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Archive for September, 2013

Ben Affleck Talks Batman

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

TRAILER: ‘Gravity’

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

FIRST LOOK: ‘Great Expectations’

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Isaiah Washington talks “Blue Caprice”

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johanson Talk ‘Don Jon’

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan in Studio

Saturday, September 14th, 2013


‘The Family’: Brutality’s in their blood

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

In most mob movies, the gangsters try to maintain some distance between business and family life.

Remember Michael Corleone telling Kay she could ask him about his business, just this one time?

Oh sure, in most Mafia films the wife might know the true nature of her husband’s dealings, and the children (or at least the sons) often will have the opportunity to join the family business — but only after they’ve reached a certain age.

Not so with Giovanni Manzoni, his wife and children in Luc Besson’s “The Family.” Giovanni (Robert De Niro) is a second-generation mobster turned informant, now in the Witness Protection Program, but his wife, Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), his 17-year-old daughter, Belle, and his 14-year-old son, Warren, share Giovanni’s hair-trigger temper and his penchant for solving just about any dilemma with brutal violence.



REVIEW: ‘Short Term 12’ wise beyond its years

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

You will not see “Short Term 12” among the marquee menu choices in most theaters, but you owe it to yourself to see this film, either at one of the four Chicago-area venues where it is playing or when it becomes available for home viewing.

It’s one of the best movies of the year and one of the truest portrayals I’ve ever seen about troubled teens and the people who dedicate their lives to trying to help them.

If that sounds like a homework assignment or an indie-fied “Afterschool Special,” it’s not. Although some of the kids in this film are going through some serious … stuff (as are some of the young adults counseling them) and there are some deeply intense passages, “Short Term 12” is also slyly funny, graceful, tender and peppered with moments of small joy.



REVIEW: Marriage, stripped down

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

The biggest problem with “Afternoon Delight” is if these were the people in your neighborhood, you’d start looking for another neighborhood.

Just about everyone in this film — including the people we’re supposed to like or at least want to spend time with — is self-absorbed, whiny and depressed.

Even the kids seem about one tantrum away from medicated assistance.

Kathryn Hahn is an actress known mostly for deftly played supporting characters on TV shows such as “Parks and Recreation” and “Girls,” and in movies such as “We’re the Millers.” She can be very funny.


My New Role …

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Roeper gets top billing on Sun-Times movie marquee


Roger Ebert’s void at Chicago Sun-Times to be filled by movie critic Richard Roeper


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