August 20, 2016
Producers Mark Burnett and Roman Downey decided to reincarnate Ben-Hur for a new generation of moviegoers that never saw the 1959 version, which starred Charleton Heston. That film was so spectacular, so grand, so breathtaking that it won eleven Academy Awards. Why then mess with perfection? But mess with it they did to come up with a train wreck...To read more, click here.
Florence Foster Jenkins-movie review
August 13, 2016
The film centers on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins (1868-1944), the Manhattan society patron of the arts who had a passion for music. She thought she had a lovely coloratura soprano voice while in reality she had no sense of pitch, rhythm, and was so flat she could barely hold a note. But, she inherited a lot of money, and her riches allowed those around her to go to ridiculous lengths to protect her from reality. Meryl Streep, as always, delivers a superb transformative portrayal as the eccentric...To read more, click here.
Sorolla and the Paris Years
August 11, 2016
Giverny, France-The dazzling exhibit of Sorolla’s delectable landscapes, ravishing, sun-kissed beach canvases, and his captivating portraits in oil celebrate the artist’s original, imaginative, and lush style in thematic and chronological order. The Musée des impressionnismes takes a comprehensive look at Sorolla’s body of work, and spotlights his unique artistic mastery in early...To read more, click here.
Jason Bourne-movie review
July 30, 2016
While his attempt to find his personal identity fueled the previous suspense thrillers, in the new work, Jason Bourne has discovered everything. He has recovered from his amnesia and is still the deadly weapon created by the CIA, but the motivation that gave previous films a high-octane propulsion is gone. All we have left is repetitive hand-to-hand brutal and bruising fights, dozens of crazed car chases...To read more, click here.
War Paint-theater review
July 25, 2016
The lives and careers of cosmetic titans, Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, were the stuff of legend, and now their story is at the center of War Paint, the world-premiere musical that--operatic in style and scope--soars in a breathtaking, and stunning production at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The stylishly sophisticated musical is elegant, sleek, profound, and powerful. And Patti Lupone as Rubinstein and Christine Ebersole as Arden steal the show. To read more, click here.
The Black Widow-book review
July 19, 2016
He’s written a lot of thrillers since his first sizzling intrigue, The Unlikely Spy (1996), but The Black Widow is Daniel’s Silva’s best. Indeed, the novelist is at the top of his game—perhaps at the top of every fictional espionage game. His novels are typically page turners, but this new work has such a startling prophetic immediacy and such power...To read more, click here.
July 10, 2016
Aruba--While there is much to see and do on the enchanting island, my compelling favorite is a journey into the island’s fantastic underwater treasures. Aruba has become renowned for its snorkeling, scuba, and diving. It has an underwater reef that protects the waters surrounding the island—and is also home for a variety of fish, coral, and shipwrecks. Indeed, Aruba is a great destination for exploring shipwrecks. Most of the nautical skeletons that lie beneath the deep crashed near the reefs...To read more, click here.
I Wanna Be A Producer-book review
July 7, 2016
He was the entertainment lawyer for producers, stars, and theatrical celebrities. Indeed, John Breglio represented clients such as Michael Bennett (A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls), Allan Carr (La Cage Aux Folles), Blake Edwards (Victor, Victoria), and many others. Now in his book I Wanna Be A Producer, he gives us the benefit of his experience, knowledge, as well as stories about his relationships with the great and the famous. As he chronicles his life in show business, Breglio also gives us his behind-the-scenes involvement...To read more, click here.
Shakespeare in the Park
June 29, 2016
Grab your blankets and lawn chairs, the largest citywide event of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary continues with Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tours. The FREE 75-minute abridged production of Twelfth Night—staged by Kristen Kelly---begins on July 14 with 25 performances in 19 neighborhood parks across city parks. Join Shakespeare for the fifth annual parks tour as Chicago’s community and cultural...To read more, click here.
Independence Day: Resurgence-movie review
June 24, 2016
For those who loved the Independence Day film of 1996, the sequel may be a big disappointment. That’s because the movie’s sci-fi formula, doesn’t work as well twenty years later. And, although the special effects of the second flick are still amazing, we’ve been so inundated by so many other special-effect films that it’s not as big a deal as it once was. We’ve seen cities disappear, oceans in...To read more, click here.
Brad Thor's Foreign Agent-book review
June 14, 2016
Brad Thor, whose 14 books have sold more than 11 million copies across the globe, proves, with Foreign Agent (his 15th book), that he’s at the top of his spine-chilling, heart-racing game. While our government is blaming everyone for Islamo-Nazi atrocities--faulting inanimate guns for the killing spree of jihadists, and turning-the-cheek to a savage enemy--Horvath...To read more, click here.