I had hoped Aaron Schneider’s “Greyhound” would be a thrilling WWII epic, buoyed by strong performances, rich production values and the best modern special effects to bring this seagoing battle film to life. I wasn’t disappointed on any of these counts.
Normally, a crowd of 50 for a show at the 1,525-seat Virginia Theatre would not sit well with longtime director Steven Bentz.
Picking up from last week, we assembled another panel of 10 to guide us through the news-packed year that was 1980
As if cable television didn’t already provide a bewildering array of programming (where you still can’t find anything to watch), now multiple streaming services are coming online to dazzle your eyes and empty your wallet.
Kevin Bacon has been around quite a while, so much so that we take him for granted.
You can take it with you. Ever improving technology offers a variety of portable computing options from jumbo smartphones to tablets to a range of Windows and Mac laptops. Each fills a niche as our needs for communication and computing vary.
Jon Stewart’s “Irresistible” is a noble effort that requires a great deal of patience. A modern piece of Capracorn, this broadside aimed at our current political arena premieres with the odds stacked against it. I don’t think I’m the only one who’s tired of the contentious nature of the mode…
I always appreciate when actors get out of their comfort zone, taking on a role unlike any they’ve done before or signing up for a project knowing they’ll have to carry most of the load to make it work. Two of the more impressive examples of the latter we’ve seen in recent years include the …
You can get still get some of the feel of that sort of experience — listening to accomplished filmmakers discussing their films with knowledgeable interlocutors — online from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Looking to maintain their dominance of the global box office, Disney has gone into the “Harry Potter” business with “Artemis Fowl,” another popular YA series featuring a dynamic male protagonist traipsing about a magical world with a group of eccentrics at his side. What with eight books in …
Normally, we reserve this space for the latest whizbang technologies and devices. Today, we veer to how this gear reaches you. Neighbors create community. Local merchants enrich our community, and they are your neighbors. In an era when big box stores obliterate local merchants, three locall…
Sometimes, a performer’s sense of charm and charisma can salvage a sketchy script. Such is the case with Carl Hunter’s “Sometimes, Always, Never,” a slight dramedy that, at its core, has a reasonably interesting premise yet is sorely in need of a nip here and a tuck there. Be that as it may,…
Much of what we hear about the environment these days is doom and gloom. The ozone layer is hopelessly damaged and depleted, the greenhouse effect is not being curbed, deforestation is a scourge that continues unabated and the disposal of waste is a continuing challenge.
The National Association of Theatre Owners of Illinois unsuccessfully urged Gov. J.B. Pritzker to include theaters in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plans.
As I get older and pass one parenting milestone after another — my 15-year-old soon-to-be-driving son is as tall as I am now — I often wish I could talk to my parents. They both died too young, and I wish that I could ask their advice, but more importantly, thank them for the sacrifices they…
Much like Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy, Michael Winterbottom’s “Trip” films have a fly-on-the-wall aesthetic that creates a sense of eavesdropping on the viewer’s part.
Director Quentin Dupieux’s script is smart in the way it subtly shows how a descent into madness is a slow progression, a sequence of inconsequential acts that seem logical to the person doing them yet culminate in what outsiders regard as madness.
“You can never be too rich ...” according to Wallace Simpson. Apply that to internet bandwidth, of which you can never have too much.
Special-event planners at the UI are hoping that he and thousands of other graduates can derive a few minutes of pleasure from a virtual commencement Saturday.
There’s a good movie trapped inside writer/director Clark Duke's frustrating debut that contains two distinct narratives, one compelling, the other ... not so much.