Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ ‘Son of God’: The Good Shepherd in a not-so-good movie ]]> Lead story image

You feel worse about ripping some films than others. If it’s exploitative dreck or cynical torture porn or a brainless sequel, you just fire away, grateful for the opportunity to vent and to warn movie-lovers to stay away. This is not the case with “Son of God.” You almost wince when reviewing this one. The driving forces behind this miniseries-turned-feature film are the husband-and-wife team of Mark Burnett (creator of such enduring reality series as “Survivor” and “Shark Tank”) and Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”), two of the loveliest and most spiritual people it has been my privilege to … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ The 3 implausible faces of Halle ]]> Lead story image

Well, this one took a while to get a wide release. How long? When filming on “Frankie & Alice” commenced, Barack Obama had just been elected president. For the first time. Shot in Vancouver in late 2008 and early 2009, the Halle Berry vehicle “Frankie & Alice” had a one-week run in Los Angeles in 2010 to qualify for awards consideration. (In fact Berry was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2011.) But then it disappeared into the murky movie limbo, only now resurfacing. Sometimes things are better off lost in the mist. “Frankie & Alice” actually has many of … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Not just for the devotees ]]> Lead story image

Those who find the films of Wes Anderson off-puttingly mannered and artificial aren’t likely to be converted by “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which plays out, even more than usual, in a peculiar world of its own. If you admire Anderson at his best, though (“Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom”) there’s a good chance you’ll be delighted by this masterfully executed, highly stylized, occasionally perverse farce, which takes his own personal brand of artifice to inspired new heights. Set in the fictional former republic of Zubrowka, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is related by an author (Tom Wilkinson) … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:10:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘300: Rise of an Empire’: More brilliant battles and gorgeous gore ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: In this sort-of sequel, the performances are uniformly good, especially Eva Green as a complex, colorful villain. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:15:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sarah Jessica Parker launches shoe line worthy of Carrie Bradshaw ]]> Lead story image

“Sex and the City” star comes to Chicago to tout her footwear partnership with the CEO of Manolo Blahnik. ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:10:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘12 Years a Slave’ wins top Academy Award ]]> Lead story image

The trophy for Steve McQueen’s brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” marks the first best picture Oscar-winning film directed by a black filmmaker. ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:40:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Non-Stop’: Liam Neeson earns his wings ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: Liam the Great continues his late, middle-age run as the baddest action hero on the plane as a federal air marshal trying to prevent midflight murders. ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:53:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘The Lego Movie’: Comedy and visuals connect in spectacular fashion ]]> Lead story image

BILL ZWECKER: The fun-packed film promises a great time both for kids and the adults taking them to see it. ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:48:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘The Monuments Men’: Entertaining war adventure with a retro feel ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: Director and star George Clooney turns the story of curators recovering stolen art from the Nazis into an “Ocean’s Eleven”-style caper. ]]> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 06:11:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘RoboCop’ remake lacks intent, insight of original ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: The update’s steely exterior is tarnished by a wooden leading man and a weak point of view. ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:10:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘About Last Night’: Smart, sexy and a long way from Mamet ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant are easy to like in a remake that nicely captures the rhythms of a relationship. ]]> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 06:14:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ A film artist unveils her ‘visual manifesto’ on Chicago ]]> Lead story image

Sarah Morris, known for her cinematic studies of cities including Miami and Beijing, depicts Chicago with images of systems, signs and surfaces. ]]> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 06:14:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Winter’s Tale’: An old-fashioned train wreck of a film ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: A beloved book and a skilled cast led by Colin Farrell can’t stop the tide of the overwhelmingly cheesy story. ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:11:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary film fest presents ‘positive’ black cinema ]]> Lead story image

Gary’s third annual Film Festival is designed to highlight black cinema that is uplifting and inspirational. Vernon G. Smith, one of the festival’s organizers, does not want young people ensnared in films that lean “towards gangsters and negative kinds of things.” The festival is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Glen Theatre. It is a showcase for movies offering a vision for the young that is intended to be constructive. “We want them to see some positive films where blacks are playing major character roles,” said Smith, a Democrat who is a state representative for … ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:07:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Richard Roeper: It’s down to three for top Oscar ]]> Lead story image

Most of the nine nominees for Best Picture don’t stand a chance, and the movie likely to win has been the favorite for a while ]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:52:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Hustle,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ top Globes winners ]]>

The con-artist caper “American Hustle” looked every bit the Oscar front-runner at the Golden Globes, winning acting awards for Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:50:26 -0500