The Columbia Chronicle

‘Captain America’ ends brutal winter with summer blockbuster action

Captain America

By Josh Weitzel

April 14, 2014

Marvel Comics’ ever-expanding movieverse has been impressive since its arrival on the big screen six years ago and what makes “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” successful is its contribution t...

A story of love and loss set in Paris,

‘The Jewels’ a lackluster attempt to shine

April 14, 2014

In its world premiere, “The Jewels,” from TUTA Theatre Chicago at the DCA Storefront Theatre, 66 E. Randolph St., shows that Paris, the city of light and romance, is not always perfect in springtim...

Dopey DeMarco shows depth

Indie rocker Mac DeMarco charms the crowd at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., with his talent April 2.

By Brandon Howard

April 7, 2014

The last time Mac DeMarco played at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave, was in July 2013. At the time, the young Canadian lo-fi indie rocker was just finishing recording his new album Salad Days, releas...

Bottlefork, 441 N. Clark St., operated by Rockit Ranch Productions, focuses on perfecting smoked meats and creatively mixed drinks. The Wood Grilled Ground Bacon Burger ($17) is smoked in-house.

Bottlefork a smokin’ success

April 7, 2014

In what looks like a cross between a tavern and a cooking show, business-casual twenty and thirty-somethings sit at crowded tables and giant booths divided between two bars—one for the drinks and the other for ...

Noah

‘Noah’ rocks the boat, nearly capsizes

April 7, 2014

Director Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan," Requiem for a Dream") has taken on a subject rife with controversy for his first big-budget blockbuster "Noah." A biblical epic is a risky project, and religion...

Lorde

Lorde Almighty

March 31, 2014

Under a twinkling night sky dusted with surreal clouds stands a miniature castle and a meek, doe-eyed Lorde, wearing an oversized blouse and suit pants, wailing above a pulsating beat to a crowd.“You cou...

The Grand Budapest Hotel

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ worth extended stay

March 31, 2014

Eccentric director Wes Anderson, known for “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” is one of this generation’s most recognizable talents. Through a unique visual and topical style he has ma...

‘Veronica Mars’ mystery worth investigating

Veronica Mars

By Stephen Hall Film Critic

March 17, 2014

In the early 2000s, “Veronica Mars” delighted audiences with three seasons of the heroic tales of its teenage title character, who solved mysteries while dealing with the pressures of high school. ...

Spritz Burger

Fast food gets gourmet twist

March 17, 2014

Burger lovers searching for somewhere new to eat should look no further than Lakeview’s newest restaurant, Spritz Burger. Since its Feb. 14 opening, Spritz Burger, 3819 N. Broadway, has brought a br...

Crepes

Say ‘Bonjour’ (again) to La Creperie

March 10, 2014

Last year, a turn of events caused Lakeview eatery La Creperie to close its doors, but the French favorite reopened in December 2013. Germain and Sara Roignant opened La Creperie, 2845 N. Clark St., i...

The Wind Rises

Miyazaki offers dark twist to outstanding career

March 10, 2014

Traditional animation is becoming unfashionable in the United States. Changing tastes have given rise to computer-generated films like the Oscar-winning “Frozen” in favor of Disney’s near-extin...

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Play about immigrant struggles touches audiences

March 10, 2014

Seen as the ultimate melting pot of old and new, America has long been a destination for immigrants dreaming of success and opportunity. Steppenwolf Theatre’s new production “Russian Transport” exp...

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