Chuck Koplinski: Past sins haunt powerful 'Ida'

A subtle knockout, Pawel Pawlikowski's haunting "Ida" is a film that deals with issues of faith, identity, religion and guilt as it tells the story of one young woman, yet powerfully exposes the mindset of Poland's post-World War II generation.

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

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

Friday Night Live

'Giving community' putting its best foot forward

PHILO — Maybe it's the makeup being applied to Victor Garber's face. Or perhaps it's the location — David and Patricia Block's beautiful thoroughbred-horse farm south of Philo off Illinois 130.

Richard J. Leskosky: A little humor from Cannes

Last month's Cannes Film Festival once again presented some of the best films made in the past year, but it also hosted the annual Marche du Film, a marketplace for anyone with a movie — or even just an idea for a movie — to sell. The (literal) first line in those sales campaigns is the synopsis that appears in any listing of the film.

Reluctant Townie: Summer blockbusters have lost their punch

Summer Event Movie season is upon us, the time of year film studios spend more money than the gross domestic product of Luxembourg to ensure you get your annual fill of spectacle and destruction.

Who lives here? June 21, 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?"

Immigration reform film premiering

The local premiere of the immigration reform film "The Stranger" will take place at 7 p.m. June 24.

The screening will be at Twin City Bible Church's Midtown campus, 24 E. Green St., C.

Chuck Koplinski: Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' offers fresh take, new turf

One would think that with more than 30 films under his belt as a director, Clint Eastwood would be out of tricks.

And yet, with his big-screen adaptation of the Broadway smash "Jersey Boys," he not only breaks new ground for himself — as this is the first musical he has directed — but is also able to bring a new perspective to the genre and this story as well.

Film capsules, June 19, 2014

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

Entertainment listings, June 19-26, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

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