| Aug 16, 2009
| 4:22 PM
Forty years ago tomorrow, the most powerful storm ever to visit the U.S. mainland crashed ashore along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Nearly everything in Camille's path, along the coast from Biloxi west to the Alabama state line, was reduced to splinters......
| Mar 17, 2012
"These sunsets are made for romance."
Those words, the closing lines of a rhapsodic travel piece I wrote about Anna Maria Island for the Orlando Sentinel in 2010, were concocted by a highly skilled wordsmith. Because, in my professional capacity as a...
| Mar 6, 2010
You know what they say about March -- comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb.
Forget that. March is Women's History Month. It should come in like a lioness, and go out like one too. Like, say, Gloria Steinem.
As a seminal figure in the American...
| Feb 4, 2010
Ever feel like cupid's arrow shot you in the head instead of sweetly pinging your heart? Do you think of Valentine's Day as your annual opportunity to misstep, disappoint, be let down or send the wrong signal?
Battered veterans of this designated romance...
| Apr 9, 2012
Stop what you’re doing, horror movie directors, “The Cabin in the Woods” director/co-writer Drew Goddard isn’t buying.
“I can tell when a group of characters are supposed to be friends but don’t care about each other....
| Aug 17, 2011
| 6:43 AM
The White Sox finally got over .500.
Happened while you were sleeping.
They beat the Indians on Wednesday morning.
Came on a Juan Pierre single in the bottom of the 14th.
An inning after the Indians loaded the bases with one out but failed to score....
| Apr 11, 2012
| 11:07 AM
Chicago may have missed out on “The Dark Knight Rises” – which opted to film in Pittsburgh rather than in Chicago like the first two Batman films did – but we did get Miley Cyrus’ high school romance film “LOL.”...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 2:33 AM
Is there a place for libraries in our lives? It’s one of those questions that won’t keep you up at night, but it will be a topic of intense debate when libraries are no longer there.
We’ve seen the conversation ratchet up with the El...
| May 22, 2012
Talk about a memorable movie pitch.
“This is the vibrator movie you can bring your mom to,” says “Hysteria” director Tanya Wexler, who grew up in Lincoln Park. “You want to see something about the vibrator that you can&...
| May 24, 2012
| 7:50 AM
However it's handled, the story of the invention of the electric vibrator cries out for more stimulating treatment than "Hysteria," a film left wanting for a tone and a surer sense of period.
The stylistically uncertain romantic comedy stars Maggie...
| Nov 13, 2012
Anyone looking for the loud, boisterous version of Chris Tucker may be disappointed. Asked to tell me a joke, Tucker’s delivery is so understated I react late to the punchline, expecting something juicier than, “I went to a psychic and she...