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Chuck Koplinski: Affleck in director's chair delivers engrossing 'Argo'

If there's a recurring theme in the three films Ben Affleck has directed, it's that he's fascinated with how characters react when they're trapped.

Groups will screen award-winning documentary

CHAMPAIGN — Two Parkland College groups will offer a free screening of the award-winning documentary "Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life," from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Champaign Public Library.

Richard Leskosky: Cinematic challenge

My previous column looked at genre movie heroes and villains who had lost the use of one or more limbs or even the limbs themselves. A more serious disadvantage in the movies, though, is blindness — and not just for the obvious reasons.

An end-of-the-summer rite might also signal the end of an era in Gibson City

Outside my window, I can hear the radio,

And I know that motor wagon's gettin' ready to fly,

'cause it's almost Saturday night.

— John Fogerty

Richard Leskosky: Disabilities featured in many films

Before she even said a word, Illinois congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth, former director of the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs and a veteran herself, created a sensation at the Democratic National Convention when she strode to the podium on her artificial legs.

Documentary looks at town with closed GM plant

CHAMPAIGN — WILL's Community Cinema will screen at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Champaign Public Library the documentary "As Goes Janesville," which takes viewers to the front lines of America's debate over the future of its middle class.

The free screening — and a discussion of the issues it raises — will be in Robeson Rooms A & B.

Chuck Koplinski: Neeson caters to his audience in 'Taken 2'

Having stumbled upon a new career path with "Taken," Liam Neeson has become the action star of the moment, parlaying the success of that film — which grossed a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide — into a series of uneven action movies ("The Grey" good; "Taken" not so much) that have elevated his international box office appeal.

'Looper' director offers new twist on common theme

The time travel movie has become something of a subgenre in the science-fiction field, so much so that one would think that it's been played out.

Drive-in's donor campaign hits deadline $70,000 short

GIBSON CITY — With an Internet donation campaign hitting its deadline, the picture for Harvest Moon Drive-In is fading — but not completely dark.

Owner Michael Harroun said Friday that the drive has raised $50,000 of the $120,000 required by a Kickstarter online donation campaign, while time just ran out.

Theaters seeking help to stay afloat

GIBSON CITY — Mike Harroun, owner of the Harvest Moon Twin Drive In Movie Theatre, doesn't count himself among the nation's 1 percent.

"I'm not one of the rich. I'm a working-class guy. I'm Joe the Plumber. Unfortunately, Momma didn't leave me a silver spoon," he said.