Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

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Melissa Merli: Forget the snub; 'Selma' teaches crucial lessons

Having seen the movie "Selma" on Monday at the Art Theater Co-op and the actual Edmund Pettus Bridge in that Alabama city in the '80s, "Selma" resonated with me.

Not so much as a movie or dramatization of the events. For some reason, I failed to feel stirred except over the archival footage in the movie of the 1965 march over the Selma bridge to the state capital of Montgomery.

Here's what's happening on the film scene

Film puts spotlight on nuclear arms

"The Man Who Saved the World," a feature-length film that tells the true yet nearly unknown story of Stanislav Petrov, the Soviet lieutenant colonel who prevented nuclear Armageddon at the height of the Cold War, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1090 of Lincoln Hall at the UI in Urbana.

Ask 'Mimi,' Feb. 1, 2015

What awards has "Life Itself" won?

So far, it's received a slew of nominations, except for the well-publicized Oscar "snub," and 18 wins, mainly in the best documentary category.

Who lives here? Jan. 31, 2015

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?"

Chicago suburb to honor Harold Ramis during Groundhog Days

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago suburb where Harold Ramis filmed the movie "Groundhog Day" plans to honor the late director.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Black or White' flawed but noble look at race issue

Much like "American Sniper," Mike Binder's "Black or White" is likely to draw a disparate number of responses, interpretations and criticisms as it deals with the issue of race relations, a subject people are passionate about to such a degree that they're eager to share their views, which are often fixed and unalterable.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 29-Feb. 5, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Frank's Faves, Jan. 29, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend, which naturally turns my thoughts to pigskins and gridirons on flat-screens — and the best football movies ever made.

Film capsules, Jan. 29, 2015

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day