| Feb 24, 2011
Man, I wish I'd gotten this assignment two years ago.
The task of matching Oscar-nominated films to appropriate restaurants is challenge enough, but it's even harder these days, thanks to the Academy's esteem-building decision to expand the number of...
| Feb 23, 2011
So will it be "The King's Speech" or "The Social Network" that wins the top prize Sunday at the 83rd Academy Awards?
"The Social Network," the acclaimed drama about how Harvard computer nerds created the social networking site Facebook, had been the...
| Feb 27, 2011
There is a very particular art to playing the ordinary. Few actors do it well — Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney always come to mind. Of those, most fail to get their due come Oscar night — thoughts of Giamatti and Linney rise again.
| Feb 25, 2011
| 2:15 AM
FREE EVENTS FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES
- See "The Tooth Fairy" free in Rosemont on Saturday.
- Polar Adventure Days is a free Chicago Park District event Saturday at Northerly Island, from noon to 4 p.m. Meet animals, do crafts and drink hot cocoa.
| Feb 25, 2011
| 3:07 PM
"The King's Speech" was crowned best film at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Nominated for 12 Oscars -- the most of any film -- it won four statuettes, including for Colin Firth for lead actor, Tom Hooper for director, and David Seidler for...
| Feb 26, 2011
| 5:20 PM
"Hooray for Holly."
Come on, everybody, "Hooray for Hollywood, that screwy bally-hooey Hollywood, where any office boy or young mechanic, can be a panic."
No, wait, stop, please. That was awful.
We try that every year and it never gets any better....
| Feb 28, 2011
Hollywood's coronation of "The King's Speech" culminated Sunday night when the story of stuttering King George VI and his speech therapist won four Academy Awards, including best picture. But if the Oscars completed the historical drama's ascension, the...
| Oct 15, 2010
| 10:39 AM
Julianne Moore and Annette Bening have been mentioned as likely Oscar contenders for their fine work in this smart comedy-drama from director and co-writer Lisa Cholodenko ("High Art").
The stars play longtime partners whose children ( Mia Wasikowska,...
| Nov 11, 2010
Who doesn't want to be relevant? It's a step toward contentment, a way to stay charged and, in this season, a key to predicting the Oscars.
FOR THE RECORD:
Oscar voting: The Oscar Watcher's Notebook in the Nov. 11 edition of The...
| Nov 18, 2010
Into the seemingly idyllic, if nontraditional, two-mom family world of "The Kids Are All Right" saunters trouble in the form of Mark Ruffalo. His rakish Paul, the family's heretofore anonymous sperm donor of the now teen children, brings the swaggering...
| Jul 29, 2010
| 7:17 PM
There's a freshness and authenticity to the characters in "The Kids Are All Right" that makes it seem like a rarity these days: a movie about a normal family, warts and all.
One parent is more uptight and controlling, the other a bit insecure and...