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Column: Apple's new flagship store an understated gem on the Chicago River

CHICAGO -- Chicago's new Apple store is thrillingly transparent, elegantly understated and a boon to the city's riverfront.

With its huge sheets of laminated glass and an ultra-thin roof of lightweight carbon fiber the store, opening Friday, is simultaneously present and absent, there and not there. From North Michigan Avenue, you look through ...Read more

Movie review: Fantasy and reality mix in 'The Florida Project,' a poignant tale of childhood

A poignant movie about childhood that's definitely not for children, "The Florida Project" depicts a 6-year-old (the enchanting Brooklynn Kimberly Prince) growing up in the shadow of the Happiest Place on Earth. Moonee lives in a lavender castle with her mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite), and merrily runs around with her friends Jancey (Valeria ...Read more

Movie review: 'Mark Felt' shines a spotlight on Deep Throat

Something's awry in the White House, and that troubles FBI special agent Mark Felt (Liam Neeson). A longtime second-in-command to J. Edgar Hoover, Felt has a reputation for doing things by the book. Although that quality has earned him the respect of his peers, Felt is passed over when Hoover dies -- and faced with a new and clueless boss, L. ...Read more

Movie review: New documentary 'Saving Brinton' tells the story of Michael Zahs, who helped save 100-year-old movies of Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Edison and more

A retired history teacher in rural eastern Iowa, where Amish farmers still plow their fields and travel to town on actual horsepower, Michael Zahs has an eccentric, nearly irresistible way of connecting young students to the past. When he appears as a guest lecturer at small-town schools, he brings old handmade implements from the hoarder's ...Read more

The industry also needs cleansing: Harvey Weinstein went unchecked in a culture that secretly loves its bullies

The horrific allegations against Harvey Weinstein have summoned forth images that will play in our heads on a loop for days, months, maybe years. Those images -- detailed with sickening exactitude in the pages of the New York Times and the New Yorker, and also in the harrowing personal testimonies that have emerged since -- scarcely bear ...Read more

Sheila E. felt it was 'time to stand for something' on her new album

The last couple of years, while working on two different albums, singer-percussionist Sheila E. realized she had to shift gears.

One of the albums was a dance record; the other was an album she felt compelled to make after longtime friend Prince died in 2016. (They were frequent collaborators, and he's credited with transforming her career.)

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Movie review: Fact-based 'Breathe' is an Oscar-baiting romance

Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) is a tea broker who exudes confidence -- a quality that attracts the attention of perkily appealing socialite Diana Blacker (Claire Foy). The two look good together, and their marriage is a foregone conclusion. It's the 1950s, and the British couple seems destined for a bright, mostly untroubled future.

But ...Read more

Movie review: Farrell, Kidman endure crucible of suffering in 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'

Animal corpses tend to pile up with alarming regularity in the films of Yorgos Lanthimos -- just ask the cat in "Dogtooth," or the dog in "The Lobster." (You can't, sorry. They're dead.) So imagine my surprise that no antlered beasts are slaughtered in "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," a lightly blood-spattered but technically immaculate nightmare...Read more

Movie review: 'One of Us' examines tough choices facing those who break away from Hasidic life

In the mythology of personal growth, liberating yourself leads invariably to increased happiness. Yet what characterizes the seekers in the powerful "One of Us" is nothing that straightforward.

As directed by expert documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ("Jesus Camp," "12th & Delaware"), "One of Us" spends two years following three ...Read more

Movie review: Fassbender won't melt your heart in dreadfully incoherent thriller 'The Snowman'

In "The Snowman," a wretched waste of time and talent from the Swedish director Tomas Alfredson ("Let the Right One In"), two detectives track a serial killer who likes to hack up women's bodies and then scatter the pieces all over: a head here, a limb there. The movie, perhaps subscribing to the fallacy of imitative form, adopts this dispersal ...Read more

'Florida Project,' 'Get Out' among Gotham Awards nominees

The Gotham Awards announced nominees on Thursday, with "Get Out" leading the field with recognition in four categories, including best feature and breakthrough director and best screenplay for writer-director Jordan Peele.

"Call Me by Your Name," "Lady Bird," "The Florida Project" and "Columbus" had three nominations each.

Along with "Get Out,...Read more

LAPD investigating Harvey Weinstein after an actress in LA accuses him of rape

LOS ANGELES -- An Italian model-actress met with Los Angeles police detectives for more than two hours Thursday morning, providing a detailed account of new allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her at a hotel in 2013.

She is the sixth woman to accuse Weinstein of rape or forcible sex acts. Los Angeles police Capt. ...Read more

Movie review: Josh Brolin leads elite team into wildfires in 'Only the Brave'

The title "Only the Brave" sounds like Hollywood fraudulence. Certainly there are moments in director Joseph Kosinksi's film, an adaptation of Sean Flynn's vivid 2013 GQ article about the fatal Arizona wildfires and the elite Granite Mountain firefighters who took them on, when the characters don't get their due.

Early in the picture the leader...Read more

Sinclair vision for TV network to rival Fox draws foes on right

WASHINGTON -- The fiery editorials of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. chief political analyst Boris Epshteyn will be beamed into seven in 10 American living rooms if the company is allowed to complete a merger that would transform it into a nationwide conservative TV juggernaut.

But Sinclair's proposed $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media Co. ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

AMERICAN MADE. 3 stars. Tom Cruise stars in this fun but heavily fictionalized portrait of Barry Seal, a drug smuggler who found himself at the intersection of drug cartels and CIA adventurism in Central and South America in the 1970s and '80s. Directed by Doug Liman. 1 hr. 55 R (violence) -- Gary Thompson

ATOMIC BLONDE. 2.5 stars. Charlize ...Read more

Television Q&A: Was 'Action' character based on Harvey Weinstein?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: There was a Jay Mohr series set in the film industry. What was its name? And was the studio head on that show based on Harvey Weinstein?

A: At first, I thought you might be asking if Weinstein inspired Peter Dragon, the movie producer played by Jay Mohr on "Action," a dark comedy that aired on Fox in...Read more

Movie review: Weak political elements take punch out of 'Geostorm'

"Geostorm" finds ways to draw attention away from an interesting use of weather as a weapon by using a cold front of political jabber.

The problems in "Geostorm" were caused by director Dean Devlin and co-writer Paul Guyot as they have taken a passable action film and buried it under a tsunami of political muck. Politics can work – even in an...Read more

Movie review: 'The Snowman' is a jumbled nonsensical mess

Mister Alfredson, you could have saved it. We gave you all the tools -- a star-studded cast, a blockbuster best-selling Scandinavian murder novel by Jo Nesbø, and three time Oscar winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker. So why is "The Snowman" such a jumbled nonsensical mess?

Director Tomas Alfredson has copped to the fact that scheduling issues ...Read more

Why Gustavo Arellano's OC Weekly departure highlights the endangered status of Latinos in media

It began as a lark: a satirical advice column in which readers could write in and ask a question -- any question -- of the Mexican columnist. And the questions poured in. Why do Mexicans love dancing so much? Why do Mexicans call each other guey? Why do so many Mexicans whistle to communicate?

To these missives, most of which can't be reprinted...Read more

Sza is having a killer year with 'Ctrl.' Now she just needs to fight self-doubts

LOS ANGELES -- Sza should have been celebrating. It was the day after her sold-out tour played at the Novo in Los Angeles, and she had just learned that her breakout single, "Love Galore," had gone platinum -- yet she was agonizing over the concert.

"This is the second time I've had a really bad show ... I was certain that I was gonna have an ...Read more

 

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