| Mar 20, 2014
| 10:30 AM
What would you do for $500? For $15,000? For $250,000? That's the engine behind "Cheap Thrills," which begins as a simple "guy walks into a bar" story and snowballs into a mind-blowing little horror show.
Directed with screw-tightening efficiency by E....
| Apr 8, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Opening Friday, "Cheap Thrills" is filled with disturbing behavior as Craig (Chicago native Pat Healy) and his old friend Vince (Ethan Embry) earn cash in a series of escalating games overseen by a wealthy couple (David Koechner, Sara Paxton). Yet the...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 12:38 PM
It starts with a trip to the bar to drown his sorrows, or at least steel his courage. Craig (Pat Healy) has been laid off. How can he tell his wife (Amanda Fuller) that they're about to be evicted? How will he support her and their baby?
| Apr 10, 2014
| 1:22 PM
The historic Patio Theater in Portage Park has been in Demetri Kouvalis' family since 1987. His father ran the movie theater until 2001, when the air conditioning broke.
The repairs were more than the family could afford, and the theater, built in 1927,...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The 2014 winter-spring movie preview is a broad overview of films opening through late April. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change.
FOR THE RECORD:
Movie previews: A listing in the...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 8:43 AM
When Alan Arkin signed on to "In Security," he wanted to play only one role.
A motorcycle cop.
"He wanted the boots, helmet, glasses and leather jacket — he wanted to look good," said Evan Beamer, who co-directed the movie along with his older...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 11:06 PM
Max and Jake Caliger were in for a treat at the Newport Beach Film Festival opening Thursday.
The Newport Beach residents, who are 12 and 13 years old, respectively, arrived early at the Edwards Big Newport 6 to see their favorite band, Green Day....
| Apr 25, 2013
| 2:35 PM
Highlights for Friday at the Newport Beach Film Festival:
The Secret Disco Revolution
Documentary by Jamie Kastner about the music-and-dance scene of the 1970s. 5:45 p.m.; Island Cinema 7.
Dusty's Trail: Summit of Borneo
| Sep 4, 2011
All's Faire in Love
A college football star has to make up for his many absences by working at a Renaissance fair, where he falls for an aspiring actress. With Christina Ricci, Owen Benjamin, Cedric the Entertainer and Matthew Lillard. Written...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 9:37 PM
Saturday's TV Highlights: 'Mr. Popper’s Penguins' on HBO...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 4:40 PM
These days the WWE Studios are emptying out their inventory of movies championed by their now-dismissed studio chief, Mike Pavone. Pavone led them in a family-friend direction, away from the blood and guts actioners that weren't doing any business. Under...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 1:37 PM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Ethan Embry was born in Huntington Beach, Calif., on this day in 1978. This birthday guy may be best known for starring as Declan Giggs on the series "Brotherhood." Currently, he appears in a recurring role on "Fairly Legal." On the...