December 22, 2011 |
***1/2 (out of four) At one point in the joyous French silent film “The Artist,” former American silent movie star George Valentin (Cannes best actor winner Jean Dujardin) receives a compliment that kills him: “My father is a big fan.” That's because it's the early 1930s, talkies have taken over, and unlike Gene Kelly in “Singin' in the Rain,” George hasn't adapted to the changing industry. At all. Instead, he's watched as Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo, irresistible)
January 11, 2013 |
I've never been much of a fan of Frank Gallagher, the patriarch of the perpetually down-but-never-out Gallagher kids of Chicago's South Side on "Shameless" ( 8 p.m. CT Jan. 13, Showtime; 3 stars ). But I love the show. It's not that William H. Macy doesn't nail the role. Frank's a deadbeat, a drunk and anything but lovable--a smart decision that keeps the show from being overly sentimental. Ever the narcissist, Frank sees his kids as a means to an end. He exploits them; he neglects them.
April 18, 2013 |
*1/2 (out of four) If “To the Wonder” were a stand-up routine, it'd go something like this: “Didja ever notice how guys are always walking around with their hands in their pockets, saying and expressing nothing? And women are always twirling and letting their emotions get the best of them? Am I right, people?” Because “To the Wonder” comes from Terrence Malick (“The Tree of Life”), the film communicates this tragic gender gap through minimal dialogue. Hey, why show a man teaching his girlfriend's daughter the...
November 15, 2012 |
***1/2 (out of four) I don't love the title. Yet I'm highly in favor of almost everything else about “Silver Linings Playbook,” which turns grief and mental illness into rich fodder for warmth, connection and comedy. That's not a stretch for writer-director David O. Russell (“Flirting with Disaster,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “The Fighter”), who's experienced in the chaos and laughs that can come from family members being themselves and trying to get their lives outside the home on track.
March 15, 2012 |
** (out of four) At some point in their lives, everyone believes they should follow the “signs” that the universe presents and see where they lead. That's still what 30-year-old, mom's-basement-dwelling Jeff (Jason Segel) thinks, and that philosophy leads him on a wild escapade around Baton Rouge where his brother (Ed Helms) suspects his wife (Judy Greer) is having an affair. The guys' mom (Susan Sarandon) also wonders which work colleague is sending her instant messages, claiming to be her secret admirer.
March 27, 2012 |
Though she thinks "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm is gorgeous, it isn't his chain-smoking ad exec character that Audra Yeomans is looking at when tuning in to the '60s-era show. More often, she's eyeing the glasses Don Draper is sipping his whiskey out of, or in Sunday's case, the ash tray he's filling. The owner of Seek Vintage in Noble Square noticed a translucent blue ashtray on a conference table during this week's premiere, around the point at which copywriter Peggy Olson is attempting to sell Heinz execs on the idea of a "bean ballet" for...