| Oct 18, 2012
| 2:02 PM
Last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival opened with a gamble: a little-known French film with no box-office stars that was not only shot in black-and-white, but came with another layer of anachronistic provocation. It was a silent...
| Oct 24, 2012
When “The Sessions” co-star William H. Macy came to Chicago in the early 1970s, he briefly worked as a waiter at former Lincoln Park bar Le Pub. He made more money, he says, as a carpenter.
“[I would] build shelves and things like...
| Oct 25, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
For better and for worse, “The Sessions” has “crowd-pleaser” written all over it.
The dramedy, which won the audience award and a special jury prize for ensemble acting at Sundance this year, engineers a small...
| Oct 29, 2012
| 8:26 AM
Is the Chicago International Film Festival good, good enough or not quite that?
This is the question. This is the question to be asked of any festival, every perennial cultural mainstay in every city. It's the way to keep us all honest, whatever dog we...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 1:30 PM
David Cromer's increasingly famous production of "Our Town," which began at The Hypocrites in Chicago, then moved Off-Broadway for a record-breaking run, and was a recent hit in Los Angeles in a version starring Helen Hunt, is now headed to the Huntington...
| Sep 18, 2012
Congratulations to Joan Allen, Viola Davis and Helen Hunt, who will all attend the Chicago International Film Festival (Oct. 11-25) to accept a Silver Hugo award for "significant achievements and contributions to the arts," the fest announced this...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 12:02 PM
Favorite: "Jerry Maguire." Even after all Tom Cruise's insane outbursts, I still am — embarrassingly — a fan. Least favorite: "Armageddon." It was difficult to find animal crackers all that romantic in between all the terrible writing.
| Feb 28, 2012
“Project X” puts you right in the center of the action—in this case, what may be the biggest onscreen party of all time. Or to put it another way, says “Project X” co-star Jonathan Daniel Brown, the movie has an “anti-...
| Aug 11, 2012
| 11:15 PM
I can just see the clichés the critics will be writing about this.
“It’s not the typical rom com.”
“The perfect date movie!”
Oh, puh-lease! This is an okay movie. I think you’ll either love or hate. I was lukewarm...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 7:52 AM
I'm pretty sure we can account for three of the best-male-actor nominees when the Academy Awards lists come out on Jan. 10.
I've just seen a trio of excellent performances: Denzel Washington in "Flight," Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln" and John Hawkes in...
| Sep 27, 2010
| 9:32 PM
"Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense." ... Chicago director David Cromer, here in the Stage Manager role in "Our Town," the play that helped catapult him to directorial duties on Broadway. â¢ From......