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Every year the Cannes Film Festival pulls into its orbit a rangy group of Chicago journalists, critics, student filmmakers and programmers. The festival was different this year, though. Conspicuously and sadly, it lacked the benevolent presence of its...
Only a few weeks have passed since digital projection systems debuted at the Lehigh Valley's drive-ins, Becky's in Berlinsville and Shankweiler's in Orefield. But audiences have already given their verdict: In the words of late film critic Roger Ebert,...
Film Independent at LACMA is holding a 1980s costume contest after the 30th anniversary screening of Martha Coolidge's endearing comedy "Valley Girl" on Thursday evening at the Leo S. Bing Theater. The romantic comedy was inspired by Frank Zappa and his...
CHAMPAIGN -- Richard Linklater's sneakers squish-squish- squished against the wet tiles. We were walking the perimeter of the Illini Union, on the campus of theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. It was a stormy night in April, and students...
Two weeks from now, TV networks will announce their new slate of shows for next season. The majority of these series will be variations on a formula. Procedurals. High-concept sci-fi and fantasy dramas. Nighttime soaps. Comedies starring familiar faces....
Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire Republican businessman who wants to become governor of Illinois, sat down with me for an interview Thursday and dodged questions about same-sex marriage. It took about four tries to pin him down on where he stands, and...
Roger Ebert was a hot trend on Google's top 10 trends earlier this week. As of Wednesday, more than 50,000 people had searched for his name, an impressive display of his influence. He wasn't quite as hot as North Korea or Jay Leno, but he was...
Wine Memories Lenard Davis AuthorHouse; 146 pages Poor Merlot. After Paul Giamatti uttered that now-famous line in the 2004 romantic comedy "Sideways" — the one about not drinking Merlot. Seriously, do I even need to quote it? — news...
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Since Cuban film producer Carlos Vives died in Havana last week at 71, tributes have floated in from newspapers and websites across the Spanish-speaking world. Except, of course, in the United States, where because of Cold War-era political rationales...
Tribune criticAnd they said the gentle art of literary criticism was dead, confined to irrelevance. Not this week, gentle reader. Not in Chicago. Not in the heat of L'affaire de Shteir. What book review in the history of Chicago literature — heck, what recent...
Richard Nixon is hot again. Fresh on the heels of Discovery Channel's critically acclaimed documentary "All the Presidents Men Revisited," about the scandal that brought down President Nixon and the movie it inspired, CNN Films and Cinedigm have...
Expand or die. This ominous motto of economic imperialism courses throughout the film "At Any Price," set against the imperiled world of modern-day family farming. Director Ramin Bahrani, who co-wrote the screenplay with Hallie Elizabeth Newton, spent...
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