| Sep 15, 2011
| 9:44 PM
"Contagion" is the latest film about a deadly virus that threatens humankind. It borrows from movies like "Outbreak" and "The Andromeda Strain." But the basic concept goes all the way back to the real Black Death of the Middle Ages.
A healthy person...
| Nov 16, 2011
Michael Fassbender, 'Shame' and 'A Dangerous Method'
You likely first saw Michael Fassbender as the cheeky Lt. Archie Cox in "Inglorious Basterds" or as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto in this summer's "X-Men: First Class." But it's the latter part of this year...
| Aug 7, 2012
| 7:25 AM
Marvin Hamlisch, the composer of "A Chorus Line" and a prolific Broadway and Hollywood figure known for his accessible, toe-tapping melodies, thick glasses, love of silky strings and ebullient if nerdy personality, died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age...
| Aug 8, 2012
When Marvin Hamlisch auditioned for the Juilliard School of Music, he played not Chopin or Mozart but the American folk standard "Goodnight, Irene," a choice that could have had lamentable results for any other prospective student.
But Hamlisch quickly...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 7:39 AM
"Breaking Bad" could have mined the familiar territory of rapidly deteriorating relationships all the way to the finish line, but that would have felt too easy and lopsided. Last week, after Skyler channeled Virginia Woolf and made a slow walk into a...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 8:30 AM
In the late '80s a thunderbolt of inspiration struck Jack Valenti, longtime chief of the Motion Picture Assn. of America: What if his organization got rid of the X rating, besmirched by years of misappropriation by hard-core exploitation films, and...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 7:00 AM
Andrew Upton is staying on at the Sydney Theatre Company, assuming the position of sole artistic director starting in January. For the last four years, Upton and his wife, actress Cate Blanchett, have served as co-artistic directors of Australia's most...
| Aug 31, 2012
One of the first things you notice during the opening credits of "Sleepwalk with Me" is a producing acknowledgment that reads simply: "In association with WBEZ Chicago's This American Life."
Chicago's largest public radio station is in the movie...
| Sep 1, 2012
As a lifelong admirer, consumer of your work and member of your workforce, now that the summer movie season is over, I feel it is my responsibility to make the following request: Please stop making Spider-Man movies!
| Sep 13, 2012
*** (out of four)
Tasking Keanu Reeves with narrating and conducting interviews for a documentary almost seems like a challenge to audiences predisposed to questioning the actor's intelligence. As if “Side by Side” director Christopher...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 3:57 PM
John Barth surely ranks among the least screen-adaptable modern (or, perhaps, postmodern) American novelists. His stories are about themselves; the words, their own subject. It's not surprising that only one of his books has made it to the big screen....