Richard J. Leskosky

Richard J. Leskosky

Richard J. Leskosky | Source of term 'Gaslight' coming to Virginia

Over the last couple of years, you may have seen news stories claiming that various politicians have been trying to "gaslight" their constituents or the public at large. You can uncover the source of that odd, seemingly archaic, term when The News-Gazette Film Series screens the 1944 mystery classic "Gaslight" at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Richard J. Leskosky | Termites in spotlight at film festival

It may still be too cold to spot insects outdoors, but you can see a veritable indoor menagerie of them at the annual Insect Fear Film Festival sponsored by the University of Illinois Department of Entomology and the Entomology Graduate Students Association (EGSA).

Richard J. Leskosky | Fred and Ginger to take over the Virginia

If you find the February weather or the current political situation depressing, you might check out "Top Hat," the film that cheered up audiences in the midst of the Great Depression. The News-Gazette Classic Film Series will be screening that 1935 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Richard J. Leskosky | 1939 was arguably the best year for films

The new year is already looking a lot like last year in terms of the films you're likely to see in theaters.

Superhero blockbusters ("Captain Marvel," "Avengers: Endgame," "Dark Phoenix," "Shazam," "Spider-Man: Far from Home") will be aiming for that billion dollar benchmark at the box office.

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Charade' a blend of comedy, romance, thrills

If any of your New Year's resolutions involved watching better movies in 2019, you won't want to miss "Charade," Stanley Donen's 1963 blend of comedy, romance and thrills, when it screens in The New-Gazette Film Series at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. Tickets cost $6.

Richard J. Leskosky | Celebrating 200 years of Frankenstein

This may not quite keep in tune with the holiday season, but I can't let 2018 end without noting that it marks the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's famous novel, "Frankenstein, or the New Prometheus," and the creation of the monster who has lumbered through so much of popular culture ever since.

Richard J. Leskosky | The holiday gift of films

This year, The News-Gazette's Best Christmas Movies Ever mini-series at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign features a stronger helping of fantasy than usual with a British film retelling a story that has been a classic for almost 200 years. Tickets for the shows this week are $6, or you can see all five for $24.

Richard J. Leskosky | Boris Karloff: More than just a monster

Friday was the birthday (the 129th) of Boris Karloff. Best known for his association with horror and suspense, he has two stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, one for his films and one for his TV work. He also edited horror anthologies in print, acted on the radio and performed on the stage as well.

Richard J. Leskosky | Gender parity improves at animation festival

Since 2010, there have been at least 104 major animated feature releases — that is, "major" in the sense that they were screened in over 1,000 theaters at the same time.

Richard J. Leskosky | Director of 'Mr. Smith' didn't skimp on details

Injecting a timely dose of political idealism into the 2018 election period, The News-Gazette Film Series presents "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," Frank Capra's 1939 political satire about a naive young senator battling government corruption in the face of overwhelming opposition. This American classic screens at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.