Chuck's Classics: "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950)

Like most great films, John Huston's works on many different levels. This adaptation of W.R. Burnett's novel was the first heist movie to employ the now-classic structure of showing how a gang of thieves is put together and their plan hatched and executed.

French star learning language of Hollywood

LOS ANGELES — If you live in the United States, you probably don't know Omar Sy by name. But chances are, you've seen him.

The Future Five, July 27, 2015


'Ant-Man' holds off 'Pixels' at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Ant-Man" crept past new opener "Pixels" to claim the top spot at the box office this weekend by an ant-sized margin. The Disney-Marvel superhero film brought in $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $106.1 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

Richard J. Leskosky: Because one shark-movie column is never enough

I'm afraid I have to begin this second column on weird shark movies (here's the first) with an apology for inadvertently leaving readers last week with the impression that there were only three oddball shark franchises — the Mega Shark, Sharknado and Sharktopus films.

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Music scene

April Verch show

CHAMPAIGN — Fiddler, singer and step-dancer April Verch and her band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Upper Bout, 723 N. Neil St., C, as an event of the Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival.

Who lives here? July 25, 2015

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"

Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home to and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Frank's Faves: Shall We Play a Game?

Do today's action flicks seem like video games? There's a reason for that.

Film capsules, July 23, 2015

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine: