| Nov 27, 2013
| 8:05 AM
It started with Jackie Robinson rounding the bases for home in "42" in the spring and is ending with Nelson Mandela leaving jail for home in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" in the winter. In between, there have been so many black-themed films that have...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 9:27 AM
Video game consoles have officially grown up.
The Ataris and Nintendos of decades past were glorified kids’ toys whose only function was to duplicate the bleeps and bloops of simplistic diversions like “Pac-Man” or “Super Mario...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 1:05 AM
The film surprises you with vast silences.
It is an emptiness that at first seems jarring to sensibilities trained to believe every moment must be crammed. By contrast, this movie takes you into moments of pregnant stillness: no movement on the screen,...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 2:41 PM
At this point “12 Years a Slave” has only its own publicity to conquer. Moviegoers reeling from “Gravity” may well approach director Steve McQueen's patient, clear-eyed and altogether extraordinary adaptation of the 1853 slave...
| Oct 17, 2013
**** (out of four)
“12 Years a Slave” is a raw, powerful film that matters, but watching it doesn’t feel like work. If this movie ever appears on a syllabus, students will look forward to class.
Adapting a horrifying true story,...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 3:17 PM
If Hollywood remains the symbolic dream factory, more than ever the Toronto International Film Festival qualifies as the dream factory's biggest buzz saw.
The movies generating the loudest, most persistent awards-season buzz at this most public of major...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Dianna Cuatto, artistic director of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, describes the troupe's forthcoming season as one she hopes will bring "the versatility, depth, energy and passion of over 30 professional dancers alive on stage."
Under Cuatto, the...
| Aug 31, 2013
Like you, I have yet not seen any of the fall movies. Nevertheless, perhaps also like you, I still have strong opinions about every single one of them. For instance: This 1970s-period Ron Howard race-car thing, "Rush" (Sept. 27)? If it's so Oscar-ready,...
| Aug 27, 2013
At a recent screening of the Quentin Tarantino film "Django Unchained" at the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein, Becky Ingram, assistant director of librarian services, said one older woman left the showing and waited outside for her husband because...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 6:30 PM
| Jul 23, 2013
| 8:30 PM