| May 1, 2011
A once-successful toy executive and family man suffering from depression begins communicating through a beaver hand puppet. With Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Anton Yelchin. Written by Kyle Killen. Directed by Foster. Summit...
| Jul 29, 2010
Shout Factory / 1978 / 93 min. / R
In the summer of 1975, Steven Spielberg's JAWS not only changed the way Hollywood does business, it spawned a sharp-toothed array of cinematic imitators. From ORCA: THE KILLER WHALE to ALLIGATOR...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 1:18 PM
West Virginia may be known in popular song as "Almost Heaven," but it's a state that's seen more than its share of hell.
A vicious gunfight in the streets of a small town, two men assassinated on the courthouse steps in front of their wives, coal company...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 5:04 PM
Does the term "literary rock 'n' roll" sound like an oxymoron? When you hear the word "reading," do you think of a self-important blowhard droning on while you snooze?
Each year since 1996, the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago...
| Aug 19, 2011
In his 17th feature, indie stalwart John Sayles sheds welcome light on a long-suppressed episode in American foreign policy. Uneven but ultimately affecting, "Amigo" looks at the Philippine-American War, an often brutal adventure in imperialism at the...
| Oct 21, 2011
| 11:33 AM
When a war movie comes out, comparisons always come up with current events. Certainly there are parallels to Iraq and Afghanistan in this little known piece of American history – the Philippine-American war in the early 1900s.
Well known Filipino...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 11:42 AM
In case you missed it and have some free time this afternoon/evening:
Independent filmmaker and author John Sayles (Matewan, Eight Men Out, Sunshine State) will personally introduce a screening of his new movie Amigo this afternoon at 5:30 p.m....
| May 15, 2011
Words & Ideas
April Dammann: The author of "Exhibitionist: Earl Stendahl, Art Dealer as Impresario" will discuss and sign her new book. Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., L.A. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 576-9960.
Betty White: The Emmy-winning actress...
| May 13, 2011
| 1:15 PM
"A Moment in the Sun"
By John Sayles
McSweeney's, 968 pages, $29
John Sayles may be better known as a filmmaker ("Lone Star," "Eight Men Out" and my favorite, "Return of the Secaucus 7") than as a novelist, but this drama spanning five years, and...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 2:58 PM
As 2011 comes to a close, we take a minute to reflect on the year's best in the world of publishing. Here is the list of our favorites, all published this year:
"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
This gorgeous novel portrays the whirlwind...
| May 22, 2011
W.W. Norton: $24.95
When a mediocre writer's bride-to-be leaves him to search for a legendary giant squid, he treks across the continent seeking counsel from nefarious creatures on how to win back her affections. (August)...