| Aug 29, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Buried in the moral rubble of "The Attack," a fine new political mystery and cunning portrait of a secret-clad marriage, there's an enormous riddle the filmmakers are smart enough to answer without overexplanation, because you never really know people....
| Aug 8, 2013
| 6:56 AM
It was one of the top 10 grossing films of 1976, but "Murder By Death" has the feel of something Neil Simon and his brother Danny might have cooked up for Sid Caesar during their days writing for "Your Show of Shows" in the '50s: Assemble a group of well-...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 2:30 PM
We've reached it. We've now reached the amnesiac point in film culture when Michelangelo Antonioni's "L'Avventura" (1960) can return to a big screen, in a restored 35 mm print courtesy of Janus Films, and confound audiences anew. The...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 7:31 AM
Of the five films nominated for the best documentary Oscar this year, two of them — "How to Survive a Plague" and "The Invisible War" — got funding and support from Good Pitch. Two out of five. Talk about validation. Launched in the UK about...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Yes, you could watch several of the Chicago comedy pilots selected for this year's New York Television Festival on the web for free, without going to the Music Box Theatre Tuesday night to see all six of them.
But where's the communal experience in...
| Oct 3, 2013
*** (out of four)
Stress and anger turn Bruce Banner into a giant green killer. It’s sort of the same for Duncan (Ken Marino) in “Bad Milo!” The only little difference is that Duncan’s displeasure manifests itself into a demon...
| Jul 12, 2013
It took the cringe-humor masterpiece of HBO's long-running "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to finally give Chicago-style improv a measure of TV legitimacy. The easygoing yin to Larry David's irascible yang, Second City alum Jeff Garlin carries that same approach...
| Sep 30, 2013
***1/2 (out of four)
You don’t have to be able to properly work a table saw (I can’t) or be in the market for a custom-made chair (I’m not) to buy what “Parks and Recreation” star/woodshop owner Nick Offerman is selling in...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 1:54 PM
Very little in the movies is harder to get right than very recent history. "Computer Chess," a fantastically deadpan comedy from the writer-director Andrew Bujalski, gets its chosen corner of the early 1980s very, very right — and on a wee budget,...
| Sep 15, 2011
A formal marvel carved from, and around, a narrative whopper, Raul Ruiz's adaptation of the mid-19th century Portuguese novel "Mysteries of Lisbon" arrives in U.S. theaters as a two-part, four-hour version edited down from a six-hour version produced...
| Oct 6, 2012
In recent weeks the nervous future of the movies, as a business and as an occasional, accidental art form, has been subjected to unusually heavy scrutiny and speculation online and in print. This comes after an Oscar-sanctified movie year in which...