| Mar 12, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Wes Anderson came to Chicago at the beginning of the month to promote his new film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel." He arrived by train, stopping on his way from Los Angeles to New York, where he lives. He even had his own private train car. Now, you might...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The World 3-D Film Expo III, which opens Friday and continues through Sept. 15 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, has lined up some of the well-known classics of the format's heyday 60 years ago, including 1953's "House of Wax" with Vincent Price,...
| Nov 15, 2013
Re "A rapid-fire surge in PG-13 violence," Nov. 12
Many film and television producers are wrong to think that the content of a film or a TV program has no effect on the viewers.
Violence does not satirize the media culture; it succumbs to it, idolizes...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 4:00 PM
It had been only two years since I'd graduated film school, and I was beginning to get quite serious about a girl who was at UC Davis studying life sciences. Robin had a bright, empirical mind, balanced by a kind, adventurous personality, and I was in...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:30 PM
In "Jaws," Steven Spielberg realized it was more frightening to withhold the shark than to show it. With "History of Fear," budding Argentine helmer Benjamin Naishtat takes that tactic one step further, delivering a tense sociological thriller in which he...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Scott Cooper is an actor's director.
That term may be thrown around a lot, but the actor-turned-writer-director-producer truly fits the bill. After an "unremarkable career as an actor" ("I wasn't going to have Matt's career, Ben's or Jude's or all...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 8:30 AM
When a movie has little dialogue and even fewer sound effects, what keeps the audience tethered emotionally to the story? And how can a film seamlessly blend the idea of death and a child's wide-eyed wonderment? Through its music, of course. Here are four...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The first thing you notice about the short film is that you never hear dialogue, only the dreamy, Daniel Lanois-type score. Instead, it's subtitled — even though the actors appear to be speaking in English.
In the opening scenes, a young woman...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 5:00 AM
By 1980, John Landis had a string of successes under his belt — including "The Kentucky Fried Movie," "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers" — but the writer-director had long been unable to get his script for "An American Werewolf in London"...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 10:00 AM
Not a guy to mince words, two-fisted writer-director Samuel Fuller began (and ended) his tabloid classic "Shock Corridor" with a spurious quote from Euripides: "Whom God wishes to destroy he first makes mad." But he might just have well taken his epigraph...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 2:30 PM
With all due respect to Johnny Depp and Errol Flynn, piracy is a lot more complicated than Hollywood makes it look. How refreshing, therefore, that Paul Greengrass and company go out of their way to provide valuable context while also avoiding reductive...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 3:39 PM
It's a big weekend for composer John Williams. Not only is he conducting his annual concert at the Hollywood Bowl -- "John Williams: Maestro of the Movies," Friday and Saturday evenings with special guest narrator Julie Andrews -- the Hollywood Museum...