| 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 24, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Playwright Ayad Akhtar has seen his Pulitzer Prize winning play "Disgraced" open in productions around the country and around the world. But the show's opening on Broadway Oct. 23 was still a bigger deal.
Literally bigger. "We'd never done it for me than...
| 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.
| Oct 23, 2014
| 3:25 PM
That I have spent more than four decades writing for newspapers has done nothing to enlighten me to the mystery of photography. Working with dozens of men and women with cameras who accompanied me on hundreds of stories, I have watched as they did their...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 7:57 AM
Filmmaker J.C. Chandor walked onstage Thursday night at the Dolby Theatre to introduce his new movie, the crime drama "A Most Violent Year," the gala opener of this year's AFI Fest.
Pointing to a seat near the front, Chandor noted: "The last time I...
| 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...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The classic "women's picture," demoted without due consideration in Hollywood filmmaking, gets a complex, vibrant reassessment in "Decor," Egyptian director Ahmad Abdalla's conceptually sophisticated fifth feature. Reflecting on a diverse swath of film...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 7:00 AM
We've been deluged with dozens of variations of "Birdman Soars" headlines in the last couple of days, as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's ambitious tale of a onetime comic book movie star's quest for reinvention opened to great business last weekend,...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Jean-Luc Godard has never been one to shy away from a paradox. He might well appreciate the irony that his form-busting use of 3D in "Goodbye to Language" -- the very element that has made this by far his most passionately embraced work in years -- is...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 4:26 PM
John Mulaney has the benevolent wide-set eyes, cresting hair and copacetic choirboy appearance of a superhero who has taken a spa day. He is trim to the point of receding, and as angular as Peter Parker. He walks with his hands plunged deep in his...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 12:30 PM
One key advantage of running a film company together is that it's possible to be two places at once. That came in handy on a recent night at the Toronto International Film Festival when Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, the co-presidents of Sony Pictures...