Film Search | Chicago Reader

You searched for:

Search for…

Narrow Search

  • Author

  • Rating

  • Show only

  • Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)

    Packed with gung ho war-movie clichés and subpar shock-and-awe visual effects, this terminally stupid sci-fi adventure pits an army of tentacled aliens piloting Transformer-style robots against a platoon of stoic warriors from the Fifth Marines' Second Battalion (the legendary "Retreat, hell!" battalion of World War I). more...
  • Beautiful Darling (NR)

    A bittersweet fresco of glamor, fame, and sexual variance, James Rasin's video documentary chronicles the short life of Andy Warhol's most beautiful drag "superstar": James Slattery, aka Candy Darling, a Kim Novak devotee who starred in Warhol and Paul Morrissey's Women in Revolt and was a subject of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side." more...
  • The Change-Up (R)

    High-living bachelor and occasional porno actor Ryan Reynolds and his longtime best friend, a straight-arrow husband and lawyer played by Jason Bateman, stumble across a wish-granting statue and end up swapping bodies, to frequently lewd, sometimes amusing, but rarely surprising effect. more...
    • Tags:
  • Colombiana (PG-13)

    Often improbable, sometimes ludicrous, but frequently exciting, this is the latest attempt by producer-screenwriter Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) to peddle his notion of a feminist action blockbuster. more...
  • Didine

    This comedy-romance-drama is both funny and sad, and its exploration of thirtysomething femininity makes twentysomethings seem immature. more...
  • Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (R)

    A little girl (Bailee Madison), sent to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in an old, dark house, discovers that the basement is inhabited by murderous little creatures visible only to her. more...
  • The Eagle (PG-13)

    This fine historical adventure is set in 140 AD in ancient Brittannia, where a noble Roman (Channing Tatum) and his feisty British slave (Jamie Bell) travel past "the end of the world"—Hadrian's Wall in northern England—to recover a Golden Eagle emblem lost by the Roman's father when his legion was destroyed by British "savages." more...
  • Fast Five (PG-13)

    The fifth installment in the franchise that began with The Fast and the Furious (2001) pulls together veterans from the first four, headed by Vin Diesel as the car-crazy thief and Paul Walker as the lawman turned outlaw. more...
  • Fast Five: The IMAX Experience (PG-13)

    The fifth installment in the franchise that began with The Fast and the Furious (2001) pulls together veterans from the first four, headed by Vin Diesel as the car-crazy thief and Paul Walker as the lawman turned outlaw. more...
    • Tags:
  • Green Lantern (PG-13)

    Warner Brothers tries to launch yet another superhero franchise with this big-screen vehicle for the green-masked DC Comics crime fighter, who's been around, in some form or other, since the 1940s. more...
  • Green Lantern 3D (PG-13)

    Warner Brothers tries to launch yet another superhero franchise with this big-screen vehicle for the green-masked DC Comics crime fighter, who's been around, in some form or other, since the 1940s. more...
  • The Guard (R)

    Brendan Gleeson, as beefily Irish an actor as anyone since Victor McLaglen, is always believable and frequently hilarious as a West Country cop recruited by an American FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to go after some local Irish drug smugglers. more...
  • I Don't Know How She Does It (PG-13)

    A Boston bank executive (Sarah Jessica Parker, sporting the most spectacular working woman's wardrobe this side of Sex and the City) tries to satisfy a demanding boss (Kelsey Grammer), support an out-of-work architect husband (Greg Kinnear), and raise two kids, even as she periodically flies to Manhattan to nurture her own business project with a flirtatious financier (Pierce Brosnan). more...
  • Incredibly Small (NR)

    This believably unhappy romantic comedy, about a 20-something couple falling apart, may mark the filmmaking debut of Chicagoan Dean Peterson, but it offers sharper dialogue and better performances than many a big studio rom-com. more...
    • Tags:
  • The Killer

    Dark-eyed dandy Gilbert Melki and sullen, feral-looking Gregoire Colin make an interesting pair in this 2007 neonoir by writer-director Cedric Anger. more...