Movies

‘Bears’: Survival is the bare necessity

“Bears” is the Disneynature's latest nature doc with a twist. It’s more reality show than peer-reviewed research ...


‘Dom Hemingway’: So handsome, so hapless

The title character of “Dom Hemingway” is a Cockney safecracker, played with gusto by Jude Law. ...


ECC to host Latino Film Festival for second year

Elgin Community College will host the Chicago Latino Film Festival for the second year in a row.


‘Joe’: Deeply moving and different

In a career that has lurched from the heights of “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Adaptation” ...


Morgan Freeman talks lemurs

Morgan Freeman has been in the acting game for decades. Most American viewers first caught ...


‘Le Week-end’ serves up deft humor, insight

“Le Week-End” begins on a train, which in this case is conveying Meg and Nick to Paris ...


‘Big Men’ tells a riveting story

Documentarian Rachel Boynton must have some serious powers of persuasion. ...


‘Noah’: Audacious adaptation of one of Bible’s most enigmatic chapters

Be warned – anyone familiar with the 500-year-old man and his ark may need to check their visualizations at the door ...


‘Divergent’: This time, it cuts to the quick

It’s rare that a movie is as good as the book on which it’s based. It’s even more unusual when it’s better. ...


‘Bad Words’ is wonderfully good

Don’t let the fact that this is a comedy about kids’ spelling bees turn you off. It’s a movie that’s equally nasty and funny...


‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ is Wes Anderson at his best

Writer-director Wes Anderson’s madcap confection “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is easily the fastidious ...


Filmmakers share insights in Geneva

Given the choice between attending the Academy Awards and participating in a roundtable...


‘Visitors’: For viewers, a cinematic trance

“Visitors,” the transfixing new movie from filmmaker Godfrey Reggio, opens with...


‘Tim’s Vermeer’: Is it painting or a process?

What if Johannes Vermeer were a machine? That’s the question posed by Tim Jenison in “Tim’s Vermeer,” a highly watchable...


‘The Lego Movie’: Throwing out the booklet

There are so many things to like about “The Lego Movie”: a great voice cast, clever dialogue...


Planit 5: Things to do in and around Kane County

Sarah Colonna comedy show, "Monuments Men" military re-enactment, and more...


Farmiga, Garcia give ‘At Middleton’ a passing grade

College-set romances traditionally major in minors expelling hormones and vomit in massive quantities. Not “At Middleton.”


‘Hours’: Paul Walker gives touching performance in one of his final roles

“Hours” is a small film, and would likely not be getting the modest attention it is were it not for the death of its star, Paul Walker...


Oscar nominee Jared Leto talks about the film ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Of the many praises that could be sung about the acting talents of Jared Leto...


Oscar snubs: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ Redford and Winfrey deserved better

When the 2014 Academy Awards nominees were announced early Thursday, all ears were attuned...


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