| Oct 11, 2012
| 2:19 PM
“There are so many times in my life,” filmmaker Rory Kennedy tells her sister Courtney in the movie “Ethel,” “where people have said, ‘I want to introduce Robert Kennedy's daughter. ...” To which her sibling...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 12:26 PM
Someday, someone's going to make a film called "Easy Money" or its equivalent and its characters will encounter zero trouble en route to massive wealth and endless sunshine on a beach somewhere.
Meantime we have this "Easy Money," from Sweden and based...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 7:46 AM
There's a nerve-racking sequence set in the late 1990s in co-writer and director Ira Sachs' "Keep the Lights On" when Erik, the Danish expatriate filmmaker living in Manhattan played by Thure Lindhardt, is on the telephone, trying to extract information...
| Aug 31, 2012
One night in a La Quinta motel room, comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia jumped through a second-story window while acting out one of his dreams, ending up in the hospital with a leg full of broken glass. Well, it's a living. Since then he has...
| Sep 8, 2012
| 8:54 AM
Here's a Day 2 recap from the Toronto International Film Festival. Everybody sees a different slate of movies each day here. Friday went this way: After the gamer-oriented slaughter of “Dredd 3D,” the fanciful and tricksy theatrics of director...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 1:47 PM
When Phylicia Rashad was cast as a replacement Violet Weston in Anna D. Shapiro's Broadway production of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County," the Broadway gossip boards were abuzz with the notion of casting an African-American actress, best known for...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 10:54 AM
Already open in New York and Los Angeles and going into general release Friday, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's strange, audacious drama "The Master" evokes a feverish state of mind more than a conventional movie, though its story can be...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 1:52 PM
"You didn't really have (to) think much for yourself," a nun says of her early years, in the new documentary "Band of Sisters," which has its world premiere at the Siskel Film Center this week. "All that went unchanged for years and years and years...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 3:20 PM
From a terrible epidemic comes a beautiful documentary. More than any other nonfiction work I've seen, with far-reaching intelligence and grace, David France's "How to Survive a Plague" relays what happened in the early years of AIDS. And what didn't...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 3:07 PM
The 2012 Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition, now in its sixth year, gets under way this weekend. Of the finalists to be screened Friday, the strongest entry may also have the toughest time gaining traction with the jury panel, which includes talent...
| Feb 24, 2012
Coming after the great "Boxing Gym" (2010), which revealed a universe of sweaty truth inside an Austin, Texas, punching-bag emporium, documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's"Crazy Horse" settles for a bit less. The subject is smaller and, weirdly,...