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Most wonderful time of the year for filmgoers

Most wonderful time of the year for filmgoers

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year for moviegoers.

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The Punk Singer’ movie review: The life and legacy of Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna

The Punk Singer’ movie review: The life and legacy of Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna

Kathleen Hanna became a singer because she had something to say and she wanted people to listen, she explains in Sini Anderson’s documentary “The Punk Singer.” She certainly got her wish when she became frontwoman of Bikini Kill, the influential 1990s punk band that shout-sang about female e…

January 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

'Magic Magic': Marketing scarier than the film

One of the biggest problems with “Magic Magic,” a troubling glimpse of one woman’s paranoid spiral, is marketing.

October 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'Patience Stone' is transformative

'Patience Stone' is transformative

Some movies prove both immediately transformative — altering how we view the world as soon as we leave the theater — and long-lasting, demanding days or weeks of reflection. “The Patience Stone” is one such movie, transporting viewers to a war-torn Middle Eastern country where a woman is gra…

September 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

'Therese' review

Long before suburban malaise, there was provincial melancholy, and Therese Desqueyroux had a severe case. Played by Audrey Tautou, the title character of the 1920s-set French film “Thérèse” clearly is miserable. But director Claude Miller has a harder time showing that she deserves pity, muc…

September 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Happy holidays for film buffs

Happy holidays for film buffs

The Oscar race heats up as the year winds down, and the final stretch of 2012 promises a pageant of movies by directors already certified by the Academy. Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with "The Hobbit," and Alfred Hitchcock even makes an appearance, brought to life by Anthony Hopkins…

November 29, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Iconoclast Diana Vreeland never went out of fashion

Iconoclast Diana Vreeland never went out of fashion

Anyone who has lamented the difficulty of teaching old dogs new tricks could learn something from Diana Vreeland. Although she died in 1989, the fashion maven and iconoclast no doubt loved the idea of contradicting that trite adage, as illustrated by the documentary "Diana Vreeland: The Eye …

October 25, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
'Cosmopolis' review: This version of 'The Odyssey' unfolds in a Manhattan limo

'Cosmopolis' review: This version of 'The Odyssey' unfolds in a Manhattan limo

"Cosmopolis" might be the "Das Boot" of Wall Street movies. But instead of taking place inside a U-boat, the movie is shot almost entirely within a white stretch limo, following the strange horror, not to mention the sheer tedium, of driving across Manhattan for a haircut.

August 30, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

'Mozart's Sister' absorbs viewers in another world

Long before bands traveled from one stage to the next via tour buses, there were musicians doing the same with horse-drawn carriage. Leopold Mozart, one of history's most infamous stage dads, was among those facing the elements to herald his young son's prodigious abilities.

November 10, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Interrupters' keep cool in hot situations

'Interrupters' keep cool in hot situations

Evidence of violence is inescapable in some Chicago neighborhoods.

October 20, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Waste Land': Beauty of human spirit, plus art, sifted from Brazilian landfill

'Waste Land': Beauty of human spirit, plus art, sifted from Brazilian landfill

It may seem contradictory that Rio de Janeiro's largest landfill is called Jardim Gramacho (Gramacho Garden). But spend some time there, thanks to the documentary "Waste Land," and you start to get the sense that, amid the trash, something really is blooming.

February 17, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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