With no VIP room, limited cover charges and a refreshingly diverse crowd, the lush and elegant Envy wins over this bitchy scribe ... Lines too long for green beer this (and every) year ... & A new recording studio in town.
Heather McGill's one-woman show at Revolution utilizes industrial materials in a sensuous, organic style ... & Roam Gallery exhibits photos and sculptures that'll take you on an elegant trip to the dark side.
Writer-director Henry Jaglom (Déjà Vu) observes the feeding and mating habits of the cinema set in this bestiary — ironically without a moral or much of a story — of Hollywood’s more-or-less luminaries and the predators of their circle.
"Sometimes, I think I'm gonna be alone forever." Jessica's fear strikes at the sensitive core of single women everywhere, and so does this filmwith its natural, hip and aware perspective into the tragedies and unpredictable rewards of the search for love.
Reality TV is perhaps now overripe for parody. Showtime comes along late in the game to take another kick at a horse that may not be dead, but no longer occupies the winner’s circle of fickle popularity. But the kick misses and Showtime slips into self-parody — with Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro.
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson from a script inspired by the popular video game of the same name, the new speed-metal of action flicks doesn’tbelieve in calm, unless it’s that oh-so-brief pause before a storm of montage, or the minibreaths between outbreaks of splatter and dread — with Milla Jovovich.
Next door to the Little Professor bookstore and newsstand, Little Café offers well-made salads of the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink variety, and decent sandwiches too. But coffee and dessert are where the café shines thus far. Coffees come from a microroaster near Seattle. There's a long list of ice cream sundaes and sodas, including imported Italian confections and gelato, and gourmet ice cream from Oak Park-based, family-owned Ashby’s Sterling. Overall, it's a sweet place to sit, linger and read.
The first film by director Kiyoshi Kurosawa to get a theatrical release in the United States is a nasty little number with a neat hook: a serial killer who murders by proxy, hypnotizing people who commit the foul deeds, and a wonderful central performance which helps the viewer ease past its many implausibilities.