Chuck Koplinski: 'John Wick' bloody and brilliant

Make no mistake, there's little in the way of originality where David Leitch and Chad Stahelski's "John Wick" is concerned. It's a simple story you know well — a man of violence, in an attempt to put his past behind him, settles down with a family and starts a new life.

Notes-Worthy: Blues singer Jackie Scott

This week, Paul Wood chats with blues singer Jackie Scott, who’s from Virginia but has done her homework in the Chicago blues style. She’s usually backed by the Housewreckers, but in her performance Friday, she’s with Kilborn Alley at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U. The show starts at 9 p.m. Both Scott and Kilborn Alley won Blues Blast Magazine awards in 2010. 

Entertainment listings, Oct. 23-30, 2014

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Clubs listings, Oct. 23-30, 2014

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Krannert has big addition for play

Krannert has a mammoth play continuing this weekend.

Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth" won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1943.

Illinois bands corner

Here is what the bands are doing this weekend for the UI homecoming and Alumni Band Weekend celebration:


4:50 p.m.: Marching Illini march-out from the Armory to the MI Practice Field at First and Gregory.

Beach Boys to play at the Virginia

The Beach Boys will bring their popular singing act to Champaign's Virginia Theatre on Dec. 15, it was announced Wednesday.

Tickets range from $59.50 to $99.50.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

Staff writer TIM MITCHELL’s entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


Chuck Classics: 'In a Lonely Place'

Before making the penultimate outsider movie "Rebel Without a Cause" in 1955, director Nicholas Ray was cutting his teeth on tales of alienation with the overlooked classic "In a Lonely Place," a compelling and subtly disturbing film featuring one of Humphrey Bogart's great late performances as well as a solid turn from the criminally underrated Gloria Graham.

Richard J. Leskosky: Films that rock

If you still haven't settled on a Halloween costume, have you considered going as a rock? Not scary, you say? Well, actually a fair number of films have featured scary rocks, so you might reconsider.

Most "geology fear" films focus on volcanoes or earthquakes or caverns. But menacing rocks and boulders show up in many films; sometimes they're even animate.