Chuck Koplinski: 'Patriots Day' a gripping, earnest tribute

Only three years removed from the event itself, Peter Berg's "Patriots Day" runs the risk of reopening fresh wounds and perhaps offending victims of the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013, the event at the core of this tribute to American — particularly Bean Town — fortitude and patriotism.

Frank's Faves: Movie firsts

This week: Remember your first time? That you saw a movie, I mean ...

'La La Land' cleans up at Golden Globes

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — "La La Land" steamrolled, "Moonlight" swooped in at the last minute and Meryl Streep offered a stirring rebuke to President-elect Donald Trump at a schizophrenic Golden Globes that pivoted between heartfelt moments of protest and a desire to sing and dance.

Who lives here? Jan. 7, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

#TheMJs, Jan. 6, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Chuck Koplinski: 'Hidden Figures' fine but lacks bite

Theodore Melfi's "Hidden Figures" is the sort of sanitized history lesson that sets out to right past wrongs by presenting a story infused with good intentions and a sense of righteousness.

Chuck Koplinski: 2016's best movies

There were two dominating factors in American film this year — Disney Studios and animated features — and it should come as no surprise that the success of one went hand-in-hand with the other. Never before has one studio controlled the overall global box office as the Mouse House did in 2016.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 5-12, 2017


This weekend


What: Free carousel rides and Balloons by Pookie. Entertainment/performances near the fountain.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 6 (first Friday of each month).

Where: Food court at Market Place Mall, Champaign.

More info: Call 356-2700.


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

Silly, serious collide in film