| Dec 18, 2014
| 9:28 AM
Editor's note: Sony announced Tuesday that it will give “The Interview” a “limited theatrical release” beginning Christmas Day, with the movie showing in a handful of independent theaters across the country. Originally scheduled...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 10:00 PM
2.5 stars (out of four)
A movie doesn’t have to involve the attempted assassination of a living dictator to qualify as poorly conceived. In the past year alone, we’ve seen a biblical icon become a burly action hero (“Noah”), a...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 1:00 PM
Those eyes. That voice. That bruise.
"Yeah, I gave myself a black eye last night," Emma Stone says with a laugh. "During the 'Mein Herr' number, I whipped off my leather jacket and hit myself with the belt buckle. Nice, huh?"
Nice indeed. At...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 7:35 AM
"I don't feel funny anymore," complains the movie star played by Chris Rock in "Top Five," but don't worry. Unlike Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories," this cinematic confessional, which is also a genial wish-fulfillment fantasy, is actually funny.
| Dec 2, 2014
Actor Red Buttons poses in a mirror for Los Angeles Times staff photographer Lou Mack....
| Dec 4, 2014
| 9:30 AM
It would seem beyond argument that Americans are more sophisticated today than they were in the 1930s and '40s. We travel, communicate and do business across the globe, have access to more information and more types of sensation than ever before —...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 12:03 PM
Top Five * * *
Cuando se sube a un escenario, Chris Rock se revela como un excelente cómico, pero en el cine su talento no ha sido tan notorio. Después de dirigir dos fallidas películas que ya nadie recuerda, Rock parece reivindicarse en Top Five, cinta...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 10:58 AM
"Night of the Living Dead" (1i968) plays at The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen Street, Hampton, at 7 p.m. Thursday as part of the Phoebus Film Series. Here is a piece I wrote about this classic horror flick as part of a series of movie essays.
| Nov 21, 2014
| 12:40 PM
Mere months after a heated public debate over an editorial in which Dylan Farrow once again accused her father, Woody Allen, with molestation, Americans find themselves embroiled in a similar but even more emotionally wrenching news cycle.
| Nov 29, 2014
| 7:00 AM
To the boomer generation, seeing Bob Hope on TV or in the movies was like spending time with cranky relatives. Sure, there were a lot of great memories — the World War II shows, the "Road" movies with Bing Crosby — but it also was a little...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 10:54 AM
After Hours Film Society
Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove, 630-534-4528, afterhoursfilmsociety.com
"Love Is Strange" 3 1/2 stars (U.S.; Ira Sachs, 2014) "Love Is Strange" begins with Ben and George, readying themselves in their...