| Sep 25, 2011
Fear of epidemics is spreading from movie theater to movie theater, with "Contagion" all over the screen. But real-life epidemics have been reported recently as well — measles in Somalia, dengue fever in Pakistan, encephalitis in India. Here are...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 9:44 PM
"Contagion" is the latest film about a deadly virus that threatens humankind. It borrows from movies like "Outbreak" and "The Andromeda Strain." But the basic concept goes all the way back to the real Black Death of the Middle Ages.
A healthy person...
| Sep 13, 2011
| 2:39 PM
No doubt about it, virus movies are a tough sell.
I'm not talking about action movies where the bad guy threatens to unleash a deadly virus and the hero has to stop him by riding a motorcycle and causing explosions.
I'm talking about movies that...
| Sep 7, 2011
| 10:00 PM
*** (out of four)
A woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) lies dead on an examination table. Her head has been opened up to reveal not congealed self-satisfaction and vegan muffins (like in Paltrow’s actual head) but evidence that a new disease has done some...
| Nov 30, 2011
A visitor would expect to see the latest weapons in the battle against heart disease or cancer at the new Rush University Medical Center.
But the hospital — which will give the public a sneak preview Dec. 10 — is also stocked with an...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 1:05 AM
2-D and 3-D
Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson are the titular trio, made a quartet by the addition of the hot-headed D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) and facing off against baddies played by Christoph Waltz and Orlando...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 7:31 AM
The first screening of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" came just weeks after the attacks of Sept. 11. The movie had been in the works for years, the first in a trilogy based on novels that had been written decades earlier, of course,...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 1:05 AM
Editor's note: The Artist, the recipient of 10 Oscar nominations, opens Friday at the Capitol Theatre, 415 S. Main St. Showings are at 7:30 each night. Admission is $8. The film is rated PG-13 and runs 100 minutes. The odds are good that it will run two...