| Dec 17, 2012
Good news, Katy Perry fans: Though Marion Cotillard’s whale trainer character in “Rust and Bone” loses her legs in an accident as Perry’s “Firework” plays, the actress says she’s not too traumatized by the...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 4:23 PM
Staring down the prospect of a three-day weekend with way too many film choices? Never fear, I'll narrow it down for you! Below are my personal picks of what's playing in Lakeview: At Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark): “Carnage”:...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 9:21 AM
Now that the elections are over, what's good on TV?
There are many fine and steamy political dramas set in Chicago. "The Good Wife" and "Boss" are two of my favorites. Yet these shows, like so many others, revolve around white characters. If the...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 12:32 AM
Good news and bad news regarding the latest mumblecore film from brothers Jay and Mark Duplass. The good news is that it’s their best movie yet. The bad news is…it’s not that great a film.
Jeff musing on what the purpose in life is...
| Apr 6, 2012
| 12:18 PM
The stars of television's "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job" get a bigger budget - and more of the same complications - with this comedy.
They quickly manage to make waste of the funds they were given to film a movie, then see a way to make it back...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 5:44 PM
If any of us wondered if celebrities would still visit Chicago after “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended in May, we now have our answer.
Chicago is still a popular destination for film projects — which this year included “Man of...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 6:02 PM
Structurally, Roman Polanski's “Carnage” hearkens back to his first feature, “Knife in the Water” (1962). “When a handful of people are stuck in a confined space, the layers of civilized social convention are peeled away,...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 7:11 PM
"The Darkest Hour" is the latest film to focus on the invasion of Earth by aliens from outer space.
The strange invaders are without any solid form. They appear as shape-shifting units of powerful glowing energy. They float down from the sky looking very...
| Jan 12, 2012
Filming a play usually means making it less hermetic by "opening up the action," allowing the characters to take their dialogue for a walk, or a drive — something conventionally cinematic.
"Carnage" has no time for those diversionary tactics. Taken...
| Oct 18, 2012
Zero stars (out of four)
Without referencing early 1990s rappers Kris Kross, I see no way to write a less-menacing tagline than the one on the poster for “Alex Cross”: “Don’t ever cross Alex Cross.”
This thriller plays like...
| Nov 1, 2012
*** (out of four)
Anyone who has ever possessed a weakness for candy and/or video games will want to jump inside “Wreck-It Ralph,” a sweet, colorful 3-D animated feature that finds Disney passing its stuck-in-a-rut partners at Pixar (“...