| Aug 22, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Raucous, rowdy and regrettably scatter-brained, Cem Kaya's side-splitting essay film "Remake, Remix, Rip-off" marks a noble, albeit disorganized effort to convey the appeal of vintage Turkish pop cinema to the world at large. As with sensory-overload...
| Mar 28, 2014
"Play normal music!"
The woman yelling this at Neil Young stood three rows away from him at the Rosemont Theater in 2004. Between each song, as he spoke to the crowd about the next chapter in "Greendale," the theatrical rock play he was presenting...
| May 8, 2014
| 12:30 AM
LONDON -- British filmmaker Andrea Arnold is to shoot her first U.S.-based film, "American Honey," this summer. Protagonist Pictures will introduce the pic to buyers at Cannes.
The road movie centers on a runaway teenager selling magazine...
| Feb 21, 2014
When one or more of the seven writers nominated for best original screenplay rises next Sunday to accept the Academy Award, he or she will thank a bunch of people, but not Ben Hecht. Hecht is mostly forgotten now, in Hollywood and Chicago, two very...
| Oct 13, 2013
Elizabeth Gilbert is of course best known for “Eat, Pray, Love” (2006), the megaselling memoir that was made into a popular 2010 film with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. But Gilbert's first love was fiction, to which she makes a triumphant...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 1:12 PM
Northern Irish playwright Lisa McGee fashioned her piece "Jump" as a comedic thriller — likely with 1990s Quentin Tarantino in mind, with wisecracking thugs and reckless lovebirds teleported between different timelines in a maze-like narrative. When...
| Dec 31, 2013
Matthew Brady graduated from Daniel Hand High School in Madison in 1995 and went to James Madison University in Virginia for one year. Then he transferred to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and majored in Spanish. The motivation for the transfer wasn't...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Academy voters try to adhere to the organization's myriad rules during Oscar season -- except for the one barring them from talking about their vote. A convivial lot, Academy members (I've been one for 30 years) habitually chat about their likes and...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 3:28 PM
With Halloween trying to sneak up on us, it's time to look without fear at the differences between what makes men scary and what makes women scary.
For example, your male villain in a horror movie must have third-degree peeling burns and open sores over...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 12:10 PM
I'm 51 and Bilbo-free. Somehow "The Hobbit" has eluded me my entire reading life. What was I reading in junior high when I first noticed everyone else was reading it? "Big A: The Story of Lew Alcindor," maybe. Or William K. Everson's book on Laurel &...
| Dec 14, 2012
| 11:00 AM
It's as if this year filmmakers remembered why God made movies. In a world of nonstop data where most of the static is gossip in 140 soul-destroying words or less, cinema has had a transcendent 12 months — a visual renaissance that has burned past...