| Jun 30, 2010
| 4:22 PM
Shallow Thought Wednesday guru John Lindner sends news of a restaurant that did not live up to its billing. He wonders: "Was it me?" Here's John. LVWe hit Mimi’s Café in Elkridge after hearing raves. Mimi’s styles itself as a......
| Jan 2, 2013
| 12:58 PM
As the youngest of the Mormon elders in "The Book of Mormon," Arnold Cunningham is a case study in well-meaning ineptitude and comic confabulations that hybridize Mormon theology with geek-culture signifiers from "Star Wars" and "Lord of the Rings"...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 10:53 PM
We’ve seen these stories thousands of times, but ya know what? If you make them well, nobody will complain. That’s why this movie is getting great word of mouth and positive reviews.
The fact that the best-selling book was adapted for the...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 1:10 PM
There are raunchy, trashy, terrible movies. And then there is "Intrepidos Punks," in a class all its own. An exploitation artifact from early 1980s Mexico (there is some dispute about the film's exact date), it pits the berserk against the berserker: Punk...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 1:11 PM
Stephen Chbosky's own adaptation of his novel is a heartfelt, beautifully played treat. Logan Lerman plays a high-school freshman who feels completely out of step with others, until two stepsiblings (Emma Watson, Ezra Miller) make him a living project...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 1:26 PM
I've never been much of a fan of Frank Gallagher, the patriarch of the perpetually down-but-never-out Gallagher kids of Chicago's South Side on "Shameless" (8 p.m. CT Jan. 13, Showtime; 3 stars). But I love the show.
It's not that William H. Macy doesn't...
| Oct 24, 2012
When “The Sessions” co-star William H. Macy came to Chicago in the early 1970s, he briefly worked as a waiter at former Lincoln Park bar Le Pub. He made more money, he says, as a carpenter.
“[I would] build shelves and things like...
| Sep 6, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
Knowing that Forest Whitaker and Evanston-raised Joan Cusack lend their voices to “Toys in the Attic” actually tells you almost nothing about the film. The stars sound unrecognizable in this Czech Republic-made, stop-...
| Jan 13, 2012
| 4:32 AM
Showtime and The CW were the focus of Thursday's press sessions at the Television Critics Association (TCA) semiannual press tour in Pasadena. Showtime kicked the day off with the casts and writers for two of their hit series — Shameless and The...
| Aug 12, 2010
| 4:34 PM
If you're a jetsetter with a comfortable fortune and lots of free time -- and a love for books -- you're going to have a hard time choosing from the literary festivals taking place in October. There is no way......
| Aug 31, 2010
| 4:32 PM
"AGT" will be back next summer. Also: Conan's show title to be revealed soon....
| Sep 22, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Comedy tonight. And don't we need it? It is also a night for guest stars. If you love “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Friends,” you'll want to tune to Disney-owned ABC. 1. “The Middle” starts its second season by...