What's one to make of the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger is the best thing in his comeback film, "The Last Stand?" Well, that the actor has learned a few things while being away for eight years, and the movie simply isn't very good.
Watching Shatterglass Studios' 2012 Ebertfest documentary sure whets my appetite for the 2013 festival.
Directors, actors, cinematographers and film buffs, many of whom attend the festival each year, talk about the event as a family ritual, an amazing gathering of the tribe and unlike any other film festival they've attended.
This time of year, Hollywood is awash in awards ceremonies, all leading up to the industry acme: the Academy Awards. There are basically two sorts of organizations that present awards during this season — guilds of Hollywood professionals who actually make movies and societies of critics and reviewers who write about them.
CHAMPAIGN — Since it was launched nearly two years ago, the C-U Film Society has sponsored four workshops, a late-night screening of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and post-screening discussions of other classic movies.
CHAMPAIGN — As part of the C-U Film Society's Visiting Filmmaker Series, director Cory McAbee will be at a free screening this week of his family-friendly movie "Crazy & Thief" as well as a separate meet-and-greet at Crane Alley.
The 52-minute micro-budget movie is showing at film festivals worldwide; Indiewire listed it as one of the Top 10 best undistributed films of 2012.
Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" walks a fine line between drama and incredulity as it threatens to veer into melodramatic territory at its peril.
SAVOY — Fans of writer Nicholas Sparks might want to check out "A Night with Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven: Filmmakers, Author and Stars Bring the Book to Life" on 7 p.m. Thursday at the Savoy 16, 232 Burwash Ave.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois Public Media's next Community Cinema screening, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, will be of the documentary "Soul Food Junkies."
After the free screening at the Champaign Public Library, there will be a discussion of the issues raised by the movie. The panelists include Doug Williams of Faith in Action, Gayle and Ronick Frazier of Flava Catering and Imani Bazzell of SisterNet.