| Oct 9, 2012
| 12:41 PM
It's no secret that Massachusetts native Ben Affleck loves Boston. After all, "Good Will Hunting" — the film that put him and Matt Damon on the Hollywood map — was set there, as were his first two directorial efforts, "Gone Baby Gone" and "The...
| Oct 11, 2012
*** (out of four)
It’s not easy to make a reality-based, political, action-comedy that stretches from Tinseltown to Tehran and covers everything from Hollywood satire to public hangings.
In his first directorial effort not set in Boston, Ben...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 5:57 AM
The propulsive hostage thriller "Argo," the third feature directed by Ben Affleck, just plain works. It's heartening to encounter a film, based on fact but happy to include all sorts of exciting fictions to amp up the suspense, whose entertainment...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 6:17 PM
Argo * * *
Ben Affleck carga fama de ser un actor que trabaja en películas malas, pero lo cierto es que el artista posee gran talento como actor y como director. La prueba contundente es Argo, drama político dirigido y protagonizado por Affleck que...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 12:29 AM
This is one of the best movies of the year, but it’s also a flawed film. There comes a point where all the cutesy stuff they do, and the “Arrr, go f*** yourself!” joke gets tired. That being said…I was on the edge of my seat the...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 5:31 AM
The 48th annual Chicago International Film Festival is underway.
175 films from 50 countries will be shown between now and October 25th.
On Thursday night, it all kicked off with a star-studded opening night at the Harris Theater. Celebrities like...
| Feb 23, 2013
While it's true that there's only so much anyone can say about the Oscars, remember it can be said again and again. As a reader (and writer), I know by now that there are 10 abiding Oscar stories. Here they are, all in a single article:
| Oct 18, 2012
| 5:28 PM
It's a mark of great film-making when the retelling of history, with a known outcome, seizes us with suspense. Such is the case with "Argo," which had my heart racing within the first five minutes thanks to Ben Affleck's smart direction.
It opens with...
| Oct 21, 2012
For the 48th Chicago International Film Festival's opening night Oct. 11, attendees were treated to a star-filled red carpet at the Harris Theater that included Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Jon Bon Jovi. Academy Award-winning producer Tom...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 9:39 AM
A modest proposal: Movies exploring some aspect of American history, such as “Argo,” “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” should leave off the “based on a true story” or “inspired by true events”...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 2:25 PM
Jim Carrey walked the red carpet at "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" premiere Monday night wearing shiny silver boots, gold Elvis-style sunglasses and a white jacket. Hordes of screaming fans along Hollywood Boulevard in front of TCL Chinese Theater made...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 2:16 PM
What is it with Hollywood and hyperbole these days? Last week saw "Oz the Great and Powerful" and now we have "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." Calling it "The Mildly Diverting Burt Wonderstone" would have been more accurate, but how many tickets is that...