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Movie review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is fun, but lacks bite

Author Seth Grahame-Smith has dined out on the winning combination of stitching together two incongruous things, one high-brow, one low, and letting the concept do the heavy lifting. "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" gave readers, and then movie-going audiences, an axe-twirling Honest Abe. His ot... Read more

Movie review: 'Hail, Caesar!' falls flat

In 1991, the Coen brothers' World War II Hollywood fantasy-farce "Barton Fink" swept the prize table at the Cannes Film Festival, earned three Oscar nominations and made major players of John Turturro and John Goodman. Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ANOMALISA. 4 stars. From the brain of Charlie Kaufman, co-directing with animator Duke Johnson, a stop-motion animation tale of a sad, unsatisfied man who meets a woman on a business trip, takes her to his hotel room, and, well, yes, there is puppet sex. A portrait of midlife morass, regret and m... Read more

Movie review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is a fun spoof

When I heard that the 2009 genre fiction mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" would be reincarnated as a horror-soaked rom-com, I passed through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief. Denial ("They couldn't be that stupid") was followed by anger ("This is heresy"), bargaining ("No way will I watch ... Read more

Coens on Clooney: 'You have to be a very good actor to play an idiot'

When it comes to filmmaking, the Coen brothers_Joel and Ethan_do practically everything together: Write screenplays, produce, direct, even edit their features (the latter function under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes). Read more

Movie review: Sparks fly between Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker in 'The Choice'

Movies made from books by Nicholas Sparks are like those hard candy hearts that are so popular for Valentine's Day. They are sweet, not overly complicated and the message is spelled out in very clear terms. Read more

Movie review: 'Hail, Caesar!' playfully mocks and adores Hollywood

The Coen Brothers' latest comedy "Hail, Caesar!" is a loving tribute to the era of classical Hollywood, meticulously crafted with layers of reference, inside jokes, and tidbits of history that will excite any film buff. Not to fret if you haven't caught up with every episode of the Hollywood hist... Read more

Movie review: 'Hail, Caesar!' playfully mocks and adores Hollywood

The Coen Brothers' latest comedy "Hail, Caesar!" is a loving tribute to the era of classical Hollywood, meticulously crafted with layers of reference, inside jokes, and tidbits of history that will excite any film buff. Not to fret if you haven't caught up with every episode of the Hollywood hist... Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

'PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES' Read more

'Son of Saul' director, star succeed in their mission

"Son of Saul" is the first feature by Hungarian writer-director Laszlo Nemes, and it sets a high bar of expectation for his future work while provoking passionate debate about the film itself. Read more

Movie review: 'Tumbledown' almost overcomes its cliche ending

"Tumbledown" is the first feature film of Sean Mewshaw, who shares a story-by credit with writer Desi Van Til, also making her screenwriting debut with the film. But you'd never guess this was a first feature based on the confident and assured filmmaking; it's a story layered with emotional richn... Read more

A look at the short films up for Oscars

War and conflict (ethnic, religious, domestic) dominate the field in the live-action short-films competition for the 2016 Academy Awards. Read more

The 3 best and 3 worst movies I saw at Sundance

Another fun year at Sundance is in the books. Read more

A quick look at Oscar-nominated short films

As tasty morsels go, the Oscar short films category - my annual favorite - is like the box of Russell Stover's chocolates we bought Mother every Christmas. I'd poke a little hole in the bottom to see if it was a flavor I liked and, if not, furtively replace it, enraging my sister Pamela when she ... Read more

Movie review: 'Anesthesia' is numbingly dull

Tim Blake Nelson is writer, director and a featured player for his fifth film, "Anesthesia," which explores the interconnectivity of a group of New Yorkers. It begins, and ends, with a violent assault on Sam Waterston. Read more

Movie review: 'Kung Fu Panda 3,' upbeat but intense sequel looks at identity, family ties

Parents need to know that "Kung Fu Panda 3" is the third movie in the hit series about unlikely martial arts hero Po (voiced by Jack Black) and his friends, the Furious Five. This time around they face Kai, a scary supernatural bull monster that menaces all of China. Po and the others must fend h... Read more

Short reviews of Oscar-nominated short films

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

'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

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