 PM
I was flipping channels a few weeks ago when I came across something that always freezes my fingers on the remote. It was "Scarface," Brian De Palma's tale of cocaine kingpin Tony Montana, and, lucky me, I was just in time for the climactic shootout....
| Aug 11, 2011
| 8:10 PM
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is really a jail-break movie. The inmates are not human criminals in jail. The prisoners here are innocent chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas held in cages for medical experimentation.
A pharmaceutical company...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:17 PM
What's in a name? If you're a Chicagoan and your surname is Capone, everything. There is perhaps no more notorious name associated with the city (except perhaps Gacy, or for a time, Bartman). Growing up, Deirdre Marie Capone lived what she calls a "shame-...
| Mar 21, 2013
No animals were harmed in the making of "Spring Breakers." But plenty of impressionable young and older minds will assuredly experience feelings of disorientation watching writer-director Harmony Korine's candy-colored clown of a movie, which starts out...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 2:25 PM
Actor Harris Yulin has sold a cottage in Venice for $2.7 million.
The one-story house, built in 1922, has one bedroom and one bathroom in 784 square feet of living space. Surrounded by mature trees, it sits on a 7,191-square-foot double lot on a walk...
| Nov 4, 2012
Actress Kristen Stewart's new view home is not far from "Twilight" costar and on-again boyfriend Robert Pattinson's place in Los Feliz.
Set in gated Laughlin Park, the 3,361-square-foot house Stewart bought for $2.195 million features a carved wood front...