| Apr 15, 2015
| 2:32 PM
A grandly ridiculous theatrical tradition born in ancient Greece, deus ex machina meant, literally, a god borne by a machine descending from the sky to determine a story's outcome.
The hardware in writer-director Alex Garland's crafty new thriller "Ex...
| Apr 15, 2015
| 10:00 PM
Why can’t onscreen billionaires ever be non-eccentric? And, just to mix things up, their protégés could be strong and unpredictable, not shy wimps primed for manipulation?
Alas, reclusive Internet whiz Nathan (Oscar Isaac), who clearly believes...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 11:22 AM
A zombie thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, a mob romance starring Patricia Arquette, and documentaries about Noam Chomsky and Roseanne Barr will be some of the films world-premiering in the Tribeca Film Festival's Spotlight section.
| Jan 15, 2015
| 8:01 AM
Writer-director J.C. Chandor has made three good movies in a row, and they're his first three. He's a heartening exception to the usual percentages.
His first, "Margin Call," compressed an epoch's worth of financial meltdowns and ruinous corruption into...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 10:00 PM
4 stars (out of four)
In several ways “A Most Violent Year,” the second-best movie of 2014, reminds me of “Drive,” the best of 2011, and not just because they both include Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks. The similarity is in the...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 10:20 AM
Fox's "X-Men" spin-off movie "Gambit," starring Channing Tatum as the card-throwing Cajun superhero, will be released Oct. 7, 2016.
Letting les bon temps rouler in fall 2016 means the studio will have three installments of the blockbuster "X-Men"...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 10:46 AM
A trio of actors with deep Chicago ties have been added to the cast of the HBO mini-series "Show Me a Hero," the latest project from David Simon.
Longtime TV actor Jim Belushi, Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney and Lakeview native and Columbia College...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 9:46 AM
"Star Wars: Episode VII" has completed principal photography and gained an official title, Disney and Lucasfilm announced Thursday.
The highly anticipated film shall henceforth be known as "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
Scheduled to hit theaters Dec....
| Oct 23, 2014
| 11:09 AM
Richard Linklater's acclaimed drama "Boyhood" dominated the 24th Gotham Independent Film Award nominations Thursday, earning four nods in the first event of the movie awards season. "Boyhood" received nominations for film, actor Ethan Hawke, actress...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 3:21 PM
"A Most Violent Year" is the most welcome kind of throwback. It brings to mind the fierce New York-based productions of Sidney Lumet in particular but also the whole notion of character-driven, the-clock-is-ticking melodramas in general.
A vibrant crime...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 9:15 AM
Meeting up after a triumphant opening-night premiere of "A Most Violent Year" at Los Angeles' recent AFI Fest, actor Oscar Isaac and director J.C. Chandor didn't look like the creative team behind one of the most complex, rewarding American films of the...