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  • Overlooked screenplays this Oscar season

    Overlooked screenplays this Oscar season
    In 1945 Raymond Chandler wrote a screed against Hollywood, and Hollywood screenwriting, for the Atlantic Monthly. "An industry with such vast resources and such magic techniques should not become dull so soon," said the man who later characterized his adopted residence to the south, La Jolla, Calif., as "nothing but a climate." In the Atlantic he vented: "An art which is capable of making all but the very best plays look trivial and contrived, all but the very best novels verbose and imitative, should not so quickly become wearisome to those who attempt to practice it with something else in mind than the cash drawer."
  • Review: 'A Master Builder' ★★★

    Review: 'A Master Builder' ★★&#9733
    The Jonathan Demme film "A Master Builder" will likely appeal more to theater people than to film people, it being Henrik Ibsen and all, as adapted by and starring Wallace Shawn. He plays one of Ibsen's most formidable train wrecks, the tetchy,...

    'God's Pocket' is empty of the Philip Seymour Hoffman you want

    If, like me, you were hoping that "God's Pocket," starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final films, would feature yet another of the actor's distinctive turns, you are fresh out of luck. Hoffman's character, Mickey Scarpato, is a guy...

    Historic Patio Theater to close in April

    Historic Patio Theater to close in April
    The historic Patio Theater in Portage Park has been in Demetri Kouvalis' family since 1987. His father ran the movie theater until 2001, when the air conditioning broke. The repairs were more than the family could afford, and the theater, built in 1927,...

    TV Picks: Pirates, a painter, prisoners and people of Broadway

    TV Picks: Pirates, a painter, prisoners and people of Broadway
    "Crossbones" (NBC, Fridays), "Friday Night Spotlight: Pirate Pictures" (TCM, Fridays in June). Pirates! Their parrots, their peg legs, their eye patches; their planks for walking, their X'ed spot-markings; their swashbuckling ways and way of talking;...