Movies let us experience a wide array of feelings and situations vicariously. In doing so, they let us deal with our own fears and anxieties in a safe, non-threatening setting. That's a large part of their appeal, and that helps explain the popularity of genre films: horror and science fiction, for example.
Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert is back at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, this time for physical therapy after a bout of pneumonia.
His wife, Chaz, said Ebert had been in the institute for a fractured hip. After his release he came down with pneumonia. After that cleared up, he returned to the Rehabilitation Institute for physical therapy.
The first surprise of the 2013 film year, Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" is a bold look at today's younger generation, portraying it as a group that has no firm connection with reality, content to exist in a hedonistic lifestyle in which all of their needs are met without taking any responsibility for any of the fallout that may result.
Zombies seem to have shambled into success almost everywhere these days: Big-budget films with big-name stars (Brad Pitt's "World War Z" comes out in June), groundbreaking TV series ("The Walking Dead"), best-selling novels ("Pride and Prejudice and Zombies") and even the auto industry (Subaru just recalled 5,000 "zombie cars" that start themselves).
Some full passes are still available for the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, associate festival director Mary Susan Britt said. And individual tickets go on sale in two weeks.
CHAMPAIGN — Tilda Swinton is back, and Jack Black is, well, Jack Black at next month's 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival.