Frank's Faves: The good guys don't always win

This week:

SPOILER ALERT!!! There, now don't say I didn't warn you ...

With the NFL playoffs underway, odds are that your favorite football team has already posted its last "L" of the year and called it a season.

If not, bully for you. Go set your DVR for next weekend's nail-biter.

Chuck's Classics: "Double Indemnity" (1944)

While interviewing him late in his career, a reporter told author James M. Cain that it was a shame that Hollywood ruined all his books.

Ask 'Mimi,' Jan. 10, 2016

Didn't Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond shoot a movie decades ago in Champaign?

Yes, Zsigmond, who died Jan. 1 at age 85, shot part of "Flesh and Blood," a CBS-TV movie about incest starring Tom Berenger and Suzanne Pleshette, in 1979 at the UI Assembly Hall.

And the nominees are...

Since 2007, staff writer Tim Mitchell has predicted who will get nominated for the Academy Awards. The official announcement is at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills; the 88th Academy Awards show is Feb. 28 from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Who lives here? Jan. 9, 2016

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?"

Entertainment listings, Jan. 7-14, 2016

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

Frank's Faves: Rock goes to the movies

If there's a rock 'n' roll heaven, you know they've got a hell of a band ...

Sure as I'm sitting here, that heavenly rock band got a whole lot deeper this past year.

Chuck Koplinski: 'The Revenant' is a sight to behold

Among experts of the era of western exploration of the United States, the legend of scout Hugh Glass is well known.

Having been attacked by a grizzly bear in 1823 while on an expedition in South Dakota for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, he was left for dead by two comrades who had agreed to stay behind to care for him.

Best of 2015 Movie "Meh"-hem

I've seen a few movies in my time, so it's very possible that a sense of burnout has set in. Perhaps that's why most of the cinematic fare of 2015 left me with a feeling of "Meh" rather than elation or wonder. Were there good movies? Yes, plenty of them. Were there great movies? Very, very few in my humble opinion.