| Jul 13, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Think of it as TV's Comic-Cannes. Since its inception 42 years ago, Comic-Con International has been a celebration of fanboy ......
| Jul 11, 2012
| 11:13 AM
I haven't had a chance to write full reviews of DirecTV Audience Network's big Wednesday premiere night, but here are some quick reviews that hopefully will get you to watch. "Damages" proves once again why it is one of the smartest thrillers on TV, and...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 8:14 AM
You could count on at least one high-profile Hollywood film shooting in the Chicago area the last few summers, from “Public Enemies” in 2008 and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 2009 to “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 7:08 AM
More and more these days, it seems as if the most interesting TV projects are coming from new and different places. "House of Cards," which Netflix is making in Baltimore, leads the parade. But DirecTV is getting in the game, too, and this week debuts...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 5:33 AM
A dream I have. I originally worded that the other way around, but didn’t want to trivialize the brave vision of Dr. King, who, as I was explaining to the kids the other day, should be represented right next to Lincoln on Mount Rushmore, which...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 1:10 PM
There are raunchy, trashy, terrible movies. And then there is "Intrepidos Punks," in a class all its own. An exploitation artifact from early 1980s Mexico (there is some dispute about the film's exact date), it pits the berserk against the berserker: Punk...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 8:58 AM
Shameless plug alert: I'll be appearing on TV this weekend, on the weekly current events show Issues on WPBT-Ch. 2, the local PBS affiliate.
The show will air tonight (Friday) at 7:30 p.m., and again on Sunday afternoon at 12:30.
I'll be joining guest...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 2:56 PM
To spend time with the Gallaghers, of Chicago's South Side and Showtime's Sunday night lineup, is to enter a world of unrelenting near chaos. Almost every time the viewer blinks, an eye is blackened or love is made or fraud is committed.
The child abuse...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Last month after a screening, even as the lights came up in the theater, I could feel "Zero Dark Thirty" fading, its images and impact already softening in my head. No, no, wait: not fading — mingling. If our cultural experiences rub shoulders at...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 1:26 PM
I've never been much of a fan of Frank Gallagher, the patriarch of the perpetually down-but-never-out Gallagher kids of Chicago's South Side on "Shameless" (8 p.m. CT Jan. 13, Showtime; 3 stars). But I love the show.
It's not that William H. Macy doesn't...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 9:53 AM
I look forward to January TV because one of my favorite shows, FX's "Justified," always premieres at the midseason. But the 2013 midseason schedule is special for another reason: "Cougar Town" begins its new life on TBS Jan. 8, the same night Season 4...