Richard J. Leskosky

Richard J. Leskosky

Richard J. Leskosky | Facts often sketchy in 'My Darling Clementine'

What's in a name? Or a title? Does the title "My Darling Clementine" tell you the film is a great Western, let alone that it deals with one of the most iconic conflicts in the myth and history of the American West — the gunfight at the O.K. Corral? That's only the first of many complexities to explore when The News-Gazette Film Series screens John Ford's 1946 masterpiece at 1 and 7 p.m.

Richard J. Leskosky | Serious steps on display at Virginia Theatre

About 90 years ago, Hollywood was going through a major upheaval as it tried to adapt to the new technology and aesthetics of the sound film.

Richard J. Leskosky | The many Howards of Hollywood

Every once in a while, in haste to meet a deadline and/or writing after midnight, an error sometimes slips by me into one of my columns. That happened with my March 11 piece on "Gone with the Wind": I misidentified the actor playing Ashley Wilkes as Ronald Howard, instead of Leslie Howard.

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Gone with the Wind' presents challenges for today's viewers

It's Women's History Month, and St. Patrick's Day is approaching. And, coincidentally, this month's offering in The News-Gazette Film Series is a classic Hollywood adaptation of a bestselling novel by a female author about a strong woman from an Irish immigrant family who runs a couple of businesses in a war-torn region trying to preserve her family.

Richard J. Leskosky: Ticks in spotlight at Insect Fear Film Festival

Parasites are never fun — unless you're watching them on the big movie screen at the annual Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois. This year's festival (the 35th) will take place Saturday in Foellinger Auditorium and deals with some particularly loathsome parasites — ticks!

Richard J. Leskosky: UI grad returning to campus to show off work

Independent filmmaker David Franklin, a 1992 University of Illinois graduate and the winner of two Emmys, will be appearing with his award-winning first feature film, "As Far as the Eye Can See," at 7 p.m. Tuesday on campus at 124 Burrill Hall. The event is sponsored by the Campus Honors Program in cooperation with the Department of Media and Cinema Studies and is open to the public.

Richard J. Leskosky: Thaw out with 'Dr. Zhivago'

If January's snow and subzero temperatures got you down, you can warm your mood with February's entry in The News-Gazette Film Series, David Lean's "Dr. Zhivago," which will screen at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Richard J. Leskosky: Start 2018 off with some laughs

If 2017 has left you in need of a good, non-cynical laugh, The News-Gazette Film Series has just what you need in Frank Capra's classic 1944 farce "Arsenic and Old Lace." It will screen at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Richard J. Leskosky: Christmas specials — from Japan

Over the last 50 years or so, Americans have developed a new family Christmas tradition — gathering around the television to watch familiar movies and TV specials with Christmas themes.

Richard J. Leskosky: Holiday classics hitting Virginia's big screen

Certain films have become standard viewing around certain holidays — "Ben-Hur" at Easter, for instance, and "1776" for Independence Day. Christmas, though, has by far the most films associated with it as classics.