Chuck Koplinski: 'Giant Slayer' scales heights of fairy-tale genre

While Hollywood studios are often criticized for having a lack of imagination where feature films are concerned (too many sequels and reboots, thank you) and have been knocked recently for plumbing the Fairy Tale Vault far too often, if the resulting film is as well-crafted and smart as Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer," I would willingly sit through a movie about "Tom Thumb."

So long, Beverly 18; new Carmike 13 won't open till summer

CHAMPAIGN — Moviegoers on the north side of Champaign will have to travel farther the next few months to get their fix of cinema.

The Beverly 18 multiplex at 910 Meijer Drive, C, closed in mid-February, and the theater complex replacing it isn't expected to open until summer, a spokesman for Carmike Cinemas said.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 28-March 7

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Film capsules, Feb. 28

From e3 magazine

Updated: Harvest Moon hits goal to stay open

Updated 9:29 p.m. Tuesday.

GIBSON CITY — The show will go on at the Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in this spring.

Harvest Moon owner Mike Harroun said a $10,000 donation received Tuesday from Neal Tire in Gibson City allowed the drive-in to meet its overall $165,000 fund raising goal.

Film festival submissions accepted through March 8

CHAMPAIGN — The New Art Film Festival to take place during the Boneyard Arts Festival in mid-April is accepting submissions through March 8 of movies made in Champaign-Urbana and the region.

Richard J. Leskosky: Oscar rules evolve

One of the most fascinating and important aspects of the Academy Awards gets hardly any news coverage: the rules governing eligibility and voting.

Oscar rules have changed and evolved in the last 85 years, along with the industry the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors. Every year, the academy fine-tunes the process.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Beautiful Creatures' brings chemistry to teen genre

Take a walk down the Teen Fiction aisle in any bookstore, and you'll see what "Twilight" has wrought. Book after book features young adults struggling with some sort of supernatural power or another, each trying to fit into the real world while dealing with all of those raging hormones.

'Truth,' bugs and fun at Insect Fear Film Festival

The Insect Fear Film Festival sponsored by the Entomology Graduate Students Association on the University of Illinois campus celebrates its 30th anniversary this year on Saturday — and the celebration includes a very special guest and something of a change from its traditional format.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 21-28

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