January 31, 2013 |
*1/2 (out of four) After “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Quartet,” I'm glad to see a film about people in their grayer years take place somewhere other than a hotel in which the folks putter around and giggle about sex. Of course, those jokes can happen anywhere, as evidenced by the extended - no pun intended - plotline in the frequently pathetic “Stand Up Guys” about just-paroled Val (Al Pacino) pounding Viagra so he can perform with a prostitute. If veteran actor Pacino is looking for the revived respect earned by Robert DeNiro in “Silver Linings...
April 2, 2012 |
Is it possible to be the best and the worst at the same time? Ask Adam Sandler. His wretched "Jack and Jill" cleaned up at the 32nd annual Razzie Awards last weekend, sweeping the entire 10-category event. Could it really have been that bad? We took a look at the competition in a few key categories to see how this historic victory was achieved. DAMORAN@TRIBUNE.COM | @REDEYEDANA Worst Actor Victory: Sandler The rest: Russell Brand, "Arthur"; Nicolas Cage, "Drive Angry 3-D," "Season of the Witch" and "Trespass";...
March 20, 2013 |
Al Pacino gets his freak on in HBO Film's biopic about legendary record producer Phil Spector, who definitely had a case of the crazies. Written and directed by Chicago native David Mamet, "Phil Spector" ( 8 p.m. CT March 24, HBO; 3.5 stars ) fictionalizes what went on behind the scenes before and during the music icon's 2007 trial for the 2003 murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson. It ended in a mistrial, but in a 2009 retrial Spector was convicted of second-degree murder and now is serving 19 years to life.
August 15, 2013 |
*** (out of four) Warning: The documentary “The Act of Killing” contains disturbing footage, particularly if you just booked a trip to Indonesia. For the film, director Joshua Oppenheimer tasks several men who acted as executioners in 1965 - when members of the military who overthrew the Indonesian government killed more than 1 million alleged communists in less than a year - with cinematically re-creating some of the murders they perpetrated. Since one of them, Anwar Congo, notes that he sometimes was inspired by brutality...
February 7, 2013 |
*** (out of four) For anyone who struggles to focus their attention on a movie - that should include all 23 people who saw Al Pacino in last week's embarrassing “Stand Up Guys” - “Side Effects” is just what the doctor ordered. Sure, a thriller involving the dangers of prescription medicine and insider trading may seem as current as a documentary about Napster. But director Steven Soderbergh, who says he's retiring from movies later this year, can make almost anything sizzle and stick - most recently proven with...
September 16, 2013 |
You know Bill Burr is a hardcore Boston Bruins fan because when he talks about the team, he says, "we. " The last time he played the Chicago Theater, in 2011, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup. This time, the Blackhawks got the better of the Bruins. You won't find any bitterness in the 45-year-old actor and comedian, however. "[The Hawks] were the favorite and they lived up to it; you can't get upset losing to the best team," said Burr, who plays Kuby on "Breaking Bad. " "Either way, I've been watching the Bruins since the early '80s so to actually see them win a...