| May 13, 2013
| 6:21 AM
It used to be that the Maryland Film Festival was just a cool neighborhood event for Courtney Knipp — a bunch of obscure movies being shown just up the street from her home in Mount Vernon.
Not anymore, not with thousands of film fans massing in...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 1:54 PM
Last November, Jem Cohen's Vienna-set film "Museum Hours" made its modest premiere in Chicago. Some were restless with it. Others fell under its spell. Count me among those happy to see it return for an encore one-week theatrical run beginning Friday at...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:09 AM
Today we hear from you, the unassailable and cherished readers. Hello, by the way. Hope you're well.
"Mr. Phillips," writes Brandon McNeill, who had me at mister, "as a longtime Tribune subscriber and life-long movie fan, I find your film reviews and...
| Nov 15, 2013
A plaintive beauty, Jem Cohen's Vienna-set film "Museum Hours" tells a story of an unlikely friendship that arises, as so many friendships do, out of the ether of happenstance.
We're introduced to Johann, played by a splendidly serene non-actor,...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 10:55 PM
Film critic Stanley Kauffmann, who in the 20th century helped define movie reviews as an intellectual form, died of pneumonia Wednesday at St. Luke's Hospital in New York. He was 97.
His death was announced by the New Republic, the politics and...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 12:15 PM
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed, unflinching look at the brutality of slavery in America, earned the most nominations Tuesday for the 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The film received seven nominations, including best picture,...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 2:24 PM
Jem Cohen's "Museum Hours" is difficult to describe but not to enjoy. An observational quasi-documentary with a fictional overlay, it's a film whose pleasures are much more visual than dramatic, but that doesn't mean there aren't serious things on its...