| Mar 12, 2009
| 9:37 AM
| Dec 2, 2013
| 7:50 AM
When there is more turkey on the table, there are fewer turkeys in the theater.
In other words, it's December again.
This is the time of year when Hollywood releases a glut of superior product on a suspecting public. You stuffed your face at...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:27 AM
Consider it a war on Christmas — a war waged by big movies, determined to augment (or steal away) our seasonal down-time. The films opening Dec. 25, 2013 include "Grudge Match," with Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone trading on their Jake...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 1:19 PM
A great beard can be a delicate thing.
There is a fine line between a facial masterpiece and a catastrophe on your face.
You can't go wrong with a carefully groomed beard, but sometimes letting your facial hair go wild can look just as good.
| Nov 18, 2013
| 9:20 AM
MINNEAPOLIS The last six weeks of the year are stacking up as a flurry of serious Oscars bait and big-budget sequels. Here are a bunch I'm anticipating.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
Francis ("I Am Legend") Lawrence takes the directing reins from...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 6:12 PM
"Inside Llewyn Davis" takes place in 1961 in the Greenwich Village acoustic folk scene as it approaches a musical nervous breakdown. The movie opens commercially Dec. 20. But Chicago area fans of the Coen brothers don't have to wait that long. They can...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 9:14 AM
Curator? "Nah. I never use that word," says a smiling Chicago International Film Festival founder and artistic director Michael Kutza, now in his 49th year of running the show. The show, as he sees it, used to be a one-man show; now it's a team effort....
| Sep 19, 2013
| 10:54 AM
With director and co-writer James Gray in attendance, the period drama “The Immigrant” will open the 49th Chicago International Film Festival Oct. 10 at the Chicago Theatre. It’s the centerpiece of a gala to be dedicated to the late...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 6:30 PM
| Aug 7, 2013
| 4:30 PM
| Jul 15, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Years ago, I attended an outdoor festival organized by a vegan friend at which Veggie Grill had agreed to hand out food samples. One passerby tried something from the tray — a soy chicken strip, maybe — and remarked how delicious it was. "See?...