December 24, 2013 |
**1/2 (out of four) A truer American hustle, Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" bests David O. Russell's "American Hustle" in an important department: "Wolf" zeroes in on greed and need and says in vivid, convincing fashion, "Baby, the hungrier you are, the easier it is for me to feed you crap. " No, that's not a quote from the movie. Like "Hustle," the three-hour "Wolf" features a great deal of voiceover and a main character who sees no fault in conning people.
October 24, 2013 |
*** (out of four) Closing out Survival Month at the Movies (“Gravity,” “Captain Phillips,” “12 Years a Slave”), “All is Lost” presents the gravity of being Captain Redford for eight days. No, that isn't the name of the unidentified sailor (Robert Redford) whose boat is violently poked by a shipping container 1,700 nautical miles from the Sumatra Straits. (Of course I knew that was in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Who told you I was awful at geography?) He's everyone - a sole representative for human existence, fighting the odds...
October 21, 2013 |
Go: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Nov. 16 at The Den Theatre , 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $15. 773-609-2336; brownpapertickets.com/event/446529 James Franco is everywhere. He was the subject of September's Comedy Central roast and co-starred in "Spring Breakers," "This Is the End," "Oz the Great and Powerful," "Lovelace" and several other movies in 2013 alone. And of course, he's also a multiple degree-seeking author. And poet. And memoirist. And a collaborator in the Museum of Non-Visible Art, a crowd-funded...
August 12, 2013 |
In "Prince Avalanche," an artsy loner (Paul Rudd) and an immature doofus (Emile Hirsch) work together to repair roads in the middle of nowhere. Adapted from an Icelandic film, it's a slow and funny drama that director David Gordon Green says splits the difference between his quieter work ("George Washington," "All the Real Girls," "Snow Angels") and more crass studio comedies ("Pineapple Express," "Your Highness," "The Sitter"). At the James Hotel, the 38-year-old filmmaker - who recently...
June 6, 2013 |
** (out of four) Even without James Franco and Danny McBride threatening to ejaculate all over each other, “This is the End” would be an aggressive, misguided demonstration of self-love. A comedy in which Franco, McBride, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and more familiar faces play themselves confronting the apocalypse didn't inherently have to be a Hollywood ego-fest. In brief moments, the film (co-directed and co-written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the scribes behind the awesome “Superbad” and hilarious...
May 31, 2013 |
Dave Franco's a good sport about it, but really, we can all stop asking the actor about his big brother James. He's had enough. “I mean, that happened three years ago,” says the younger Franco, whose new movie “Now You See Me” opened Friday, with a laugh. “More than that. Ten years ago. I love and respect him so much, and when I was first starting out, it would be weird if people weren't drawing the comparisons and mentioning his name every time they brought me up … Maybe two or three years ago, I made a conscious decision to distance...