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'Old Fashioned' doc about Wisconsin supper clubs slices into meaty history

When Wisconsin native Holly De Ruyter came to Chicago for college, she was bewildered to find there were no supper clubs. Read more

Movie review: Not exactly smooth sailing for 'The Finest Hours'

"The Finest Hours," based on the true story of the valiant 1952 Coast Guard rescue of a sinking oil tanker off the coast of Massachusetts, splits in two much like the wounded vessel at its heart. Read more

Movie review: 'Lazer Team' is a goofy blast from the past

Anyone who grew up on a steady diet of Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles and Transformers will appreciate the good-natured "Lazer Team," a PG-13 goof on all those superheroes-save-the-world kids shows of the '80s. Read more

Short reviews of Oscar-nominated short films

An examination of the Oscars' often overlooked short-film category. Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE ABANDONED. 2.5 stars. A young woman takes a job as a late-night security guard in a haunted building. 1 hr. 26 No MPAA rating (profanity, disturbing images) - Tirdad Derakhshani Read more

Actor Michael Shannon gets real

Michael Shannon has played fictional characters, such as General Zod in "Man of Steel." He's also taken on roles based on real people, such as his turn as Elvis Presley in the upcoming "Elvis & Nixon." In the case of his latest film, "Freeheld," Shannon got to sit down with the real person on... Read more

Movie review: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' is a knockout

A third installment in a franchise isn't always great. But sometimes, it can be a comforting guarantee of a good time at the movies, as is the case with "Kung Fu Panda 3." The first two installments have been met with rapturous reception and box office success, and this one will no doubt follow i... Read more

Chris Pine takes command of his career

Chris Pine is carving out an interesting - and broad - career for himself playing military men. It started with taking on the role of Captain James T. Kirk for the re-launch of the "Star Trek" franchise. Read more

Movie review: 'The Finest Hours' rescued by strong Chris Pine, Casey Affleck

Hollywood loves to toss around the phrase "based on a true story." The problem is that it's often difficult to tell where the truth ends and the fabrication to build suspense and drama begins. Sometimes the essence of the story gets overpowered by melodrama Read more

Movie review: 'Lady in the Van' chronicles strange relationship

"The Lady in the Van" is the story of a codependent London couple who politely loathe each other without actually being a pair. She is Miss Shepherd, a homeless gorgon with delusions of grandeur, and a long-term driveway squatter in several comedic ramshackle vehicles. He is English playwright Al... Read more

Movie review: Not enough drama, suspense in 'The Finest Hours'

The problem with "The Finest Hours" starts with the title. If you know the movie is about a perilous boat rescue and it's called "The Finest Hours," it robs any ounce of suspense that might be achieved during all of the roiling seas and ocean thrashing that follows - those guys are probably going... Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Movie review: Casey Affleck, Chris Pine star in suspenseful Coast Guard rescue 'The Finest Hours'

It's 2016. We're far enough along on the digital effects timeline to make the call: The waves are looking good! Digitally animated waves are looking better all the time, in fact, even when filmmakers push allegedly realistically scaled waves to heights approaching that enormous wall of water in "... Read more

Tom Courtenay on the magic of acting in '45 Years'

The pairing of Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling in "45 Years," Andrew Haigh's pitch-perfect portrait of a long and seemingly solid marriage, is a first. The English actor, who rode the British New Wave to acclaim way back in the '60s, and Rampling, the icy beauty whose early iconic roles incl... Read more

Movie review: 'Ip Man 3' dips into B-movie cliches

I'm not sure what to make of "Ip Man 3," the final movement in Hong Kong filmmaker Wilson Yip's trilogy. The films follow legendary wing chun grand master Ip Man, who helped the teenage Bruce Lee become a legendary fighter. Read more

Movie review: '45 Years' is modest, yet momentous

Andrew Haigh's "45 Years" begins on a misty Monday morning, with a woman walking her German shepherd across the broads of the English countryside. It's a daily routine for Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling), letting the dog off leash so he can forge, and forage, ahead. After a good stroll, Kate ret... Read more

Movie review: 'Lamb' is a strange but magical grown-up fairy tale

David Lamb's world is imploding. Read more

'13 Hours' by the numbers

Having already brought texture and intelligence to true stories of Americans saving the planet from an asteroid ("Armageddon") and evil robots ("Transformers"), Michael Bay now turns his subtle hand to the fictional tale of six ex-military security officers holding down the fort against attackers... Read more

Movie review: In 'The Lady in the Van,' Maggie Smith re-creates her stage triumph as a vagabond

In 1974, by reluctant invitation, a homeless but not vanless woman by the name of Mary Shepherd parked her banged-up vehicle in the driveway of the Camden Town home belonging to playwright, novelist and humorist Alan Bennett. A former concert pianist of shadowy circumstance, Shepherd was well-kno... Read more

Movie review: Conservation-themed animal tale, 'Norm of the North' has lots of potty humor

Parents need to know that "Norm of the North" is an animated adventure about a polar bear, Norm (voiced by Rob Schneider), who can communicate with humans - and travels to New York to convince people not to build a proposed real-estate development in his Arctic home. Families familiar with movies... Read more

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