| Mar 5, 2013
| 9:35 AM
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced its 2013-14 season, a slate that features the first stage appearance by ensemble member Joan Allen in more than 20 years as well as a number of new works — several from lesser-known playwrights....
| Dec 11, 2012
| 4:32 AM
How many good Part 4’s can you remember? Between that, and knowing that the lead star isn’t taking part, you could be excused for thinking that The Bourne Legacy seems like a clunker from the outset. Words like “cash grab” and ...
| 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...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 10:40 PM
This might be the worst movie of the year, if you look at one thing – the cast. The list of actors in this are among the best in the business: Joan Allen, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, Rachel Weisz, Albert Finney, Scott Glenn, David Strathairn, and...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 1:18 PM
As the fourth installment of the "Bourne" franchise, "The Bourne Legacy" fails in two major ways that practically contradict each other.
The first is that it requires a sharp memory of plot details from 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum." I don't believe...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 6:29 PM
"The Bourne Legacy" (PG-13). The actions of Jason Bourne have consequences for another man with a similar secret background. With Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Albert Finney. TownMall Cinemas (1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 1:11 PM
Another covert operative plots against the agency that apparently wants to eliminate him in this expansion of the screen franchise based on Robert Ludlum's novels. Succeeding Matt Damon in the series, Jeremy Renner builds upon the action-movie cred he...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 2:25 PM
In "Gimme the Loot," a loose, disarming bit of larceny — and one of the bright offerings of the 48th Chicago International Film Festival — director Adam Leon's Bronx-bred characters live to tag. Teenage graffiti artists on the run, the friends...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 10:10 AM
Since its 1987 premiere, Lanford Wilson's drama "Burn This," about four New Yorkers coming to terms with tragedy, has been a showcase for several shades of Pale. The role of Pale, the coked-up, motor-mouthed restaurant manager who invades the Manhattan...
| 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...
| Jul 27, 2011
| 4:38 PM
Matt Damon's out, Jeremy Renner's in as the star of the Bourne movies. But there will be continuity, by cracky, something for new director Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”) and his new star (“The Hurt Locker,” “The Town”)...