| Sep 20, 2012
| 9:21 PM
"Resident Evil: Retribution" is the fifth movie in a very successful franchise that began as a series of apocalyptic Japanese video games. The surreal sci-fi adventure blends "Aliens" and "The Matrix" with "Blade Runner" overtones. For good measure,...
| Sep 10, 2012
In "Argo," one of the leanest satisfactions of this year's massive Toronto International Film Festival, director and star Ben Affleck anchors a movie based on the true story about how Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez faked his way into...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 5:10 PM
"I used to spend summers with Uncle Nick as a kid," Pissios, a former real estate developer, tells me. He hung around the Cinespace Toronto soundstages. "That's how this whole thing happened. A few years ago, I was building condominiums by the United...
| Apr 6, 2012
| 12:13 PM
While never a ratings blockbuster for NBC, this spy saga had a devoted following that kept it afloat through a run that ended earlier this year. The final episodes pose fresh dilemmas for unlikely espionage operative Chuck (Zachary Levi) in his...
| Feb 26, 2012
| 6:00 PM
Billy Crystal and LeBron James ain't got nothing on a zombie being shot in the head through another zombie's head!
The producers of "The Walking Dead"had to compete against both the NBA All-Star Game(Dumb) and the Oscars (Plum dumb) on Sunday night,...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 10:12 AM
Some of the best times of my life have been spent lost in an epic fantasy adventure. From "Little Red Riding Hood" (epic to a preschooler) to "The Lord of the Rings" to "Harry Potter," there's something thrilling about simple worlds where good is good and...
| Nov 7, 2011
During four decades as a quintessential Chicago ad man, Ron Bess has steered campaigns for clients from McDonald's to Gatorade while climbing the ranks at some of the city's most prominent agencies.
Bess, a natural pitchman, well-schooled leader and...
| Sep 22, 2011
| 12:37 PM
The parade of Marvel Comics heroes who got big-screen treatment during the summer wrapped up with this earnest adventure, set during the World War II era the title character originally belonged to. After his "Fantastic Four" rounds as another Marvel-ous...
| Aug 27, 2011
An Idaho resort hotel's verdure is not the wild tumble around W.S. Merwin's beloved Hawaiian home, but disciplined grass and orderly stands of trees. Not, perhaps, the sort of trees Merwin had in mind when he wrote, "On the last day of the world I would...
| Aug 13, 2011
This is a Klein bottle, a kind of Mobius strip rendered in glass. The man holding it has a brain not unlike these confounding items, possessed of unusual twists and multidimensional turns that can be challenging for lesser mortals to get their own heads...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 1:30 PM
For actor Hugo Weaving, the distance between his farm in Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles isn't just 7,500 miles, give or take. It's the distance between his identities as a pop culture icon and as a conservatory-trained actor who revels in the classical...