| Feb 27, 2011
"True Grit," "The Fighter," "Black Swan" and "The King's Speech" are a few of the many head-spinning, stomach-turning, heart-wrenching movies that impacted audiences locally and across the globe. On Feb. 27, the most worthy of films from 2010 will be...
| 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 24, 2011
| 2:35 AM
We have officially reached the point in the winter where it is perfectly OK to buy yourself something to pump up your mood. I just saw Black Swan last night, and all I could think as I walked out of the theater into the sleet was that a little bargain...
| 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 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
| 4:16 AM
HOLLYWOOD (KTLA) -- The British period film "The King's Speech" started the evening with the most Academy Award nominations - 12, but faced strong competition from blockbusters "Inception" and "The Social Network," taking home 3 awards for Best Picture,...
| Jul 19, 2011
| 12:33 PM
After a lengthy period when he made more headlines than movies, Mel Gibson tackled a big acting challenge by reuniting with "Maverick" leading lady Jodie Foster - his director as well as his co-star here - in this 2011 drama.
Gibson plays a man in the...
| Nov 10, 2011
Though many are befuddled this year by the new Oscar math, perhaps unable to parse just how many votes it will take to land a best picture nomination or anticipate even how many nominees there will be, one recent regular equation looks to hold firm: One...
| Nov 15, 2011
| 7:50 AM
It's kind of like "The Running Man," but with less protein.
"The Hunger Games" is a widely popular best-selling science fiction young-adult book series. Say that three times fast. It's a series I haven't read, but based on the trailer for the first...
| Oct 16, 2011
Reporting from New York —
Elizabeth Olsen recently experienced something that had never happened to her: She was recognized by a stranger.
"It was really weird. I was walking in Tribeca and a guy just came up to me and said, 'I just saw the...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 10:38 AM
"Up in the Air" and "The Departed" co-star Vera Farmiga turned director with this deep-thinking drama, inspired by the memoir "This Dark World" by Carolyn S. Briggs (who also co-wrote the screenplay). Farmiga also plays the central character, a woman...