| Oct 12, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's "Unknown Pleasures," "The World" and "24 City" have been celebrated by critics and on the international festival circuit, but his work has yet to break through with a wider audience in America. That might change with his...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 6:12 PM
"Inside Llewyn Davis" takes place in 1961 in the Greenwich Village acoustic folk scene as it approaches a musical nervous breakdown. The movie opens commercially Dec. 20. But Chicago area fans of the Coen brothers don't have to wait that long. They can...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 2:30 AM
"ALL IS LOST, but then all is not lost if one can have Robert Redford kneeling down at their feet talking about his new movie," said my writer/director friend Linda Yellen, at the recent opening of Redford's new movie "All Is Lost" at Lincoln Center.
| Oct 8, 2013
| 3:19 PM
NEW YORK — Since it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May, "Nebraska" has had a strange ride. The Alexander Payne father-son road-trip dramedy was greeted on the Croisette with an enthusiastic public screening but some mixed reviews....
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:26 AM
There are all kinds of film festivals and almost every one hands out some sort of award.
But even with virtually every major city on the planet now hosting a trophy-dispensing movie gathering, there's still just one honor that truly matters: the People'...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 11:25 AM
A record 76 movies will vie for the 2014 foreign-language Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday, and the race looks to be wide open. Yet even as the narrowing-down to five final nominees has barely begun, the seemingly...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Patrice Chereau, the French director of opera, theater and films such as "Queen Margot" and "Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train," died Monday in Paris of lung cancer. He was 68.
A screenwriter and actor as well, Chereau was director of the Theatre...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 6:27 AM
This column is not about the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. We'll be writing about that Sunday, and then again next week, closer to Thursday's opening night.
But here's an interesting fact regarding this year's festival: Not a single...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 3:56 PM
Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” won't be finished in time for this year's AFI Fest 2013, but programmers at the festival have added the world premiere of “Out of the Furnace” to this fall's gathering.
The festival also...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"SPECIAL EFFECTS and 3-D will not dazzle on their own merits forever; novelty wears off in the face of exposure to excellence. Sequels will just have to get better and cost less if they are to survive into the future."
So writes producer Lynda Obst in...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 1:32 PM
TORONTO (Reuters) - The world premiere of "The Fifth Estate," a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks, will open the 38th Toronto International Film Festival, which typically yields a number of Oscar...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 12:00 PM
When Hollywood began transitioning from black-and-white films in the early 1960s, the director Vincente Minnelli had a simple, dismissive reply to those who questioned the shift. "Color," he said, "can do anything that black-and-white can."