While there's never any doubt that Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" was made with the best of intentions, something goes slightly awry in the execution of this environmental awareness movie.
Many of us will remember 2012 as the year we lost two great ones: Dan Perrino and Thomas Schleis.
Another great local talent also died in the year that almost was: Rachael Lee, a jazz vocalist from Macon who at one time lived in Champaign-Urbana and who enjoyed a regional reputation.
Well, the purported Mayan apocalypse didn't happen on Dec. 21, so there's time for my annual moviedom overview.
It's been quite a year for the film business. Though total ticket sales have still not climbed back to 2003-04 levels, they do exceed the numbers for the last couple of years. And more films were released in 2012 than in any of the past 30 years.
The 2012 film scene was much like many others in recent memory.
Movies are about moments — big moments that erase our cynicism about the art form and remind us of its capacity to dazzle, quiet moments that succeed in touching our hearts in a way only possible with the medium and moments that prompt us to consider things in a different light, encourage us to think about issues from a new perspective and empathize with others in a way we never could have expe
VILLA GROVE — Reggie Phillips is hoping moviegoers will soon be filling theater seats again.
The new owner, who also owns Unique Homes in Charleston, has been doing repairs and renovations to the former Gemini theater building in hopes of reopening the duplex cinema in early 2013.
We should all raise our glasses this holiday season to the Public Art League.
In just a short time, this group of private individuals has brought 31 sculptures to Champaign-Urbana. Most are here on two-year leases; a few have been purchased for permanent placement.
Though you may ultimately object to some of director Tom Hooper's decisions in his adaptation of the Broadway juggernaut "Les Miserables," at the very least give him credit for taking on such an arduous task.