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  • DVD previews: ‘Magic in the Moonlight,’ ‘Skeleton Twins’ Dec 13, 2014 6:45 AM
    Emma Stone and Colin Firth try to outmaneuver each other in Woody Allen’s latest period romantic comedy, "Magic in the Moonlight." And Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader bring a believable brother-sister dynamic to the sharply told tale "The Skeleton Twins," out Tuesday on DVD.

  • Ridley Scott talks religious casting, themes Dec 13, 2014 6:00 AM
    Ridley Scott did not originally want to make “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” “It’s biblical, and I was afraid of all those associations,” the 77-year-old filmmaker said. The script convinced him, with its story of brothers divided by ethnic allegiances. Scott said he was drawn to the timely, and sadly timeless, theme of war over religion. “I don’t think you can separate from what’s happening today with what was happening then."

  • District 95 film festival: Dec 12, 2014 5:29 PM
    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 and the District 95 Educational Foundation will host the 3rd annual District 95 Film Festival on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Lake Zurich High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Church St., Lake Zurich.

  • ‘Birdman’ flies with Chicago critics’ nominations Dec 12, 2014 5:41 PM
    Alejandro G. Inarritu’s hallucinatory black comedy/drama “Birdman” earned nine award nominations from the Chicago Film Critics Assn., including picture, director, original screenplay, actor (Michael Keaton), supporting actor (Ed Norton) and supporting actress (Emma Stone). Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” came in second with eight nominations. Winners will be announced on Monday.

  • ‘Inherent Vice’ director Anderson among the modern greats Dec 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, whose latest film, “Inherent Vice,” opens Friday in select theaters, has crafted a distinct, singular vision, Daily Herald columnist Sean Stangland says. Here’s how he’d rank Anderson's six previous films.

  • Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ strikes nerve in Japan Dec 12, 2014 9:34 AM
    Angelina Jolie’s new movie “Unbroken” has not been released in Japan yet, but it has already struck a nerve in a country still fighting over its wartime past. And the buzz on social networks and in online chatter is decidedly negative over the film that depicts a U.S. Olympic runner who endures torture at a World War II prisoner-of-war camp. Some people are calling for a boycott of the movie, although there is no release date in Japan yet. It hits theaters in the U.S. on Dec. 25.

  • Celebrity charged after appearance in Schaumburg Dec 12, 2014 11:14 AM
    Brandon Novak, who has appeared in several “Jackass” films, has been charged with criminal damage to property in connection with a celebrity appearance at a Day of the Dead convention last month in Schaumburg, police said.

  • Globes snubs: Jolie, Nolan get no love this year Dec 12, 2014 9:54 AM
    The Golden Globe nominations always have their quirks, and sometimes it seems they exist in their own private galaxy. This year’s movie nominations, though, stuck close to expectations, and close to Earth: “Interstellar,” Christopher Nolan’s high-pedigree, extragalactic space epic, was shut out save a nod for its score. Yet more surprisingly, one of the stars in our own galaxy, Angelina Jolie, missed out on a director nod for the high-profile “Unbroken,” which was totally shut out.

  • Theaters go all in with holiday screenings this weekend Dec 11, 2014 6:16 AM
    The holiday movies are upon us, including a series of family-oriented comedies free or at greatly reduced admissions from the Classic Cinema chain.

  • Father, son struggle to make amends in 'Brahmin Bulls' Dec 11, 2014 12:42 PM
    “Brahmin Bulls,” Los Angeles director Mahesh Pailoor's first feature, makes for a sincere but forced drama about an estranged father and son struggling for common ground as they vent a laundry list of old wounds seeking salve.

  • 'Imitation Game' hinges on Cumberbatch's vast talent Dec 11, 2014 3:20 PM
    “The Imitation Game” is partly a tragedy, partly a history lesson, but largely a dramatic plea not just to embrace those who think differently, but actually appreciate them. As Alan Turing, cool chameleon Benedict Cumberbatch channels some of his effete, Sherlockian problem-solving qualities into a Spockian character brilliant at logic, but socially caustic to the other smarties brought in to crack the Nazi code.

  • A critic's high-five for 'Top Five' Dec 11, 2014 3:21 PM
    Chris Rock's new comedy “Top Five” is a mess, but a good mess that captures the chaotic, unstructured lifestyle of a popular entertainer struggling with the real issues of life. Writer, director and star, Rock clearly knows his character, Andre Allen, and his New York environment extremely well, so every frame radiates not only quicksilver humor, but biting, sometimes obnoxious reality.

  • Visual effects trump drama in biblical spectacle 'Exodus' Dec 11, 2014 6:14 AM
    Depicting the Almighty as an enfant terrible might seem to be a strange choice in “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” but it makes total sense if we see God as Moses does — as an impatient, pushy, demanding deity who treats the incredulous Moses like a disgruntled, underperforming employee. A stranger choice is that God speaks in a British accent and sounds like Fagin's protégés from “Oliver Twist.”

  • ‘Birdman’ tops Golden Globes with 7 nominations Dec 11, 2014 9:31 AM
    “Birdman” squawked loudest in the Golden Globes nominations, flying away with a leading seven nods including best picture in the comedy or musical category. In nominations for the 72 annual Golden Globes announced Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, “Boyhood” and “The Imitation Game” trailed with five nods apiece. Those two films led a best drama category that also included “Foxcatcher,” “Selma” and “The Theory of Everything.”

  • ‘Birdman’ leads Screen Actors Guild nominations Dec 10, 2014 11:06 AM
    The dark show-business comedy “Birdman” topped the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations with four, including best ensemble cast. Star Michael Keaton was recognized for his work, as well as supporting co-stars Emma Stone and Edward Norton. Following with three nominations each were the coming-of-age tale and critics award favorite “Boyhood,” the Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game,” and the Stephen Hawking story “The Theory of Everything.”

  • Independent film will dramatize Obamas’ 1st date Dec 9, 2014 8:08 AM
    An independent film that will dramatize President Barack Obama’s first date with Michelle Obama is in the works. Producer Stephanie Allain confirmed Monday that she and producer Tracey Bing are developing “Southside With You,” a drama about the first summer afternoon the Obamas spent together.

  • ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Selma’ among AFI movies of the year Dec 9, 2014 5:45 AM
    The American Film Institute on Monday named the coming-of-age tale “Boyhood,” the sci-fi epic “Interstellar” and the civil-rights drama “Selma” among its top movies of the year. But that's not all; the AFI actually chose 11 movies for its annual top 10 list.

  • BET to honor Kanye, Usher, Phylicia Rashad Dec 9, 2014 5:29 PM
    Someone other than Kanye West is confirming his visionary status. The superstar rapper will receive the Visionary Award next month at the BET Honors. West — who has called himself a visionary and more — will be one of five luminaries honored at the eighth annual event hosted by Wayne Brady.

  • Scott, Bale defend choice on ‘Exodus’ casting Dec 9, 2014 5:00 AM
    The biblical film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” has come under fire for casting white actors in the film’s main roles as Egyptians. Some have even called for a boycott of the film through a variety of Internet campaigns. But director Ridley Scott has a message for those trying to boycott the film: “I say get a life.”

  • Gifts for movie lovers that go beyond the box set Dec 8, 2014 5:00 AM
    When shopping for the movie lover on your list, why not think outside the box (set)? While DVD or Blu-Ray box sets can still make great gifts, here are other things to consider for your favorite cinephile this season.

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