Chuck's Classics: 'To Be or Not to Be'

News-Gazette film reviewer Chuck Koplinski picks a flick you can't miss. This week, on Turner Classic Movies, it's "To Be or Not To Be."

Read more in Chuck's blog here

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

Staff writer Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


If you missed the film on award-winning critic Roger Ebert, "Life Itself," during Ebertfest or at the Art Theater in Champaign, the movie begins a run at the Virginia Theatre at 7 tonight. Repeat showings are scheduled each night through Aug. 1.


Richard J. Leskosky: Capra hit faced many hurdles

Earlier this month, you had the chance to see film legend Clark Gable as Fletcher Christian sailing the South Pacific in "Mutiny on the Bounty."

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Who lives here? July 26, 2014

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

Fan heaven: Comic-Con underway

Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love — after navigating crowds and waiting in line.

Film capsules, July 24, 2014

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

Chuck Koplinski: Star, intriguing science propel 'Lucy'

What with Marvel Films dragging its feet where making a "Black Widow" feature is concerned, French filmmaker Luc Besson has taken matters into his own hands and given us "Lucy," a star vehicle whose sole purpose is to let Scarlett Johansson shine.

Filmmaker plans documentary on Lincoln's tomb

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Iowa filmmaker plans to make a documentary about Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield, Illinois.

Top of the Morning, July 22, 2014

When news broke of James Garner's death, CHUCK KOPLINSKI quickly weighed in on our website. His blog — Cinemascoping — touted Garner as "not only one of the most natural actors to ever grace the screen but one we could relate to with ease.

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