southtownstar.suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT webmaster@suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/southtownstar.gif Southtown Star logo http://southtownstar.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ ‘Divergent’: Big fun in a grim Chicago ]]> Lead story image

Much has been made about “Divergent” and the new franchise it is launching, with plenty of comparisons to the “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” films. That is no surprise given their common theme of beautiful young people fighting varying forces of evil and — at least in “The Hunger Games” — engaging audiences in a dark, futuristic world. While those comparisons are inevitable, Neil Burger’s film based on Northwestern University alum and wunderkind writer Veronica Roth’s best-selling first novel needs to be examined on a somewhat different plane. Unlike those other two enormously successful franchises, “Divergent” (with two more films coming … ]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:22:00 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/26313458-421/divergent-big-fun-in-a-grim-chicago.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/26313458-421/divergent-big-fun-in-a-grim-chicago.html <![CDATA[ ‘Son of God’: The Good Shepherd in a not-so-good movie ]]> Lead story image

You feel worse about ripping some films than others. If it’s exploitative dreck or cynical torture porn or a brainless sequel, you just fire away, grateful for the opportunity to vent and to warn movie-lovers to stay away. This is not the case with “Son of God.” You almost wince when reviewing this one. The driving forces behind this miniseries-turned-feature film are the husband-and-wife team of Mark Burnett (creator of such enduring reality series as “Survivor” and “Shark Tank”) and Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”), two of the loveliest and most spiritual people it has been my privilege to … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:09 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25987751-421/son-of-god-the-good-shepherd-in-a-not-so-good-movie.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25987751-421/son-of-god-the-good-shepherd-in-a-not-so-good-movie.html <![CDATA[ ‘300: Rise of an Empire’: More brilliant battles and gorgeous gore ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: In this sort-of sequel, the performances are uniformly good, especially Eva Green as a complex, colorful villain. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:15:43 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/26001849-421/300-rise-of-an-empire-more-brilliant-battles-and-gorgeous-gore.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/26001849-421/300-rise-of-an-empire-more-brilliant-battles-and-gorgeous-gore.html <![CDATA[ Sarah Jessica Parker launches shoe line worthy of Carrie Bradshaw ]]> Lead story image

“Sex and the City” star comes to Chicago to tout her footwear partnership with the CEO of Manolo Blahnik. ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:10:20 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25881915-421/sarah-jessica-parker-launches-shoe-line-worthy-of-carrie-bradshaw.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25881915-421/sarah-jessica-parker-launches-shoe-line-worthy-of-carrie-bradshaw.html <![CDATA[ ‘12 Years a Slave’ wins top Academy Award ]]> Lead story image

The trophy for Steve McQueen’s brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” marks the first best picture Oscar-winning film directed by a black filmmaker. ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:40:34 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25946521-460/12-years-a-slave-wins-top-academy-award.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25946521-460/12-years-a-slave-wins-top-academy-award.html <![CDATA[ ‘Non-Stop’: Liam Neeson earns his wings ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: Liam the Great continues his late, middle-age run as the baddest action hero on the plane as a federal air marshal trying to prevent midflight murders. ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:53:38 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25847192-421/non-stop-liam-neeson-earns-his-wings.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25847192-421/non-stop-liam-neeson-earns-his-wings.html <![CDATA[ ‘The Lego Movie’: Comedy and visuals connect in spectacular fashion ]]> Lead story image

BILL ZWECKER: The fun-packed film promises a great time both for kids and the adults taking them to see it. ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:10:51 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25681442-421/the-lego-movie-comedy-and-visuals-connect-in-spectacular-fashion.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25681442-421/the-lego-movie-comedy-and-visuals-connect-in-spectacular-fashion.html <![CDATA[ Crowd Pleasers for March 7, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Suggestions include the ticket on-sale for Linkin Park’s August concert at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:12:54 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25987134-421/crowd-pleasers-for-march-7-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25987134-421/crowd-pleasers-for-march-7-2014.html <![CDATA[ ‘The Monuments Men’: Entertaining war adventure with a retro feel ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: Director and star George Clooney turns the story of curators recovering stolen art from the Nazis into an “Ocean’s Eleven”-style caper. ]]> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 06:11:56 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25387971-421/the-monuments-men-entertaining-war-adventure-with-a-retro-feel.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25387971-421/the-monuments-men-entertaining-war-adventure-with-a-retro-feel.html <![CDATA[ ‘RoboCop’ remake lacks intent, insight of original ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: The update’s steely exterior is tarnished by a wooden leading man and a weak point of view. ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:10:36 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25681098-421/robocop-remake-lacks-intent-insight-of-original.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25681098-421/robocop-remake-lacks-intent-insight-of-original.html <![CDATA[ ‘About Last Night’: Smart, sexy and a long way from Mamet ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant are easy to like in a remake that nicely captures the rhythms of a relationship. ]]> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 06:14:30 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25547830-421/about-last-night-smart-sexy-and-a-long-way-from-mamet.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25547830-421/about-last-night-smart-sexy-and-a-long-way-from-mamet.html <![CDATA[ A film artist unveils her ‘visual manifesto’ on Chicago ]]> Lead story image

Sarah Morris, known for her cinematic studies of cities including Miami and Beijing, depicts Chicago with images of systems, signs and surfaces. ]]> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 06:13:22 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/24154970-421/a-film-artist-unveils-her-visual-manifesto-on-chicago.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/24154970-421/a-film-artist-unveils-her-visual-manifesto-on-chicago.html <![CDATA[ ‘Winter’s Tale’: An old-fashioned train wreck of a film ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: A beloved book and a skilled cast led by Colin Farrell can’t stop the tide of the overwhelmingly cheesy story. ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:10:42 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25681377-421/winters-tale-an-old-fashioned-train-wreck-of-a-film.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25681377-421/winters-tale-an-old-fashioned-train-wreck-of-a-film.html <![CDATA[ Richard Roeper: It’s down to three for top Oscar ]]> Lead story image

Most of the nine nominees for Best Picture don’t stand a chance, and the movie likely to win has been the favorite for a while ]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:52:37 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25538683-421/richard-roeper-its-down-to-three-for-top-oscar.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25538683-421/richard-roeper-its-down-to-three-for-top-oscar.html <![CDATA[ ‘Labor Day’: Great acting, graceful storytelling, plus pie ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: The often implausible tale of a depressed single mom (Kate Winslet) falling for a man on the lam (Josh Brolin) is executed with edgy skill. ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:18:13 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25245241-421/labor-day-great-acting-graceful-storytelling-plus-pie.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25245241-421/labor-day-great-acting-graceful-storytelling-plus-pie.html <![CDATA[ Aaron Eckhart’s ‘Frankenstein’ creature feels ‘unloved and unworthy’ ]]> Lead story image

No bolts on the “reanimated” beast in “I, Frankenstein” — just self-doubt. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:39:16 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25103622-421/aaron-eckharts-frankenstein-creature-feels-unloved-and-unworthy.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/25103622-421/aaron-eckharts-frankenstein-creature-feels-unloved-and-unworthy.html