Feature Column: Reel Advice


01/16/2015 - Most violent, most wanted, most magic
Simply the most!

01/09/2015 - January jewels
Hot movies for cold temps

12/31/2014 - 14 best movies of 2014
The best, and of course, the worst.

12/24/2014 - Jingle the woods
Even more movies for the holidays

12/19/2014 - Holiday grab bag
Holiday movie highs and lows

12/11/2014 - From top to bottom
Comedy and drama at the multiplex

12/05/2014 - Laughing all the way
Daring comedies with queer characters on DVD

11/28/2014 - Bodily Harm
Betrayed by their bodies

11/21/2014 - That old time religion
Jesus, save us from your followers!

11/14/2014 - Heroes and a zero
Love and fear are in the air

11/07/2014 - Directorial dynamite and a pair of duds
One out of three ain't bad

10/31/2014 - Neighbors, good and bad
There go the neighborhoods

10/24/2014 - Devils and saints
Blessings and curses

10/17/2014 - Sleeping and dreaming
Get your beauty rest!

10/12/2014 - Taking pride
Be proud or be gone, girl!

10/03/2014 - Happiness is...
Simon Pegg pegs it in new flick

09/26/2014 - Indie comedies rule
Indie comedies rule onscreen

09/19/2014 - Reeling reels on, My Old Lady does too
Reeling 32 round-up and My Old Lady opens

09/12/2014 - Once more with Reeling (Part three)
More Reel Advice Reeling reviews

09/05/2014 - Once more with Reeling (Part two)
More Reel Advice Reeling reviews

08/29/2014 - Once more with Reeling (Part one)
Reeling 32 reels in viewers

08/21/2014 - Skin Flicks
These flicks will get under your skin.

08/15/2014 - Give and take
Streep and Bridges give it a shot, Robin is grounded

08/08/2014 - Tastes of heaven
Brits Mirren and Radcliffe at the box office

07/31/2014 - Unexpected funny business
The Godfather and the Guardians give us something to laugh about

07/28/2014 - Reel Advice: The way it goes

07/18/2014 - Reel Advice: Religious experiences
Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' is worth seeing

07/13/2014 - Reel advice: Queer planet
A true summer blockbuster has dawned.

07/09/2014 - Reel Advice: Masters of sex?
Franco's 'Interior. Leather Bar.' comes off as voyeuristic

06/27/2014 - Reel advice: Music to our ears
Carney's 'Begin Again' doesn't quite recapture the magic of 'Once'

06/22/2014 - Reel advice: Mysterious strangers
Just in time for Pride month, The Case Against 8 premieres on HBO

06/14/2014 - Reel advice: Docs for pride
Moms Mabley makes for good Pride month entertainment

06/07/2014 - Reel advice: Stars in our eyes
Ansel Elgort gives Oscar caliber performance in 'Stars'

05/31/2014 - Reel advice: Flying high
Maleficent, a fairy tale that fails to live up to its potential

05/23/2014 - X-Men Days of Future Past and The Normal Heart

05/16/2014 - Reel advice: Humanity and horror
'Belle' a period film that rings with humanity

05/02/2014 - Reel Advice: Numbers
The Amazing Spider-Man 2; Four; Chicago diamond edition

04/25/2014 - Reel advice: Tragedy and comedy
The Other Woman is worth recommending

03/21/2014 - Reel advice: Grand, divergent and wanted
Room service: Book a room at The Grand Budapest Hotel

03/07/2014 - Animation, annihilation and aggravation
Mr. Peabody & Sherman a pleasing experience for everyone

02/07/2014 - Reel Advice: Monumental
Clooney's wartime drama is a pleasant winter movie distraction

02/01/2014 - Reel Advice: Beauty, truth and tragedy
On DVD: Beauty, truth and tragedy

12/28/2013 - Reel advice: Stories, true and otherwise
'August: Osage County' falters; 'Long Walk to Freedom' flawed

12/11/2013 - Reel advice: From Dallas to Nebraska
Dallas Buyers Club: McConaughey, Leto in fight against AIDS

12/01/2013 - Reel Advice: TV on DVD
TV on DVD, gifts for people on your holiday list

11/22/2013 - Reel advice: Hunger and horror
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire delivers, raises the stakes

11/14/2013 - Reeling Advice: Reaching for the Moon
Reeling: 'Reaching for the Moon' is one of the best movies of the year

11/07/2013 - Selected titles screening at Reeling 31
Reeling Advice: Selected titles screening at Reeling 31, Nov. 7 - 14

10/26/2013 - Getting Carried away
Horror stories: Halloween alternatives to the Carrie remake

09/27/2013 - Reel advice: Burning rubber(s)
Don Jon proves to be a smooth move for Joseph Gordon-Levitt

09/13/2013 - Reel advice: Families in turmoil
De Niro's 'The Family' falters as dark comedy

08/23/2013 - Heroic acts
Matt Damon delivers in Elysium, while Jodie Foster fails

08/09/2013 - In theaters: Canyons, Millers and Hannah

07/26/2013 - Reel Advice: Wolves and sheep
Despite a barrage of fight scenes, The Wolverine lacks bite

07/12/2013 - Reel advice: Damaged goods
I’m So Excited is a candy-colored trifle

07/05/2013 - Reel advice: Long, strange trips
A special effects bonanza, The Lone Ranger suffers from violence

06/11/2013 - Reel advice: Troubled times
After Earth comes close to being Shyamalan’s best work in recent years

05/24/2013 - Reel Advice: Portrait of an Epic Hangover
The Hangover, Part III is drunk on irreverence

05/17/2013 - Reel Advice: Fashion statements
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's, a big, wet kiss to the legendary store

05/10/2013 - Reel advice: Iron men and women
Baz Luhrmann had one good movie in him, and it’s not The Great Gatsby

05/03/2013 - Reel Advice: What’s up? Docs!
Hava Nagila: The Movie in theaters, plus Francois Sagat's doc on DVD

04/26/2013 - Reel Advice: Identity crises
Confused identities play a large role in The Big Wedding

04/19/2013 - Reel advice: Highs and lows
Oblivion, the most fun you will have at the movies this weekend

04/12/2013 - Powerful women
The Sapphires is as informative as it is entertaining

04/06/2013 - Reel Advice : Oh, the misery
On DVD: Les Misérables, Little White Lies and Farewell, My Queen

03/29/2013 - Reel advice: Schooled
Admission doesn't make the grade

03/22/2013 - Call the Croods
The Call brings viewers to the edge of their seats

03/15/2013 - Growing pains and pains in the neck
On DVD: Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You

03/08/2013 - In theaters: Shalom, Oz!
As unnecessary prequels go, Oz is near the top of the list.

03/01/2013 - In theaters: The Sweeney
The Sweeney, a fast-paced and violent drama, has entertainment value

02/22/2013 - Sunset Boulevard and Cabaret
Oscar-winning Sunset Boulevard and Cabaret now on Blu-ray

02/15/2013 - A Good Day to Die Hard
A Good Day to Die Hard, not your typical parent & child reunion movie

02/08/2013 - In theaters: Identity Thief
Identity Thief struggles with its own identity

02/01/2013 - Reel advice: Near-death experiences
As cold weather entertainment goes Warm Bodies is hot

01/25/2013 - Quartet, Hollywood to Dollywood
Quartet, Hollywood to Dollywood and MusiCares: Barbra Streisand

01/18/2013 - Broken City, Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook is one of the best films of 2012

01/11/2013 - Promised Land, Hope Springs and Men in Black 3
Promised Land simply doesn’t live up to its promise

01/04/2013 - Hyde Park on Hudson
Hyde Park on Hudson is a disappointing historical drama

12/21/2012 - Les Misérables, This Is 40, and The Doctor’s Wife
Les Misérables, more than two and half hours of dreary dramatics

12/07/2012 - In theaters: Starlet
Starlet from Chicago-based Music Box Films should be seen

11/29/2012 - Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights"

11/23/2012 - "United In Anger" and "Liz & Dick"
Liz & Dick is worth seeing if you have 90 minutes to waste

11/16/2012 - "Lincoln" and "Magical Mystery Tour"
The supporting cast give “Lincoln” its stature and power

11/09/2012 - Bond's Skyfall and Holy Motors
Skyfall and Holy Motors

11/02/2012 - Cloud Atlas, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion
Cloud Atlas wants to be about something, but it never succeeds

10/18/2012 - "The Wise Kids" and "Yossi"
“The Wise Kids” is a brave and, yes, wise achievement

08/31/2012 - “Premium Rush” and “The Possession”
Don't rush to see "Premium Rush" in the theater

08/23/2012 - “Sparkle” and “Nobody Else But You”
When all is said and sung, “Sparkle” doesn’t even “Glitter”

08/11/2012 - "The Bourne Legacy” and "Total Recall"
A fit Colin Farrell is totally the reason for seeing "Total Recall"

07/27/2012 - Ruby Sparks
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris strike gold again with “Ruby Sparks”

07/20/2012 - “The Dark Knight Rises" and "Beasts"
Dark Knight’s long goodbye is almost worth every minute

07/13/2012 - “Magic Mike” and “To Rome With Love”
There's little magic in 'Mike's' shockingly unsexy strip act

07/06/2012 - Ellie's Head and The Skinny
'Ellie's Head,' 'Endgame: AIDS in Black America' and 'The Skinny'

06/08/2012 - Pink Ribbons, Inc. and Going Down in La-La Land
Gregg Shapiro reviews Pink Ribbons, Inc. and Going Down in La-La Land

06/01/2012 - "Snow White and the Huntsman"
Reviews "Snow White and the Huntsman"

05/25/2012 - Bernie and Men In Black 3
Reviews "Bernie" and "Men In Black 3"

05/18/2012 - “What To Expect..." and "Dark Shadows"
Reviews "Dark Shadows", "The Perfect Family" and "What to Expect..."

05/13/2012 - "Dark Shadows" and "The Perfect Family"
Gregg Shapiro reviews "Dark Shadows" and "The Perfect Family"

05/04/2012 - "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Hit So Hard"

04/13/2012 - “Bully”
Gregg Shapiro on the emotionally raw and gut-wrenching doc "Bully"

03/30/2012 - “Mirror, Mirror”
Review of Julia Robert's campy rendition of a fairy tale classic

03/23/2012 - "The Hunger Games"
Shapiro calls "The Hunger Games" exhilarating and visually captivating

03/02/2012 - The Lorax - Wanderlust
Gregg Shapiro on The Lorax and Wanderlust

02/22/2012 - Oscar picks and predictions 2012
Gregg Shapiro's Oscar picks and predictions

02/17/2012 - "Rampart" and "Joffrey: Mavericks of Dance"
Gregg Shapiro reviews "Rampart" and "Joffrey: Mavericks of Dance"