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Bing Crosby's Enduring Appeal

Carl Pettit | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
Carl Pettit

Bing Crosby conquered radio, film and the recording industry -- and made it all look easy. The celebrated crooner not only transformed the American music scene, he also played a pivotal role in the creation of the American buddy road movie.

"Feminism" Is Back in Vogue

Katharine Kramer | Posted 12.11.2014 | Arts
Katharine Kramer

It's the first theatrical documentary of its kind, and it will no doubt open the door for other films on the subject of feminism and women's liberation.

The Doha Ajyal Diaries: Qumra, Closing Night and Salma Hayek on Freedom

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.10.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Movies change us, for the better or worse, lets deal with it.

Starz Denver Film Festival is on a Roll

Tracy Shaffer | Posted 11.20.2014 | Denver
Tracy Shaffer

Red carpet screenings at The Buell and their requisite parties ushered in some of the big films, while the 200+ films being screened over the 12-day fete continue to intrigue, provoke, terrify and delight moviegoers.

Is He a Good Father, Katie?

Tricia McCallum | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment
Tricia McCallum

My cinematic crème de la crème takes many forms. It may be one line of dialogue all on its own, or an entire scene's worth. It might be a look or a gesture from one character to another, or to no one in particular. It might be as simple as the quality of light the director captured at a window in early morning.

The Force of Soft Power: Pat O'Connor on 'Private Peaceful'

Dan Lybarger | Posted 10.31.2014 | Arts
Dan Lybarger

In promoting his new film adaptation of Private Peaceful, a book by War Horse author Michael Morpugo looks back at a way of life that's long gone with only the slightest hint of sentiment.

Five Top Football Movies

John Farr | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Football was made for movies. There are build-ups to the climactic championship game, with the clock counting down the minutes into those final tense, ticking seconds. Whether closing in on the huddle, or going wide for a field kick, the feeling is more like war than sports.

Everybody Holds the Key to Unlock the Mystery

The European Magazine | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
The European Magazine

The films of David Lynch will leave you baffled and pondering. The good news: He feels exactly the same. Lynch talked to Max Tholl about mental fishing trips, torturing audiences and our obsession with mystery.

Cinema Exclusivity: Why Buy a $17 Imax Ticket When It's on Netflix Too?

Robert Marich | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Marich

Movie fans are oblivious that their movie-watching loyalties are the focus of an epic battle being played out in Hollywood. Here's where I can make a prediction with confidence. Expect divergent efforts that pair VOD with cinema to continue for some, but not all, movies.

The Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates 50 Years

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.30.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The Chicago International Film Festival celebrates its 50th year this October 9 - 23. Recognized as the first international film festival in North American, the Chicago International Film Festival is a pioneer in focusing on international films.

Bill Murray and the Roles That Got Away

John Farr | Posted 11.19.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we celebrate the rascally Murray's 64th birthday, let's take a quick look at some roles he missed or passed on, and wonder what might have been.

Movie Lovers, Unite! This Edgy Set-Inspired Room Is Perfect for You

Dering Hall | Posted 11.18.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dering Hall

The interior is a layering of organic textures and accessories, modern art and lighting and traditional proportions -- all executed remarkably.

Najwa Najjar's Film Reflects Palestinian Humanity

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Daoud Kuttab

She does not try to sugarcoat Palestinian life, nor does she attempt to show the entire Palestinian history in a single film, but gives a glimpse at some elements of Palestinian life.

Best of Venice: Theeb Takes the World by (Sand) Storm

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Theeb is a jewel, deserving of its Orizzonti Award for Best Director prized to Naji Abu Nowar in Venice and more. But Theeb is also the kind of film that grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go.

Despite Lousy Summer Box Office, the Sky Is Not Falling

Robert Marich | Posted 11.03.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Marich

Alarming press reports that summer movie box office fell 21 percent suggest a death knell because consumers are infatuated with digital media ranging from smart phones to video-on-demand.

When a Film Star Dies

JD Gershbein | Posted 10.19.2014 | Entertainment
JD Gershbein

Robin Williams infused genuine pathos into complex characters. He could split your gut with laughter in one movie, then cross the comic chasm and mercilessly tug on your heartstrings in the next. Williams was both a worthy hero and a convincing villain.

Bring a friend to a Cineforum

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 10.18.2014 | Arts
Gaia Paradiso

Today I discovered a summer cinema lab (free and open to 25 participants, between 18 to 35, Italians) where all potential talents of moviemaking and short movies could plunge into the European movie scene to learn about the techniques of making movies.

And Now for a Bit of Good News: La Guarimba International Film Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

The 2014 program seems to run through a very specific leitmotif, a theme that asks the audience, but also the human race in general to respect the environment around us -- before it overtakes us.

Chicago's Top Chefs at the Screening of The Hundred-Foot Journey

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.28.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The success of the movie, produced by Steven Spielberg, Juliet Blake and Oprah Winfrey, is that it serves to remind us of the joy of eating together and the connection that food can bring to families, communities and love affairs.

Turning 55, Kevin Spacey's on Fire

John Farr | Posted 09.24.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

When Kevin Spacey made a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the host came up with the perfect skit to highlight the actor's many talents: Spacey headed up a barbershop quartet that put a doo-wop twist on the Jason Derulo hit, Talk Dirty.

Interview on the Red Carpet With Woody Allen

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.22.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I was honored to speak with him about his mélange of beauty and sorrow, hope and despair, joy and cruelty, and found him to be incredibly unassuming and vulnerable, answering honestly and candidly about his strengths as an artist.

Six Films That Could Save The World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I still hope for a day when Israeli filmmakers will be allowed to show their films in festivals throughout the Arab world and Palestinian filmmakers will once again show their oeuvres in Jerusalem, Haifa and other festivals around the country.

Classics in HD -- Film School 101 at Symphony Space

Christopher Atamian | Posted 09.20.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Under the expert curatorial guidance of Ed Budz, the Thalia theater at Symphony Space is offering a remarkable cinematic series this summer. Appropriately if prosaically titled Classics in HD, it includes some of the most memorable films in 20th century film history.

Academy Award Winner Kevin Kline on the Chicago International Film Festival Summer Gala Red Carpet

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.01.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It was a star-studded evening last Saturday night in Chicago as Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival - celebrating its 50th anni...

Here's a Media Insight: the Experts Are Clueless

Robert Marich | Posted 08.26.2014 | Media
Robert Marich

In 1977, a reputable media researcher speaking to a convention of theater owners predicted that competition from the then-embryonic cable TV business would wipe out U.S. cinema by the mid-1980s. What happened?