| Jun 21, 2013
| 2:13 PM
The big-budget "World War Z" (directed by Marc Forster from Max Brooks's novel) is first and foremost an old-fashioned zombie movie. It makes no rotting bones about it. In the 45 years since George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" — whose...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 12:45 PM
The fifth season of HBO's vampire series "True Blood" maintained its spot atop the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart, while the action crime film "Gangster Squad" knocked off Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher" to take the top spot in rentals.
Here are the top...
| May 12, 2013
| 7:00 AM
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Directors Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer do something daring with their adaptation of David Mitchell's bestseller "Cloud Atlas" — the same core cast...
| Oct 25, 2012
A big-budget film's marketing mission is simple: Eliminate the idea of an unsuspecting audience. Did people know what they were getting when they got "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"? Yes. They got what they were shown in the 30-second ads, over and...
| Oct 25, 2012
| 12:15 PM
A sports drama, a teen comedy, a horror flick and a multi-century epic are all hitting theaters this weekend, but none look like they will be a major draw for moviegoers.
Of the four films debuting, "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" seems to have the best...
| Oct 28, 2012
| 9:02 AM
Moviegoers had four new films to choose from at the box office this weekend, but "Argo" — the well-reviewed film that has been out for 17 days — still seemed like a better option to most.
Ben Affleck's political thriller claimed the top...
| Oct 29, 2012
| 8:26 AM
Is the Chicago International Film Festival good, good enough or not quite that?
This is the question. This is the question to be asked of any festival, every perennial cultural mainstay in every city. It's the way to keep us all honest, whatever dog we...
| Oct 31, 2012
| 4:33 PM
"Cloud Atlas" is a magnificent patchwork quilt of a movie. It crosses several film genres sprawling across many centuries of time and space. It boggles your mind with dazzling visuals. It features heart-pounding action with sometimes graphic violence....
| Sep 10, 2012
In "Argo," one of the leanest satisfactions of this year's massive Toronto International Film Festival, director and star Ben Affleck anchors a movie based on the true story about how Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez faked his way into...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 1:51 PM
With its founder Michael Kutza nearing his half-century mark as leader, the Chicago International Film Festival announced its 48th edition slate Thursday. Heavily concentrated, as it has been in recent years, at the downtown AMC River East 21 multiplex,...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 1:17 PM
“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” would have to pull a rabbit out of its hat to avoid a disappearing act at the box office.
Despite its bigger budget and higher-profile cast, the magic comedy starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey will have to...
| Feb 23, 2013
In general, I like to keep my books and my movies separate. When I finish a book and clutch it to my breast in a final loving embrace, I am not fantasizing about how the characters and conflict will play out on screen, since I've already had it play out...