| 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
| 6:48 AM
The most quietly terrifying presence in film today belongs to a gray-haired, 64-year-old French actor with a Danish name. If you are familiar with Niels Arestrup's work, you don't need any convincing. If you're not, "You Will Be My Son" is all the...
| 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...
| 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, 2013
Light has a life if its own in Alice McDermott’s new novel, “Someone,” her first in seven years. But, like her book’s tough Irish immigrant women of Brooklyn in seemingly constant labor, she births it slowly at first, casting it...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 8:54 AM
Richard Linklater works out of an office at the Austin Studios lot in Texas, a vast expanse of concrete and converted airplane hangars that was once, some 25 years back, the main airport in town, where experimental filmmaker James Benning flew at the...
| 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 23, 2013
| 5:15 PM
At the Music Box Theatre this week: Total darkness. Pitch-black morality tales. Sinister ethical swamps. Nights in the city, shadowy and foggy and chalk-outlined in tension.
For its fifth annual retrospective, "Noir City: Chicago," sponsored by the Film...