| Sep 6, 2013
| 3:09 PM
Musical biographies are as common in Chicago as family fiddlers on Highway 76 in Branson, Mo., what with the likes of Northlight Theatre and Black Ensemble Theater churning them out here with regularity (BET does almost nothing else), and "Million...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 11:35 AM
"Closed Circuit," starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall as a pair of sleek English defense attorneys who make those Old Bailey wigs look positively haute, opens with security-camera screens, first four, then eight, then 12, then 15, dispassionately...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 5:15 PM
"Closed Circuit" is a crisply enjoyable, professionally executed paranoid thriller of the "everyone is out to get us" variety. In an earlier, simpler day, its plotting would have been dismissed as far-fetched, but that was then and this is now....
| Aug 25, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Opening a week after Bradley Manning's sentencing in the U.S., where significant portions of the case were held in secret to protect national security, British courtroom thriller "Closed Circuit" challenges the validity of policies that shield key...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:16 AM
Like modern fantasy authors from Lewis Carroll, George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis to Gene Wolfe and John Crowley, Neil Gaiman writes about the worlds on the edges of this one -- just off the map, a bit to the left, inaccessible without the right mirror...
| Apr 28, 2013
The 2013 Summer Movie Preview is a snapshot of films opening through the end of August. Release dates (for Los Angeles) and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change.
FOR THE RECORD:
Sneaks list: In the...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 4:08 PM
Renata Adler's first novel, "Speedboat," published in 1976, is that kind of book. The kind you buy multiple copies of to push on friends, the kind you dog-ear and mark up until it could line a hamster cage. A talisman, a weapon, a touchstone. For me, this...
| May 10, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Since joining Curtis Brown in 1997, Nick Marston (pictured above) has led its transformation from musty literary boutique into one of Londonâ€™s largest and most dynamic talent agencies, with its own flourishing production arm.
As chairman of the...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 4:30 PM
"Senna" director Asif Kapadia is developing an untitled documentary on the late singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse with Focus Features introducing the project to buyers at Cannes.
Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, five years after rising to...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 3:15 PM
I'm usually reading four or five books at a time. At the moment, I'm in the middle of Husain Haddawy's enchanting translation of “The Arabian Nights” (forget Cervantes and Sterne — this is where postmodernism begins); Jean-Luc Marion's...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 8:23 AM
Originally published Jan. 15, 2010.
If there is anything hard about interviewing Harrison Ford, it’s that the actor has amassed such a varied filmography of legendary highs (“Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones”), genre classics (&...