| Aug 30, 2012
The very antonym of "fun," writer-director Craig Zobel's new film "Compliance" is one of the toughest sits of the movie year 2012. But it's an uncompromising and, in its way, honorable drama built upon a prank call that goes on and on, getting worse and...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 3:36 PM
In the dark animated short "The Watchmaker's Apprentice" (from Chicago filmmaker Julian Grant), the title character narrates his tale in song to an oompah beat. "I once was an apprentice in the clock making trade/and the miser made me work for every penny...
| Oct 7, 2012
| 4:30 PM
“People just really like nuns,” a theater manager of my acquaintance once said to me, explaining with a shrug the success of such sisters-infused entertainments as “The Sound of Music,” “Nunsense” and “Sister Act....
| Sep 7, 2012
| 12:57 PM
British playwrights love writing about class. American scribes prefer to probe relationships.
So goes the truism and also, to some extent, the reality. Take, for example, David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 drama (and later a movie)...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 1:22 PM
The widely admired Circle Theatre production of the moving Australian drama "When the Rain Stops Falling" (penned by Andrew Bovell) is moving from Oak Park to Chicago. John Gawlik's production will reopen in January at the Greenhouse Theatre Center on...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 7:14 AM
By Dave Gilmore, @dave_gilmore
It's impossible to judge quality from gameplay clips, cinematic trailers and even sometimes playable demos. What can be judged though, is how excited one is to simply play the game.
Now that another year of E3 has...
| Jun 14, 2012
*** (out of four)
People who know each other extremely well possess the ability to shift, either intentionally or not, from long-developed ease into discomfort. A hand gently stroking an arm can still touch a raw nerve.
In “Your Sister’s...
| Jun 25, 2012
Everyone has had friends ask them about former jobs. The questions “Magic Mike” star Channing Tatum receives aren’t exactly, “So, did you like being a camp counselor?”
“‘Were you naked? Were you butt-naked? How...
| Jun 22, 2012
| 9:45 PM
| Oct 17, 2012
In the excellent new drama “Mr. Sophistication,” veteran comedian/actor Ron Waters (Chicago-native Harry Lennix) is tempted by the notion that fame means he exists on a different level in society.
“I think any honest celebrity would see...
| Jun 22, 2012
| 9:45 PM