| Jan 6, 2012
| 4:41 PM
ABC's "Once Upon a Time" is back with a new episode at 8 p.m. Sunday. This dramatic fantasy was one of the fall's pleasant surprises, and here's hoping it continues to flourish in the new year....
| Jan 5, 2012
| 1:14 PM
Two drunk, loud and usually obnoxious "families" are vying for viewers on the midseason TV schedule: The guidos of “Jersey Shore” and the Gallaghers of “Shameless.”
Some might say comparing a reality show to a scripted drama is...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 5:44 PM
When "Shameless" star Jeremy Allen White describes the Season 1 scene in which his character peed on his father, you have to wonder if the actor is sensitive—or demented.
"It's kind of beautiful when the father steps out of the stream of urine...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 8:28 AM
* * *1/2 (A-)
Directed by Bennett Miller
Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt, Kathryn Morris, Robin Wright, Stephen Bishop, Reed Thompson
Sony//Rated PG-13//Drama//133 minutes
Available on: DVD and...
| Nov 20, 2012
The Chicago-based Showtime dramedy "Shameless" can either be seen as a small victory for Chicago's TV and film community or a missed opportunity, depending on how you want to look at it.
The series films most of its exterior scenes in Chicago (unlike...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 11:55 AM
Hollywood Star Amy Smart has been igniting the big and small screens, but took time out to tell all about her upcoming role in the star-studded movie "7,500" and drop hints about baby plans with her hunky new husband Carter Oosterhouse.
| Oct 18, 2012
| 2:02 PM
Last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival opened with a gamble: a little-known French film with no box-office stars that was not only shot in black-and-white, but came with another layer of anachronistic provocation. It was a silent...
| Oct 24, 2012
When “The Sessions” co-star William H. Macy came to Chicago in the early 1970s, he briefly worked as a waiter at former Lincoln Park bar Le Pub. He made more money, he says, as a carpenter.
“[I would] build shelves and things like...
| Oct 25, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
For better and for worse, “The Sessions” has “crowd-pleaser” written all over it.
The dramedy, which won the audience award and a special jury prize for ensemble acting at Sundance this year, engineers a small...
| Oct 31, 2012
| 4:33 PM
"Cloud Atlas" is a magnificent patchwork quilt of a movie. It crosses several film genres sprawling across many centuries of time and space. It boggles your mind with dazzling visuals. It features heart-pounding action with sometimes graphic violence....
| Aug 23, 2012
| 7:54 AM
Chicago’s film scene is about to get a little more crowded.
“Shameless” -- the Showtime dramedy starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum --will shoot exterior scenes for its upcoming third season in the Chicago area Monday-August 31...