Entertainment listings, Dec. 27 to Jan. 2

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The year's 10 best flicks — plus 10

The 2012 film scene was much like many others in recent memory.

The most magical movie moments of 2012

Movies are about moments — big moments that erase our cynicism about the art form and remind us of its capacity to dazzle, quiet moments that succeed in touching our hearts in a way only possible with the medium and moments that prompt us to consider things in a different light, encourage us to think about issues from a new perspective and empathize with others in a way we never could have expe

Theater in Villa Grove to reopen in 2013

VILLA GROVE — Reggie Phillips is hoping moviegoers will soon be filling theater seats again.

The new owner, who also owns Unique Homes in Charleston, has been doing repairs and renovations to the former Gemini theater building in hopes of reopening the duplex cinema in early 2013.

Melissa Merli's Art Beat: Public Art League already has made its mark on C-U

We should all raise our glasses this holiday season to the Public Art League.

In just a short time, this group of private individuals has brought 31 sculptures to Champaign-Urbana. Most are here on two-year leases; a few have been purchased for permanent placement.

Chuck Koplinski: An epic vision for 'Les Miserables'

Though you may ultimately object to some of director Tom Hooper's decisions in his adaptation of the Broadway juggernaut "Les Miserables," at the very least give him credit for taking on such an arduous task.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 20-27

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Richard J. Leskosky: Movie Santas have been naughty and nice

Hollywood never met a stereotype, cliche, platitude or popular symbol it did not embrace wholeheartedly. That's just good business and sells lots of movie tickets.

Ebertfest 2013 receives $20,000 grant

CHAMPAIGN — The 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival has received a 2013 film festival grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This is the fifth time the academy has given the grant to the festival, a special event of the University of Illinois College of Media, Ebert's alma mater.

Staerkel Planetarium show offers an enlightening look at some December traditions

In the grim short days of deep winter, the stars seem to shine even brighter and brittler.

David Leake, the director of the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College in Champaign, says cultures have come up with holidays all around the world to find warmth around the shortest day of the year, Dec. 21.