Actor impressed with 4-legged co-stars

To say that Thomas Haden Church is enthusiastic about his new film, "Max," is an understatement akin to saying the dogs in the movie worked kinda hard.

Who lives here? June 27, 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?"

Frank's Faves: Movie monsters

As genetically reanimated dinosaurs again run amok in theaters nationwide with this month's box-office-record release of "Jurassic World," I was interested to see the latest Spielberg blockbuster had inspired a faves list from Variety magazine of the "10 Best Monster Movies of All Time."

Entertainment listings, June 25-July 2, 2015

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

Chuck Koplinski: Too much bark, not enough bite in 'Max'

Patriotism is a hard thing to convey on the screen. One degree too much in either direction, and your film can come off as overtly political or insincere.

Film capsules, June 25, 2015

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

Records: Illinois film tax credits total $204 million so far

CHICAGO (AP) — Records show the state of Illinois has granted $204 million in tax breaks to more than 930 movies, TV shows and commercials filmed in the state from July 2008 to December 2014.

Chuck's Classics: "Out of the Past" (1947)

While film historians cite the 1944 release of Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity" as the start of the "film noir" genre, many consider this Jacques Tourneur film in which each element of that genre fell into place. Robert Mitchum is Jeff Bailey, a small-town gas-station attendant whose past comes back to haunt him.

The Future Five, June 22, 2015


Dinosaurs edge out emotions at box office

NEW YORK (AP) — In a box-office bout of Tyrannosaurus-sized proportions, "Jurassic World" kept the No. 1 spot with one of the biggest second weeks ever, while Pixar's "Inside Out" nearly matched it with a $91 million debut well above expectations.