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  • Film Review: 'Mission Blue'

    The majesty and imperiled status of the world's aquatic life are vividly captured in "Mission Blue." Fisher Stevens and Robert Nixon's documentary also serves as a biographical portrait of internationally renowned oceanographer and eco-activist Sylvia Earle, whose trailblazing career and inspiring ongoing efforts provide compelling human interest, while Bryce Groark's spectacular underwater photography offers eye candy aplenty. This "Mission" is marred only by co-director Stevens' insistence on inserting himself whenever possible as a wholly gratuitous host/jester/co-star; that inapt vanity-project whiff aside, the brisk, polished pic looks shipshape for international broadcast sales.
  • Curating for the Chicago International Film Fest

    Curating for the Chicago International Film Fest
    Curator? "Nah. I never use that word," says a smiling Chicago International Film Festival founder and artistic director Michael Kutza, now in his 49th year of running the show. The show, as he sees it, used to be a one-man show; now it's a team effort....

    'Smokefall' writer knows his surrealism

    'Smokefall' writer knows his surrealism
    Over lunch in Chicago's River North neighborhood the other day, the playwright Noah Haidle, a restless spirit, was chortling at a menu item at Restaurant Beatrix. "Enlightened Caesar," he said. "That's really obnoxious." From there, Haidle, who is a...

    On Demand DVD New Releases May 6-12

     
    On Demand DVD New Releases May 6-12  The big films this week are Jack Reacher, Mama and Safe Haven, but that's just three of the titles debuting in this busy week. Lots of familiar faces in this crop of titles, including Parker Posey (And Now a Word...

    Brad Pitt is a model for aging actors

    Brad Pitt is a model for aging actors
    In watching Marc Forster's new action drama "World War Z," it's hard not to be struck by how well Brad Pitt is aging. Yes, there's the slightest of silver highlighting his long locks, and the added distinction those little lines are etching on his face,...