| Dec 9, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Tomas Alfredson, the "Let the Right One In" director now helming "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," ponders why vampire movies are so popular and suggests a link to ... menstruation?...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 4:37 PM
Among the featured films at this year's Tribeca Film Festival are a Havana-set coming-of-age story, “Una Noche,” from first-time British director Lucy Mulloy; “Yossi,” Israeli auteur Eytan Fox’s sequel to his well-received...
| Oct 7, 2010
| 7:17 PM
David Fincher made his mark directing offbeat films, but still managed to have an impact in Hollywood. "Fight Club," "Se7en" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" represent the wide range of his projects. Fincher brings all his expertise to bear...
| Dec 28, 2010
| 12:33 PM
Director Matt Reeves' ( "Cloverfield") revision of the Swedish thriller "Let the Right One In" generates its own chills, largely through the stunning performance by sweet-faced Chloe Moretz ( "Kick-Ass") as a young vampire.
She comes to the aid of a...
| Dec 12, 2011
If you’ve seen Gary Oldman play Sid Vicious (“Sid and Nancy”), Lee Harvey Oswald (“JFK”) or Dracula (“Dracula”), you know Gary can be scary. In fact, “Scary Gary” was reportedly his on-set nickname...
| Dec 15, 2011
** (out of four)
In spy movies, the organization sometimes seems to exist only to police itself and its inevitable traitors. So when the operation doesn’t appear to accomplish anything else except cleaning up its own mess, it suggests that shutting...
| Dec 24, 2011
| 10:50 AM
This week had the release of some of my favorite movies of the year and some of the worst.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is not only a bad movie title, it’s a bad movie. Don’t let the critics fool you into seeing this boring mess.
| Jan 30, 2012
| 2:35 PM
A couple of years ago, Bruce Sheridan, chair of the film program at Columbia College, noticed a curious thing happening. A few of the film majors who interned on the Chicago production of "The Dark Knight" had started making their student films and, as...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 1:17 PM
Many people consider the 1979 miniseries made from John le Carre's “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” to be the best adaptation of his work. Alec Guinness' George Smiley in that version (and later reprised in a second miniseries) has been...
| Apr 28, 2012
| 9:31 AM
Anne Rice hasn’t written about vampires in almost a decade.
But for many fans, she remains the authority on the undead. So when she made an appearance at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, a gathering of comic, fantasy and science fiction...
| May 2, 2012
| 11:03 AM
Sink your teeth into this lit
Vampire folklore dates back 3,000 years, with the oldest myths coming out of Mesopotamia, though cultures from ancient Egypt to China had stories of creatures...
| Sep 10, 2010
When Sony Pictures' plan for a fourth "Spider-Man" movie starring Tobey Maguire fell apart in January, the studio had to come up with a new way to keep the superhero series alive after three movies released from 2002 to 2007 grossed $2.5 billion...